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Pence Op-Ed: Ted Cruz has “character and judgment” to lead the nation

Pence Op-Ed: Ted Cruz has “character and judgment” to lead the nation

Seems like a swipe at The Donald.

Mike Pence’s radio endorsement of Ted Cruz was watered down by praise also for Donald Trump.

It was a weird endorsement — he said all the right things about Cruz, but an endorsement is not the time for balance.

Pence has an op-ed in The Indianapolis Star in which he repeats the endorsement, without the watering down:

… While I like and respect each of our candidates, I am voting for Ted Cruz on Tuesday.

In making my decision to support Ted, I am guided by the principles best espoused by former President Ronald Reagan. I am a Reagan Republican; drawn to his vision of less taxes, less government, traditional values and a strong military. Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Here in Indiana, our economy is among the best in the nation. We have cut taxes every year since I was elected governor and have seen businesses create more than 130,000 private sector jobs, decreasing unemployment from over 8% to 5% today. Manufacturing makes up 30% of our gross state product – the highest share in the nation – in part because we have worked together to create a friendly pro-business environment so that more companies choose to open up shop in Indiana and provide our citizens’ with good-paying jobs.

Ted’s plan to lower and simplify taxes also favors manufacturers: they pay no tax on exports, encouraging more companies to come to Indiana and the rest of America’s heartland, rather than transport jobs overseas….

Ted has a plan to eliminate excessive government programs and has taken on big-government overreach. He led the fight to repeal Obamacare, one of the greatest burdens on families and small businesses and I have no doubt he will follow through in checking government power to restore prosperity to the people.

… The eyes of the nation are looking to Indiana to make a choice. I encourage every Hoosier to evaluate each of the candidates and exercise your right to vote in the May 3 Primary. My vote goes to Ted Cruz because he is a principled conservative who will work to protect our constitutional liberties, bring back better-paying jobs, and serve all Americans with the character and judgment needed to revive our national strength.

That last line sure about character and judgment sure sounds like a swipe at Trump.

Tuesday night is when it all comes down. Trump is ahead in most polls, thought the polling is not heavy.

Here’s to hoping Ted pulls out a win in Indiana, and manages to take this to the convention floor.


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Professor ;
I’ll bet your Cruz, Fiorena merchandise is flying out the door. Have you done a Hugh Hewitt & rented out long term storage like he did for his book, ‘A Mormon in the W. H.?’

Full endorsement is a difficult position for politician to take, especially in cases where it is against leading candidate. It tends to lead to awkward situations where the endorsed candidate loses and you end up having to make case for the person you criticized before.

If he said anything good about Trump, it is not in the printed editorial. That editorial articulates well the Cruz support position he took extremely well, and leaves no doubt where his loyalties are.

    Estragon in reply to fwiffo. | May 2, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Also, recall that Pence is facing reelection this year, a tough race, & he only narrowly won in 2012. The LP vote was more than his winning margin.

    Given the known vindictive nature of the ignorant Trump cultists, and that the cult should be strong in Indiana (which had the highest per capita KKK membership in the nation), it is hardly surprising he would temper his endorsement a bit.

    Those who expect elected officials to sabotage their own campaigns to help someone else are frankly as dumb as the Trumpkins.

      PhillyGuy in reply to Estragon. | May 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      You’re completely disconnected from reality…..and it is funny. Go to an actual rally. Most fun I’ve ever had at a rally. Some terrific normal sane people show up,

“Here’s to hoping Ted pulls out a win in Indiana, and manages to take this to the convention floor.”

And if not professor?

    fwiffo in reply to Barry. | May 2, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Reagan lost to Nixon. And then he lost to Ford. And then he won.

    Speaking for myself, I’ll vote for Hillary or third party. It’s not about Cruz, it’s about conservatism.

      “Speaking for myself, I’ll vote for Hillary or third party. It’s not about Cruz, it’s about conservatism.”

      Sure Hillary is a real conservative alright. Do you have any idea just how delusional you are?

      “I didn’t win so I’m taking my toys and going home.”

        fwiffo in reply to Barry. | May 2, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Conservatism is in better position to come to the recovery when it is not even peripherally involved in causing problem in first place.

        If Hillary is POTUS, then president Cruz will get a chance to undo the damage in 2020. If Trump is POTUS, then president Warren will put the country away for good.

        I might be “delusional “, but the rational and logical you needs to understand how people like me think and why we will not vote for your preferred candidate.

      Yeah, cause a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for conservatism — in Looney Land.

      After four years of Clinton, the SCOTUS will be packed with liberals, the Second Amendment will effectively be repealed, and Ted Cruz won’t be allowed to speak in public because microaggression.

      Great plan for “conservatism”. Sounds like something hatched in the Socialist Workers Party.

Are we sure Ted is running a campaign based on all of those things? All he talks about is Trump these days. And yes, he does lie a lot about Trump also. “Character”? Please.

Also, this opinion piece by Pence? Too little, too late. He had his chance to come out strong for Cruz, and he failed.

If this goes to the convention floor without a win by Trump, then say goodbye to the GOP and say hello to Democrat control for the next 8 or 16 years.

Ted articulates that same agenda with an unwavering devotion to our Constitution, the sanctity of life, and the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

Oh dear. Death-wish time. Three items, and No. Two is a self-inflicted torpedo right in the engine room.

Like it or not, abortion policy consistently works the same magic for conservative votes as gun control does for liberal votes.

It looks like the rubbish-heap of history will soon be treated to a serving of fresh toast.

There’s one more swipe in there. The op-ed opens by first talking about principles and then continues into what’s been done to try to achieve them. He’s effectively saying Trump has neither the principles nor the track record.

When Cruz chooses to surround himself with an insane (and I mean that literally) surogate like Glenn Beck and a bought and paid for RNC hack queen of shipping jobs overseas in Fiorina and is himself a member of a faux christian dominionist cult and I could never vote to give him the nuclear launch codes. Not Ever. Hillary and the democrats are despicable but they aren’t end times insane.


It turns out that delegates — like ordinary voters — are susceptible to shifts in public opinion. And as the gravitational pull of Mr. Trump’s recent primary landslides draws more Republicans toward him, Mr. Cruz’s support among the party’s 2,472 convention delegates is softening, threatening his hopes of preventing Mr. Trump’s nomination by overtaking him in a floor fight.

    spartan in reply to Gary Britt. | May 2, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Here is something to munch on …

    If you are afraid to hit the link, I will give some highlights:

    180 delegates were selected last weekend. Cruz won 80, Trump 60, the other 30+ were split between Kasich, Rubio, and uncommitted.
    Trump took 23 of 27 delegates from MA only by importing Trump supporters from NH.

    If Cruz wins IN and the second round of voting is going to be awesome. You might even say “Rut Row”.

    BTW, Phony, did you read about the recent lawsuit about Trump raping an underage child while in the company of Jeffrey Epstein, the noted pedophile?
    I find it hilarious that the same outlets that were so positive (still waiting for that evidence to appear) that Cruz had 5 (or was it 8?) mistresses are doing their best pretzel logic to defend Trump.

Huskers4Palin | May 2, 2016 at 12:08 am

Which is a better endorsement, Pence or Knight?

I could never vote for either tyrant – the monarchial Hillary or the dictatorial Trump. Both candidates presume that they should be given the nomination. Both candidates presume a lot. Both candidates are jackasses with nothing to offer except their own cult of personality. And, sadly, there are those willingly submit to their domination.

The fact that both of these unabashed big government candidates are in the lead is scary as heck.

I seek a Constitutionalist for the WH. Monarchial Hillary and dictatorial Trump are constitutions and laws unto themselves. The Ruling Class does not care about the law except as it accrues power unto itself.

Both Hillary and Trump will demand your servitude. It is only a matter of time. Both candidates use authoritarian shaming to get their way. So, expect to be shamed into submission once you elect either of them. Their supporters will receive the same treatment once power has been transferred to their hands. Barack Obama’s shaming of those he thought were out of line should have been a warning shot to all.

With a Hillary or Trump election to office, the Ruling Class becomes solidified against the country class – the families, the religious, the small businesses…those with values.

A Trump nomination means that we will soon lose the senate and SCOTUS. And with on-the-fence-about-values voters in the greater majority, Trump, if elected, will demand that his will be done on us as it is in Trumphead. Many of his supporters have become amoral putty fit to be molded.

For me this election is about values. But many of the electorate do not seem to care about values. Instead they are demanding a “safe space”, a placeholder at the trough of big government with Trump or Hillary as head waiter.

    Estragon in reply to jennifer a johnson. | May 2, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Even leaving aside their stupid proposals, neither Trump nor Hillary is fit to serve in any office of public trust. They are people of low character who no decent person should ever vote for, for any office, at any level.

practicalconservative | May 2, 2016 at 5:56 am

Cruz has everything but the votes.

I’m looking forward to a new secret police force headed by Carly if Ted Cruz ends up in the White House. It’s one of the few things Carly has experience with and can actually run without failure.

So much “character” that he helped Carly after she fell from the raised lectern onto the podium.

    amwick in reply to herm2416. | May 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Wow, that was terrible. He never even noticed.

    At first I didn’t get what you were talking about, but now its linked on Drudge. Carly is introducing the Cruz family and as they come out she falls off the stage and drops like Cruz’s Indiana poll numbers, and neither Cruz, Heidi, or the kids react in the slightest way. Just continue on shaking hands, faux smiles and soaking in the applause from supporters.

    Reminded me of the final scenes from Trading Places when Don Ameche’s brother has a heart attack and the other guys point to his brother while he is hollaring about turning the machines back on and Don Ameche says “F*ck Him”. That seemed to be the attitude of the entire Cruz family towards Carly falling off the stage.

    See video for yourselves.

      amwick in reply to Gary Britt. | May 2, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      This didn’t get much press. hmmmmm. I felt bad for Carly, well, a little bit any way, just for a minute. Rafael, well maybe just didn’t notice, he was busy glad handing.

kenoshamarge | May 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

I don’t think it makes a difference who wins so far as the Republican Party goes – it’s done, finished, over. What remains will never be the same. Not sure that’s a bad thing.

If Trump is the head of the party the Dems will have proof that every ugly thing they ever said about conservatives and Republicans is true.

I am a Cruz voter having already cast my vote for Ted Cruz in Wisconsin. I am also a #NeverTrump voter. My integrity will accept nothing less.

    Barry in reply to kenoshamarge. | May 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

    “My integrity will accept nothing less.”

    You need to look up the word integrity in the dictionary.

    spartan in reply to kenoshamarge. | May 2, 2016 at 10:21 am

    What defines the #NeverTrump voter?
    From the Jay Cost Twitter feed:

    No, what makes Donald Trump something new in American political life is that he’s all of these things at once: a racist, nativist demagogue with few ties to government, no experience in public office, no service in the armed forces, and little to no knowledge of anything involving governance, from policy to basic questions like, “What is the Supreme Court, and what does it do?” If you conjured all the ignorance and arrogance in America and gave it human form, you would have Donald Trump, give or take a spray tan.

    (I think this defines where we need to be. It is position that is fundamentally non-ideological. There is an ideological component to it, but that is secondary.)

Rut Row

New Rasmussen poll shows Trump pulling into lead against Hillary. So much for the Cruz/GOPe talking point lie that Trump can’t win.

Trump 41%, Clinton 39%

Last week, Rasmussen Reports gave voters the option of staying home on Election Day if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the big party nominees, and six percent (6%) said that’s what they intend to do for now. Clinton and Trump were tied with 38% support each; 16% said they would vote for some other candidate, and two percent (2%) were undecided.

But Trump edges slightly ahead if the stay-at-home option is removed. Trump also now does twice as well among Democrats as Clinton does among Republicans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 41% support to Clinton’s 39%. Fifteen percent (15%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Cruz is cratering in Indiana. Here are the last 2 polls.

NBC WSJ Indiana poll

Trump 49%
Cruz 34%
Kasich 13%

Gravis Indiana poll

Trump 44%
Cruz 27%
Kasich 09%

Tomorrow’s primary is going to be a rout for Trump

Rut Row, Rut Row, Triple Rut, Row,

New Polls shows Clinton and Trump effectively tried in Ohio, but Clinton beating Cruz by 9%. In Indiana Trump extends his lead to 17% (Trump 44% Cruz 27%).

Like I said many times, Cruz can’t win Ohio and Florida and that means he can NEVER WIN IN NOVEMBER. The cruzbots need to come to terms with the fact that TRUMP is the ONLY hope to beat Hillary. TRUMP WILL BEAT HILLARY.

OH – 2016 Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton 44% – Ted Cruz 35% – (PPP 05/02/2016)

OH – 2016 Presidential Election: Hillary Clinton 45% – Donald Trump 42% – (PPP 05/02/2016) (Statistical Tie)

Gravis 4/28 – 4/29 379 LV 5.0 44 27 9 Trump +17

Today the news media is turning to conversations of will Trump win all 57 delegates in Indiana or will Cruz manage to win a few.

Second questions the media should turn to are Cruz after Indiana should drop out and endorse Trump for the good of the party. When will GOPe begin to turn on Cruz and start pressuring him to drop out for the good of party unity?

I believe it will be necessary for the GOPe to tell Cruz to get out because Cruz is such a selfish narcissist, that the prophet from Salt Lake City will never drop out for the good of the party.

In fact I believe if Cruz could find the money, which fortunately he can’t, he would drop out of republican party and try to run third party. This guy Cruz is like a piece of dirty chewing gum. You can’t shake him off your shoe.

Ragspierre | May 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm

On today’s program, Rush made it very clear he’s a Cruz voter.

If you weren’t listening, get a transcript and you’ll know what is true.

If I hear one more reference to divine anointing of Ted Cruz by his father, Heidi Cruz, or Glen Beck I am going to vomit. I started out a Cruz supporter and now can’t stand the sound of his voice. In fact I switch the channel when he comes on. It must be my gift of “discernment” that causes me to shy away from false prophets. This site is going to an interesting place in a mere 30 hours and I can’t wait!

New national CNN/ORC Poll out today.

Trump 49% Cruz 25% Trump +24%

Looks like Cruz has a support ceiling in the 20% to 25% range.