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« Reply #100 on: December 19, 2014, 04:25:37 AM »

Ted Cruz was on Bret Baier's Special Report, Tuesday I think it was, and I must say I was quite impressed, perhaps the best I have ever seen Cruz.  Perhaps someone can find a clip?

With regard to the question we are discussing at the moment, Cruz said the assertion that he was responsible for scores of nominations going through was false, Reid et al would simply have done it anyway a day or two later.  Thus, it would appear my criticism above may have been misplaced.

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What Really Happened This Weekend

Why I tried to block Obama’s amnesty.

By SEN. TED CRUZ

December 16, 2014

For the past week, Sen. Harry Reid has worked hard to prevent a vote on President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. Finally, after considerable turmoil this weekend, we were able to force a vote.

Only one month ago President Obama announced amnesty for roughly five million people here illegally. He did so in defiance of the manifest will of the voters; as he rightly noted, his “policies were on the ballot all across the country.” And the people voted overwhelmingly against amnesty.

Amnesty is wrong, and it is unfair. It’s unfair to millions of legal immigrants, to the 92 million Americans who are currently not in the labor force, and to minority communities across the nation struggling with record unemployment.

Even more troubling was how the amnesty was decreed: by executive fiat, directly contrary to federal immigration law and to the Constitution. The former prohibits issuing work authorizations to those here illegally, and the latter prohibits the president from ignoring federal laws passed by Congress.

If a president can defy federal law, it renders useless the checks and balances in our Constitution. And it sets the stage for presidents to ignore any other laws (tax, labor, environmental) with which they might disagree.

If Congress does nothing in response, we acquiesce to this constitutional crisis.

Late Thursday night, the House passed the so-called “CRomnibus,” funding the federal government to the tune of $1.1 trillion.

That’s what’s publicly known. Now let me tell you some of what happened behind closed doors.

Within hours, I joined a handful of other senators in going to leadership and affirmatively offering to cooperate to facilitate a quick vote on the CRomnibus—that very evening, we suggested—in exchange for a simple up or down vote on defunding executive amnesty.

Republican leadership told us we would likely get our vote. All day Friday, they told us the same thing. Then, late Friday night, Harry Reid apparently changed his mind, and we were told there would be no vote on amnesty.

At that point, I supported an objection to delaying the CRomnibus vote any further. We used the leverage we have under the rules to try to force our vote.

Harry Reid responded in anger. He forced the Senate to come back Saturday and spend the entire day casting procedural votes to move forward a series of Obama nominations.

Some critics have disingenuously suggested that, by fighting on amnesty, we somehow facilitated these Obama nominations. That’s nonsense; Harry Reid had announced a week earlier he was going to force through every one of these bad nominations—from an unqualified and extreme surgeon general to the new head of immigration enforcement who has pledged to uphold Obama’s amnesty—and there is no doubt he would have done the exact same thing on Monday and Tuesday, with the very same result.

An hour into our Saturday session, I offered to Reid yet again to take up the CRomnibus immediately, vote on amnesty, and then finish it. He accepted my offer, but then the other Senate Democrats vetoed his agreement.

Finally, late Saturday night, the Democrats relented, and we forced a vote on the constitutionality of executive amnesty. Had we acquiesced, had we waited until Monday, Reid could have held the floor and blocked the vote.

So what was accomplished? First, every single Senate Democrat is now on the record in support of President Obama’s illegal amnesty. No fewer than a dozen Democrats had previously criticized that amnesty; now their positions are unambiguous for the voters.

That matters, as we discovered this past November.

Second, 22 Republicans voted in support of my constitutional point of order. This comprised a majority of the Republicans voting, and (not coincidentally) most of the Republicans up for reelection in 2016.

This puts a stake in the ground: That we will defend the Constitution.

Some have attacked the vote because not every Republican stood together. That’s true, because leadership did not want to fight this fight right now and urged Members to oppose.

But the substantive disagreement is overstated. A number of Republicans had a good-faith disagreement with the procedural vehicle we used to force the vote. They argued that Obama’s amnesty is unconstitutional, but the bill funding it is not.

It would have been much better if all 45 Republicans had stood together. For that reason, we had preferred another procedural vehicle—a straight up or down vote on defunding amnesty—but Reid had blocked that. So this was the only tool remaining. This was the only way to get a vote.

And the procedural disagreement on the vehicle masks the breadth of the substantive opposition of Republican Members to executive amnesty.

Republican leaders have promised that the CRomnibus was part of a broader plan to force a fight to stop executive amnesty in January or February. I very much hope we come through on that promise.

And if we do indeed stand united against amnesty sixty days from now—if we follow through on our commitments—none will celebrate, and praise leadership, more than I will.

But we need action, not just words. We need resolve.

And one of the most significant benefits of the fight this weekend was that almost every Republican—those who voted with us and those who voted against us—has once again gone to the press expressly agreeing that Obama’s amnesty is unconstitutional.

We should build on that, stand together in the new Republican Senate, and honor those commitments. If we are going to defend the Constitution, we must respond decisively to this constitutional crisis.

Ted Cruz is a U.S. senator from Texas.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/amnesty-what-really-happened-113605.html#ixzz3ML1Y1bor
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« Reply #101 on: January 19, 2015, 03:36:56 PM »

http://www.dickmorris.com/can-ted-cruz-win-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/?utm_source=dmreports&utm_medium=dmreports&utm_campaign=dmreports
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« Reply #102 on: January 19, 2015, 03:52:59 PM »


Morris is correct.
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« Reply #103 on: January 29, 2015, 11:58:08 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou25iiRxWCQ
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« Reply #104 on: March 10, 2015, 03:59:20 PM »

http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/03/10/heres-how-ted-cruz-could-win-the-gop-nomination-for-president/
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« Reply #105 on: March 24, 2015, 11:34:39 AM »

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/23/a-time-to-reclaim-the-constitution-of-the-united-states-ted-cruz-enters-the-race/
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« Reply #106 on: March 24, 2015, 07:18:00 PM »

I'm glad he is in and think he is probably the best of those trying to win the right side of the spectrum.  He is a far better candidate than Huckabee, Santorum or Rick Perry, among others.  I trust his agenda better than I trust Jeb and others.  Pundits are over-using the word "purity".  He is emphasizing something like that, but also points out he will compromise, as Reagan did, if that will gets parts of his agenda started.

Cruz is not my first choice right now because I am not convinced he is the best candidate to unite our side and bring more people over to our side.  (I have written elsewhere who is doing that better.)  The challenge is on Cruz (and all of them) to demonstrate they are up to this challenge.

That said, I like him a lot and will enthusiastically support him if he is the nominee, or the last conservative standing.  He seems to have it right on all the key issues, and is very willing to fight for what is most important.  He is very sharp and could do very well in one on one debates against the big government liberal, if he gets that far.
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« Reply #107 on: March 24, 2015, 10:34:24 PM »

Well said.

In addition to our shared doubts about his electability, I would add that apparently his father is a pretty extreme character-- a lot of shiny objects there with which to disrupt Ted's campaign.
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« Reply #108 on: March 25, 2015, 06:37:21 AM »

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/24/watch-how-ted-cruz-responds-when-hes-asked-on-cbs-if-he-would-take-away-health-care-from-16-million-people-as-president/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Firewire_Morning_Test&utm_campaign=FireWire%20WYWS%203-25-with%20ad%20returned
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« Reply #109 on: March 25, 2015, 12:32:23 PM »

In addition to our shared doubts about his electability, I would add that apparently his father is a pretty extreme character-- a lot of shiny objects there with which to disrupt Ted's campaign.

True.  Rafael (Sr.) has said things that will distract.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/07/the-six-craziest-quotes-from-ted-cruz-s-father-rafael-cruz.html
The Six Craziest Quotes From Ted Cruz’s Father, Rafael Cruz  (Mostly from 2012)

1) No one is going to send Obama "back to" Kenya or Indonesia.  That type of hyperbole is a distraction that no one needs. Those of us on the right wouldn't even like his governing ideas to continue in third world countries.  
2) Murder? Reasonable people actually do believe the intentional act of killing a baby who made it out of the mother alive is... well... murder.  http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/23/new-audio-surfaces-of-obama-defending-infanticide-in-illinois/   President Barack Obama was the only member of the Illinois legislature to not support a bill to provide medical care for newborns who survived failed late-term abortions.  
3) Just like Fidel Castro? Governing by decree, by executive order?   - Check the record!
4)' Gay marriage is a government plot to destroy the family...Socialism requires that government becomes your god.  They have to destroy all loyalties except loyalty to the government'??  - It is not politically helpful to comment on your opponents bad motives.  But yes, breakdown of family was the result of liberal social policies, as warned by extremists on the right.   Dependence on the government is politically helpful to left; belief in God is not.  You don't need to impugn motives when the facts (prior to gay marriage) already make the case.  That said, it is hard to look at the amazing breakdown of marriage and family in response to liberal policies especially since the 1960s and left's ambivalence to all that and not at least ponder the idea that it is intentional.
5) Media: The U.S. has its very own “ministry of misinformation” that governments in communist countries like Cuba employ to spread their messages. That propaganda machine, he said, is the liberal media. “They just tell us what they want us to hear. They are rewriting history…because they have an agenda. And unfortunately the agenda is an evil agenda. It’s an agenda for destroying what this country is all about”.   - This is only slightly over the top.  Don't we have a thread here with 1520 posts and 256015 reads documenting something pretty close to that?  In some ways, the apparent conspiracy of our mainstream media through so many channels is worse than their ministry with one.
6) 'Our enemies control our energy.  Because of Obama’s excessive regulation, the oil industry is stifled...We are buying 40 percent of our oil from our enemies (pre-fracking)…Our enemies control the energy that we use or do not use. And they have the power to shut down the valves and bring us to our knees.'  - Liberals have continuously fought our efforts to produce our own energy.  Enemies don't control all our foreign supplies, but there is a significant element of truth in that concern.  For example, we can't seem to solve the crisis in Ukraine now or the Baltics next because of Russia's willingness to supply them with gas versus our inability or unwillingness based on restraints put on our energy industries by leftist policies here.  Russia, Iran and Venezuela could easily be considered enemies.  Saudi, Libya, etc. arguably so. http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/03/politics/9-11-attacks-saudi-arabia-involvement/  Saudi is somewhat of an ally at the moment only because of worse threats in the region.  It only takes a partial shutdown of sources to create havoc in supplies and prices.  We are less vulnerable now despite, not because of, their policies.

[Rand Paul also has a father problem; he has written as recently as this week on the Iraq situation.]
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One feather of many in Cruz' cap is the DC v. Heller case, a great decision for individual liberty that was based on the merits of the arguments made by Ted Cruz, who as Solicitor General of Texas wrote the Amicus brief signed by 31 states and was Counsel of Record for the winning side, the US constitution.  http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/07-290_amicus_texas.pdf  In the Elk Grove case, he wrote the U.S. Supreme Court brief on behalf of all 50 states that was successful.  Cruz authored 70 United States Supreme Court briefs and presented 43 oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court.

The next President of the United States should appoint Ted Cruz to the US Supreme Court.
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« Reply #110 on: March 25, 2015, 06:57:35 PM »

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/25/9-reasons-ted-cruz-is-exactly-like-barack-obama/
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« Reply #111 on: March 26, 2015, 12:24:28 AM »


(Respectfuilly) I strongly, vehemently, take issue with this.  The first 8 of these are either bogus or are not negatives, they served in state government, taught constitutional law, are populists, have eligibility issues(?!), etc.

Read our thread, Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness.  Of all the things wrong with Barack Obama as President, virtually none of it comes from his lack of executive experience or any of these so-called commonalities.  He would be an even worse President if he had more experience prior to taking office, unless he changed his viewpoint.

He is arrogant, snubs his nose at constitutional issues.  He thinks government has all the answers and individuals with their liberties have none of them.  Barack Obama was a pretend constitutional lecturer.  So am I.  wink  Ted Cruz won BIG cases at the US Supreme Court.  Barack Obama wants to transform America away from what made it great.  Ted Cruz wants to focus precisely on what made America great.  That's hardly the same.

Obama's lack of experience didn't stop him from getting things done.  It was the least of his problems.  He got PLENTY of things done.  Just all the wrong things!

On point 9, "both are divisive and intensely disliked by an opposing faction."  That happened to work for Obama.  He IS President.  And so it is no reason to discount Ted Cruz' chances.

Finding similarities like that they both have dark hair and birthdays in December misses the whole point of both these men, IMHO.
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« Reply #112 on: April 05, 2015, 02:47:51 AM »

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=468415179991106
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« Reply #113 on: April 06, 2015, 02:34:39 AM »

http://bearingarms.com/ted-cruz-laughs-blasting-away-m249-machine-gun/
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« Reply #114 on: April 07, 2015, 12:32:05 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/cruz-is-aiming-at-the-wrong-republicans/2015/04/01/87899c0a-d893-11e4-b3f2-607bd612aeac_story.html
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« Reply #115 on: April 10, 2015, 10:51:56 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EsDxRDEwhw
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« Reply #116 on: April 14, 2015, 08:59:42 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416074/ted-cruz-bush-years-jim-geraghty
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« Reply #117 on: April 15, 2015, 08:33:46 PM »

Ted Cruz was right on target when asked about his views on the Second Amendment: "When it comes to constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says. It doesn't matter what might be popular at the moment. We've seen regimes across the face of the earth come and take away people's guns, strip away their rights to defend themselves, and sometimes it's been very popular. And yet it is an inevitable prelude to tyranny. Our country was founded on a radical proposition, which is that our rights don't come from government; they come from God. ... The entire reason for the Second Amendment is not for hunting; it's not for target shooting. ... The Second Amendment is there so that you and I can protect our homes and our families and our children and our lives. And it's also there as a fundamental check on government tyranny. And that, ultimately, is not subject to public opinion polls, it's subject to the express protections of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution." Cruz really nailed it.
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« Reply #118 on: April 15, 2015, 08:35:16 PM »

Cruz!
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« Reply #119 on: June 06, 2015, 09:44:09 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUrkucrcCTI
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« Reply #120 on: June 11, 2015, 10:49:06 PM »

My other first choice.  Good interview.  20 minutes, no commercials.
http://www.hughhewitt.com/wp-content/uploads/06-11hhs-cruz.mp3
Senator Ted Cruz on 2016, TPA, TPP And The Islamic State
Thursday, June 11, 2015    |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Fund raising going well.
Ted Cruz got 40% of the Hispanic vote in Texas, 2012.  That threatens the Obama model Hillary is following.
CinC should have a strategy, defeat radical Islamic terrorists, destroy Islamic State.
Arm the Kurds.  Kurds are boots on the ground for us.
Would not end the filibuster.
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« Reply #121 on: July 23, 2015, 07:56:47 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNBfuz3iNrk
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« Reply #122 on: July 31, 2015, 11:19:51 AM »

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/30/way_over_the_line_mitt_romney_slams_ted_cruzs_for_unhinged_terrorism_charge_against_obama/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
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« Reply #123 on: July 31, 2015, 10:22:30 PM »


Hey Mittens, go find something else to do.
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« Reply #124 on: August 04, 2015, 07:53:18 PM »

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/04/rachel-maddow-schools-ted-cruz-on-guns-and-shes-right/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Firewire&utm_campaign=Firewire%20-%20HORIZON%208-4-15%20Build-TUES-GlennAd
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« Reply #125 on: August 12, 2015, 09:20:41 PM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422395/carly-fiorina-climate-change-left?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NR5PM&utm_campaign=Wednesday%20Email%208%2F12
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