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Ted Cruz’s CPAC Speech

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Speech

Jobs, Liberty, and Security

Ted Cruz is an excellent public speaker, and today’s CPAC speech was yet more evidence of this (and look, Obama, no teleprompter!).

The crowd is clearly enthusiastic about Cruz, the raucous cheers almost drown out his introduction.  Of course he takes jabs at Trump for cancelling his scheduled CPAC appearance, saying that Trump must have heard that Megyn Kelly, conservatives, libertarians, or young people would be there.  The crowd went wild.  There were a few lone voices trying to chant “Trump, Trump, Trump,” but they were quickly drowned out by the CPAC audience’s booing.

Cruz gives a wonderful speech about the principles that make America great in the first place, something he implies is not well-understood by Trump, and he talks about how to free the economy, secure our nation, and keep Americans free in the process:  jobs, security, and liberty were his themes.


Cruz made a huge impression at CPAC with this speech.

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Cruz and Rubio need to unite on a unity ticket to at least give the American people a viable choice. If Rubio agrees to pull out for Cruz’ VP I could almost forgive him for the Gang of 8. And Kasich needs to just go away already.

    What good has it been doing any candidate to attack Trump?

    None that I can detect. Sometimes, it boosts his numbers.

    It looks as though people identify with him enough to defend him as though he is kin.

      inspectorudy in reply to VotingFemale. | March 4, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      If you call exposing his multi faceted views on the big issues then I have a different definition of “Attacking”. If the other candidates don’t go after him, not with personal slurs and insults like he does to them, but with genuine questions about his past positions and lack of knowledge then who will? I’ll tell you who will. It will be hillary and her gang of dirty tricks people and the msm who are part of the DNC. If we wait until he is our nominee and then expose his flip flops then we are doomed. If he weathers this storm and can fool enough Republicans to vote for him he can expect the next wave to be 24/7 by every media source available. He talked to the NYT because he has always been a Demorat and had no fear of them. Not anymore. They will crucify him if he is the nominee. All of his “Good” friends in the business world will turn on him also once they see the polls showing hillary way ahead. We will then be stuck with a loudmouthed insulter.

        I think you are missing the point, Rudy.

        I’m not talking about any particular pros or cons or allegations, regardless of merit or lack of merit.

        I’m looking at voters who support Trump or who are Trump leaning.

      VF, while I fail to see why you would ask that question when Billy didn’t say anything about attacking Trump, I’ll answer. Revealing Trump for the opportunistic, stompy-footed bully-boy he is matters; it matters just as much as it mattered to say the same things about Obama. Did it make a difference? Nope. But there is a historical record that needs to be established. Historians will not view Obama favorably; he’s been an abject failure, and he’s damaged the office of the president, our standing in the world, our economy, and our liberty. Trump would double-down on all of that and would be an embarrassment of crassness that would make Obama and Michelle look like Miss Manners, and Trump would take Obama’s “pen and phone” to near-tyrannical levels. Of this I have zero doubt.

    What about Rubio qualifies him to lead the nation any more than Hillary Clinton? While Rubio is not the corrupt, stale piece of dung Clinton is, he has no record of any other accomplishment other than getting elected senator and allowing himself to be led around by the nose by Charles Schumer.

    Dream ticket: Trump/Cruz

    gulfbreeze in reply to BillyHW. | March 5, 2016 at 3:59 am

    “If Rubio agrees to pull out for Cruz’ VP I could almost forgive him for the Gang of 8. And Kasich needs to just go away already.”

    And if the Panthers could have convinced the Broncos to stay in the locker room for the second half, that would have been perfect!

It is hard to take Cruz seriously on this “wonderful speech” when he takes all of his talking points from Donald Trump.

And seriously, “wonderful speech”? Are you kidding me?

    smfoushee in reply to Mr. Izz. | March 4, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Well to be fair, Trump pretty much uses all of the points, from across the political spectrum, so it’s kinda hard not to have some overlap.

    gmac124 in reply to Mr. Izz. | March 4, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I haven’t watched it yet. So what Trump talking points did he use? That everyone else is a loser, or the size of his penis, or maybe about his changing positions? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

Brilliant speech. Hit all the points near and dear to conservatives’ heart, plus got shots in at Jimmy Carter, and invoked Reagan. Lots of rhetoric and promises that he can’t possibly keep (flat tax, abolish IRS), but he certainly knows his audience and how to play to them.

    gulfbreeze in reply to windbag. | March 5, 2016 at 3:53 am

    “Lots of rhetoric and promises that he can’t possibly keep” (flat tax, abolish IRS), but he certainly knows his audience and how to play to them.

    Have to agree. As much as I would love to see adoption of the flat tax (preferably the FairTax) plan, it will never happen in my lifetime. A more simplified tax plan is the best one can hope for, and it won’t rid us of the IRS. Of course, I don’t believe we will get rid of the EPA or Dept. of Education either.

No thanks. I got sick enough watching him yesterday.

How many boogers did he eat this time?

legacyrepublican | March 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Truly my favorite ballot choice since RR!

Yep, Cruz has my vote and full support. Now what’s this hare-brained idea about hanging a Rubiotross around his neck? It’s an attempt to discredit Cruz, obviously.

CPAC is populated largely by the conservative equivalent of high school chess club.

    Yeah, the brilliant Kasparov-like kids who enjoy the competition and who think several moves ahead

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | March 5, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Like John Bolton, Dennis Prager, Mark Levin, Sheriff David Clark, Jr., Michelle Malkin, Mollie Hemingway, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Larry Kudlow and Stever Forbes.

    Oh, and the sell-out Newt Gingrich.

    You wouldn’t feel comfortable there. It’s full of people who care about the Constitution and liberty. Very little sympathy with Collectivist cults of personality.

    That’s what Donald Ducks decided when the organizers made it clear he’d had to spend time answering questions…especially after Thursday night’s seppuku.

    Trumph’s entourage is populated largely by the equivalent of high school clichés.

I’m not a fan of Cruz for President for several reasons. Experience is first, but all the truly qualified candidates are already out now. I wouldn’t hesitate to name him SGOTUS with an eye to the first open seat on DC or 4th Circuit and a fast track to SCOTUS.

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But this outsider stuff is invented crap. The man clerked for Rehnquist, had four jobs with W – two in the 2000 campaign, two in the Administration – and also appointed by then TAG Abbott, and named part-time faculty at Texas Law, with a wife an executive at Goldman-Sachs. Sonny, if you don’t think that is an ‘ESTABLISHMENT’ resume, you need to cut back on the hard liquor.

He merely decided to piss all over everyone for personal ambition, making no effort at all to effect change in the Senate. All grandstanding to build his 1.5 million mailing list of suckers who now fund his campaign – the dummies thought they were signing an “internet petition” against ObamaCare, but it was a sham, never presented to anyone.

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That said, if Cruz is our nominee, I will crawl over broken glass to vote for him, as I would any other Republican we choose. But Trump is no Republican. He’s a fraud, a liar, and a man of low character for whom I will never vote for any office of public trust.


    DaMav in reply to Estragon. | March 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I’m sure Hillary, Bernie et alia appreciate your pledge to help defeat the Republican ticket in 2016 if Trump is on it. The SCOTUS will look great with four more liberals on it too. And you can brag to your Sharia-ruled grandchildren that you helped destroy the US of A by insisting on a genuine President of high character like Hillary Clinton.

      JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to DaMav. | March 5, 2016 at 7:50 am

      To be fair, estragon has commented here for years. He’s been consistent in voicing support for positions that some here would call GOPe/RINO.
      I imagine he curses “teabaggers” under his breath from time to time.
      There are, after all, some Repubs who have internalized Dem/MSM criticism of the right and consider chunks of the Base to be too uneducated, too white, too Christian, too old fashioned, too extreme and the like. The Repub leaders tend to be in that group, for example.

For all his oratory, does he really know how to get anything done?

Are his promises any more realistic or honest than Sanders?

He says he is anti-Establishment yet partners with it against the most authentic candidate, according to voters, in taking on the system.

Many of his adherents drink no less Kool-Aid.

Is he really being truthful when he says Trump would appoint the same judges as Clinton? Among other things.

holdingmynose | March 5, 2016 at 5:54 am

Remind me again: how many people has Cruz ever hired? How much wealth has he ever personally created? What has he ever built? Words are cheap, actions are what count.

he talks about how to free the economy, secure our nation, and keep Americans free in the process: jobs, security, and liberty were his themes.

Well, that’s nice, but not very specific. It’s basically “apple pie, motherhood, a chicken in every basket and a tiger in every tank” stuff. And this is a tough election to navigate on generalities, since the competition is so keen—with Sanders, I can get a free unicorn.

So, in the Department of Specifics, what exactly is Cruz planning to do about the border crime wave? We all know Trump’s proposal, but what is Cruz’s plan? What would he do on his first day in office to advance this plan?

JimMtnViewCaUSA | March 5, 2016 at 7:58 am

Yay, Ted!
What’s with the cropped photo that makes it look like the sponsor is the “Onion”? Weird.

Heh. We’ve already pissed away our best candidates, Perry and Walker. Those who would nitpick Cruz will deliver us Trump.

There is no principled reason why any “conservative” would ever support Clinton over Trump. Therefore any candidate such a person supports MUST be unacceptable to ALL Trump supporters.

Secondly let’s consider what is really going on with the NeverTrump charade. While there are some nut jobs who really mean it when they say they prefer Hillary to Trump. These are not the majority of the neverTrump people.

NeverTrump is in fact a completely phony and cynical attempt to desperately create a phony basis for the lie that Trump loses some GOP support. The establishment and cruzbots needs this lie to have something to say in response to the obvious fact that Trump is bringing in millions of new voters to the party.

But let’s always remember that neverTrump is a phony scheme cooked up by the Cruzbots and Establishment to try and scare voters away from Trump.

When push comes to shove after Trump is the nominee except for a handful of nut jobs they will all vote for Trump over Hillary.

Never let these cruzbot and establishment lies bother you. It is just a mirage, a scheme, a trick and false flag operation of desperate dinosaurs trying to survive the effects of the Trump voter giant asteroid hitting the GOP pennisula where the sun doesn’t shine.


Right now, Fox is showing Cruz as the winner in Kansas.

Dunno that’ll hold, but it’s true now.

Ace of Spades just called Kansas for Cruz, almost 2:1 over Der Donald.


Fox is showing Cruz up in Maine.

Maybe the “endorsement” thingy is a curse, like with Palin in Alaska…???

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Is Christie facing an election any time soon…???

    If so, this trend of T-rump endorsing governors should have his pucker-factor dialed to 11.

DunningKruger | March 14, 2016 at 5:29 pm

I’m with Ann Coulter against the “Despicable Opportunist, Ted Cruz”: “Fox News & Cruz are American traitors, in league with the liberal establishment. Silent majority must face fire from a unified oligarchy.”