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Cruz, Rubio Among Republicans Sticking With Trump

Cruz, Rubio Among Republicans Sticking With Trump

Cruz: “I tell you Hillary Clinton I think is manifestly unfit to be president”

Amidst the multitudes of reports on the scores of Republicans abandoning Trump, there doesn’t seem to be much coverage of those who have decided to stick with Trump.  Ben Carson, of course, is also still supporting Trump, and  Mike Pence has been quite strong in support of his running mate.  Quite a few other prominent Republicans are also not jumping off the Trump train.

Ted Cruz has stated that he is sticking with his recent decision to support Trump and that he’s doing so for the same reasons he made the decision in the first place. Politico reports:

The Texas senator told a local TV station in Muleshoe, Texas, on Monday that despite lewd video showing Trump joking of unwanted sexual advances on women he would still back Trump over Hillary Clinton.

“I am supporting the Republican nominee because I think Hillary Clinton is an absolute disaster. Now my differences with Donald, I have articulated at great length during the campaign. And I tried all my might,” Cruz told Maggan Rennels of Channel 6. “It was an amazing journey.”

. . . .  Cruz’s reasoning was the same on Monday as it was two weeks ago: That the election is a binary choice between Trump and Hilary Clinton, and he deems Clinton far worse.

“This is an election unlike any other, but I tell you Hillary Clinton I think is manifestly unfit to be president. The policies she’s advancing are the continuation of eight years of Barack Obama,” Cruz said after giving a brief review of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant and posing for pictures with employees. “We need to have a president, we need to have leaders in Washington that will fight to defend our jobs, to get government off our back and to defend the Constitution and Bill of Rights to keep us safe.”


Texas’s senior Senator, John Cornyn, is also reportedly sticking with Trump, as are Texas’s Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Representative Pete Olson.

Marco Rubio has said that he, too, is sticking with Trump.

Local ABC 10 News reports:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sticking by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Rubio claims that he is standing by Trump because he dislikes Hillary Clinton more than he disapproves of the multi-millionaire’s controversial remarks made during a 2005 off-camera recording.

“I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with,” Rubio said in a statement. “And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior. I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything.”

Rubio went on to say he was selecting from the only options that are available to the country.

“I wish we had better choices for president,” Rubio said. “But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next president. And therefore my position has not changed.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also stated his continued support for Trump.

Bakersfield Now reports:

Local congressional representative Kevin McCarthy has issued a statement regarding his support for Donald Trump.

In it, McCarthy reaffirms his loyalty to the Republican nominee, citing his disagreement with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s policies.

Read the full statement below.

“My support for Trump over Clinton is unchanged – ?the decisions before our next President and Congress will reshape the opportunities current and future generations have.? Hillary has made clear that she will appoint Supreme Court Justices that reinterpret our constitutional rights and expand on Obamacare’s failures. She has made clear she is willing to reaffirm the same administrative state of higher taxes, fewer good paying jobs, and no water for California – all things I have been fighting against while in Congress.? I will support every candidate on the ballot this November that will fight for the common goals that House Republicans have championed as our Better Way agenda.” – Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Joni Ernst is also sticking with Trump.

The Des-Moines Register reports:

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, the first Iowa woman elected to Congress, said Monday she will vote for Donald Trump as long as he is the Republican Party’s nominee for president.

“I will vote for the Republican ticket. If Donald Trump is at the top of that, yes, I will be supporting the Republican ticket,” Ernst told The Des Moines Register on Monday in Des Moines.

“People need to understand: In my statement I that put it out, I am appalled at what he said, his words and the way that he objectified women. But I am fighting for my country. I am not fighting for Donald Trump. I am fighting for my country and I don’t agree with Hillary Clinton, and so I will support the Republican ticket.”

Chris Christie, after days of silence, reaffirms his long-time support for Trump.

Politico reports:

After several days of silence, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called Donald Trump’s boasts about groping women “indefensible,” but said he will not pull his support from the Republican presidential nominee.

“On the video itself, let’s be really clear, it is completely indefensible. And I won’t defend it and haven’t defended it. That kind of talk and conversation, even in private, is just unacceptable,” Christie said while guest hosting the morning sports talk radio show Boomer & Carton.

. . . .  “I made that very clear to Donald on Friday when that first came out and urged him to be contrite and apologetic because that’s what he needs to be,” Christie said. “For me this is just stuff that you can’t, can’t be involved in and shouldn’t even be thinking.”

Christie indicated he was not satisfied with Trump’s apology. . . . “I would have done it much differently,” Christie said. “But I do think he’s sorry and I do think he’s embarrassed by it.”

Still, Christie acknowledged that the Trump tape did make him rethink his support.

“Well you certainly have to think about it,” he said. “I’ve known him for a long time and I’m really upset by what I’ve heard, but in the end this election is about bigger issues than that.”

Added update:  Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer walks back her comments about Trump stepping aside for Pence and says that she’ll vote for the Trump/Pence ticket.

CBS News reports:

Fischer, who on Saturday suggested Republican nominee Donald Trump should “step aside and allow Mike Pence” to become the GOP’s candidate, made it clear Tuesday that she is actually still supporting Trump.

“I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on November 8,” she told local Lincoln, Neb., radio station KLIN. “I put out a statement … with regard to Mr. Trump’s comments. I felt they were disgusting. I felt they were unacceptable and I never said I was not voting for our Republican ticket.”

. . . .  Fischer continued, saying “to me it’s not a tough choice” to continue to backing Trump as the nominee. She said once Trump made his decision not to step aside—he said Saturday there was “zero chance” he would quit”—she was no longer calling for him to drop out.

“He decided he would not step aside. I respect his decision,” Fischer said. “I support the Republican ticket and it’s a Trump-Pence ticket.”


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legacyrepublican | October 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

I think it is important to note that the Dems and the media have had this tape for a long time.

What strikes me more is the naked grab for power they expect to gain from it.

Cruz understands this well since his tape of him as a teenager bragging about using porn money to become elected surfaced during the primaries.

While Trumps comments are indefensible, it has to be looked at in the larger context of how it was used by the media. This tape was used not to inform the voter as quickly as possible early in the game, but to directly influence and secure the outcome of an election.

That, to me, is much more indefensible.

    Had the tape come out during the primaries, Trumpies would say that it’s mere locker room talk, just as they did last week. It wouldn’t hurt his chances then.

      legacyrepublican in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | October 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Yes and no. Cruz, for one, was a real threat and could have beaten Trump had this come out in the spring.

      My key point is that the media had this tape and chose not to use it.

      The timing of its release by the media is deliberate, vicious, and clearly designed to wipe out all opposition to her majesty being crowned Queen.

      It has nothing to do with the media reporting the news that Republicans need to know in order to make an informed choice.

        I understand your point, yes, they were preparing an October surprise. However, nothing would change had the tape come out a year ago. Trump only needed a small but loyal part of the electorate to get the nomination. And, to be fair, we all expected something like that to come out.

        It’s possible that this little surprise package was prepared by the republicans.

          So Republicans deliberately didn’t discard The Don during the primaries but decided to hand over the election to Hillary?

          Barry in reply to Barry. | October 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

          No, Kook, since the story is a complete fabrication, they might have done it as a last ditch effort to stop trump, since the republican establishment prefers a commie to having trump in office.

          Whatever keeps their gravy train moving along.

    That tape was leaked by Dan Senor, Bush era Republican and senior advisor to Paul Ryan. His wife, Campbell Brown, former NBC reporter, confirmed this on Twitter.

    This was a Republican coup against Donald Trump by Paul Ryan and, one would assume, the Republicans who jumped in front of the Media on Friday, such as Jason Chaffetz.

    The best thing you can say about these traitors if you want to give them the benefit of the doubt is that they think they are saving down ballot Republicans from an unsuccessful Trump campaign. However, this has backfired and Trump voters are furious at them.

    I’m not sure they should be given the benefit of the doubt, they seem to be doing the bidding of the war mongering open borders political Washington Establishment that seems to control both parties.

      MattMusson in reply to rotten. | October 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      This was a Rino hit job. It was revenge for JEB. The Uniparty prefers Hillary because they know she can be bought and will spread the gravy around.

    When Bill Clinton got impeached, what did Democrats do? They defended him 100%. Why? It was in their best interest at the time to do so.

    You can defend Donald Trump without defending his comments. What Paul Ryan did hurt the GOP more than it hurts Trump (Trump will win or lose all on his own), Ryan needs to be concerned going forward. Alienating Trump voters hurts other GOP candidates. Ryan sure as hell won’t win any Democrats with this nonsense.

More proof that Senators, especially first-term Senators, lack the necessary judgment to be seriously considered for higher office.

    What do you think about the judgment calls of no-term reality TV stars?

      Trump’s judgement on building wall, refugees, taxes, and trade agreements is the best I’ve seen since Reagan. So in his case pretty damn good.

      edgeofthesandbox | October 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      What do you think about the judgment calls of no-term reality TV stars?
      Versus a Constitution hating, race baiting sjw from Chicago with less than one term in the senate
      Or the totally corrupt former sec of state who would sell her grand kids if it meant an extra quarter in her bank account?
      I’ll take the reality star when those are the only choices offered.

    Only politicians, corrupt or not, are competent to hold public office?

    Sounds like a monarchy to me, one may not become a politician as it an attribute bestowed at birth.

I hope Ted Cruz sat himself down and watched a few videos of Trump rallies, where Trump was accused of fomenting violence. If he hasn’t he should. Then, he should sit down and watch himself of ABC, and see how he got pwned.

Trump was busy calming the crowds and telling them to let security handle the hecklers. He was very clearly telling them that any violence by them would be used to hurt him (and the one guy that threw a punch in response to some very ugly provocation did hurt him). ABC was claiming that it was all Trump’s fault, showing false light editing of his remarks, and Ted Cruz ran with it.

So now I know why Trump was calling him “Lying Ted.”

Had the Republican candidates shown the good sense to find out what had really happened before they babbled, we would have had an entirely different primary season.

Cruz is pressured by his donors. Rubio is keeping his head low hoping it will blow over.
None of this is an issue for me.
Whoever you vote for in November, don’t forget the downballot Republicans.

    And when voting down ballot remember to vote for the democrat opponent of these never Trump traitors. Here is hoping Ryan and McCain both lose to their democrat opponent. Same for Ayotte and Portman.

    Good article out today on hoe 60 to 70 percent of these Trump turncoat office holders are TPP and open borders gang of eight style immigration globalists. They all need to be turned out of office by Trump supporters.

    VaGentleman in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | October 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Are you telling me that Cruz is selling out for a few $? How can that be?

      I’m telling that Cruz’s donors threatened to cut him off.

        VaGentleman in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | October 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

        And did he stand his ground or sell out?

          This demand for an answer to a black and white question–one that is completely devoid of any of several other possibilities including the one he states–is not helpful. Sometimes things are complex and require critical thinking, not knee jerk reactions.

          I personally want Cruz to live to fight another day.

          VaGentleman in reply to VaGentleman. | October 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

          my question is valid because the #NT crowd has been condemning Trump for going along in his business dealings and not standing on principle. It now appears that the standard is only applied to Trump. If so, the hypocrisy of those making the statement should be exposed.

          If it’s OK for Cruz to compromise to live to fight another day, then it’s OK to vote Trump so as to limit the damage to conservativism from a Hillary court, etc. Yet many of you have condemned that approach and said your principles won’t allow you to do it. Which is it?

          I will say, without qualification, that I am not thrilled by Cruz’s decision, but I do take him at his word. He truly believes that Hillary would be worse as president than Trump. I think they’re both equally horrific and will be voting for neither, but I don’t see this as hypocrisy on Cruz’s part. I’m actually quite surprised that you do given your and your fellow Trump fans’ endless refrain about how Trump is better than Hillary, with Hillary we know what we get, and on and on. Cruz agrees with you people. What’s to complain about?

          To describe Cruz as either A or B was a false dichotomy. To compare his circumstances t Trump’s is false analogy.
          Trump is a sleazy blow hard who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He’s known for making business deals in bad faith (not paying his vendors, for instance). He’s been on every side of every issue and his trademark promise to build the wall was certainly made in bad faith. That he doesn’t want to work with a Republican congress shows that his promise to appoint originalists to SCOTUS was a lie. The lies were all Trump’s choice.
          Cruz, on the other hand, has a choice to either end his career or go along with his donors which would allow him to fight for his voters in the future.

          VaGentleman in reply to VaGentleman. | October 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm

          thanks for an honest answer. The dichotomy and analogy are not mine. They are the ones that #NT has been using since the start. I asked whether they (#NT) were being hypocrits in the way they applied their standards. Condemning Trump for yielding to $ but then justifying Cruz’s yielding to his donors. Your answer is “Yes they were” and you attempt to justify it by condemning Trump for lying.

          Unfortunately, your argument is destroyed by your answer since you also prove Cruz is a liar. If, as you say, Cruz went along with his donors, it clearly means that he didn’t think it was the right thing to do but he yielded to financial pressure. i.e., he changed his position for $, the same thing you accuse Trump of doing. The lie comes when he explains his change in position. There is no need to explain the change to his donors as they know why he changed. The explanation is for his voters, and it is a false explanation since he didn’t mention that he was bought. He claimed that he came to the conclusion freely and in good conscience. (It was, reluctantly, the right thing to do. Not – it was the expedient, paid for thing to do.) A lie to the voters. You then decide that, because you want to believe in Cruz, you’ll give him a pass. A classic double standard.

          FWIW, I applaud Cruz for his decision, regardless of how he came to it. He realizes that the operative principle in an election is ‘elect the best of what’s available’ and he has made the right choice.

          Gentleman, I am #NeverTrump, and what you’ve described here is nothing like our argument. For Trump thuggery and deceit is the way of life and a choice. For Cruz to bend to the will of his donors is a tactic. He has no other donors, he is either out of politics or lives to fight another day. I want him in politics. I completely understand.

          VaGentleman in reply to VaGentleman. | October 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

          thanks for explaining the nuances in the way you apply your standards. I completely understand.

          VA, edge is a declared shrillary voter. Not just a typical nevertrumper.

Abort, repent. Twice and more, natural born killers.

Class diversity is racism, sexism, etc.

“=” is congruence or politically profitable exclusion.

Redistributive change is trickle-up poverty and Obamacare is a health penalty tax to compensate for monopolistic practices and liberal fiscal policies.

Progressive wars are social justice adventures where people are tried through legal, social, fiscal, and actual sodomy and abortion.

Refugee crises, mass exodus, etc. is emigration reform.

Female chauvinism is anti-woman, man, and baby, too.

Projections and especially displacement of [class] diversity, selective exclusion, anti-nativism, [social justice] adventurism, abortionism, and green/clean blight (i.e. displaced and obfuscated environmental disruption/corruption), and Pro-Choice quasi-religion are vulgar and abusive.

Clinton et al will either lose their quasi-religion, progressive liberal (i.e. unprincipled, degenerative) ideology, and accept responsibility for the victims of female chauvinism, the vulgarity of the sexual revolution (e.g. interns with “benefits”, reproductive prostitution), social justice adventurism, class diversitism, abortion rites in a “final solution”, and Planned Parenthood/clinical cannibalism, or they are irredeemable.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | October 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Correction. Refugee crises, mass exodus, etc. is Immigration reform that can only be resolved through Emigration reform, the end of progressive wars, trials by sodomy and abortion, and other efforts (e.g. progressive debt, class diversity) to avoid responsibility and destabilize societies.

What is troubling is the number of Americans who think that since X is unfit for office they must vote for Y, who is (in their eyes) just a little bit less unfit. Never mind that both X & Y are unfit — that isn’t relevant to their decision.

Thus they grade on a curve, rather than on the standard of “Is this person fit for office”. If the American people were to do that, we wouldn’t be looking at the likelihood that our next president will be unfit for office.

So is Ted still Lyin’ now, or was he only Lyin’ when he didn’t support Trump?

Trump doesn’t need the globalist’s support anyway. He’s got crossover democrats and minorities in the bag.

The polls prove it, unless when they don’t. In that case they are biased.

One bright spot in all this, four more years of Obama policy and RIP GOP.

    Like most people with a brain, principles, and a conscience, Cruz was very torn about supporting Trump. He has ultimately decided to do so, why not take that for what it is? If you don’t care, then don’t care, but the Cheeto godlet is happy to have Cruz’s support.

      VaGentleman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | October 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      It’s either amazing or impossible that the only voters voting their conscience are voting against Trump.

      Over 13,000,000 voters chose Trump in the primaries. Your statement that they lack brains, principles or consciences is repugnant.

        Ragspierre in reply to VaGentleman. | October 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

        You prove…again…that you cannot flucking read.

        And you’re a rabid cultist and T-rump sucker.

        And over 15,000,000 voters voted AGAINST Trump in the primaries.

        Of those, many have chosen to support Trump now that he’s won the nomination, but not all have. Those who did had to weigh a great many issues and their principles and morals and their conscience to decide to do so.

          VaGentleman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | October 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

          Sorry, Fuzzy, but your statement is quite clear: “Like most people with a brain, principles, and a conscience, Cruz was very torn about supporting Trump.”

          The 13,000,000 who voted for him in the primaries chose him over the other candidates by applying their brains, principles and consciences to the choice. They had options but chose him. You can make the case that Ted had no other choice and came reluctantly, and you would probably be right. But your statement says “most people with a brain …” came reluctantly (were “very torn about supporting Trump”) and clearly implies that those who came to Trump in the primaries don’t have brains, etc since they didn’t come reluctantly.
          To put it another way, you clearly imply that no one with “a brain, principles, and a conscience” could be an enthusiastic Trump supporter.

          That’s insulting to those who willingly made that choice.

          I was clearly referring to the more than 15 million primary voters who voted AGAINST Trump. These people had to decide what to do based on their varying degrees of revulsion for Trump. You can spin all day long, but read the comment to which I was responding for context . . . or we can go around and around until one of us wearies (lucky for you, I am the one who usually gets bored with such nonsense).

          You keep citing this 13 million without even acknowledging that millions MORE voted against Trump. Why is that? (I’m just curious on this point, actually, I see it argued by Trump fans a lot, but without noting the obvious counter-point. MORE of us did NOT want Trump than those who did. That’s just fact.)

        userpen in reply to VaGentleman. | October 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        I see you are a Gentleman, but Fuzzy Slippers is Lady and she didn’t mean what you imply.

      I’m making a t-shirt which I will wear on election day:

      “Take a bite of the shit-sandwich. Vote Trump! The alternative tastes much worse.”

Project Veritas strikes again!

A two parter. Part one is catching a Clinton staffer saying he could grab a womans ass twice and not get fired because the bar is so low.

Part two is catching a Clinton campaign worker cheating at Registration.

In other news, it is spreading that Ryan was behind the whole thing. Jerry Falwell Jr. has said that he believes Ryan was plotting to replace Trump with Pence. He scheduled two events one with Trump one with Pence. He was going to offer Pence the top spot. But Pence did not bite and dropped the appearance instead. Remember how our Ragsy couldn’t wait to tell us of how Ryan cancelled his Trump appearance. Hmmm. What did Rags know and when did he know it?

Also there are stories starting to circulate about how the clip was doctored. Parts may have been cut out, and it was actually a sound check not banter on a bus. Still stupid, but I seem to remember a certain person boasting that he had just started a nuclear war with Russia.

Oh and a online petition was started yesterday night asking Ryan to resign. Not many signatures yet but it is early.

Henry Hawkins | October 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

God forbid a US Senator support the presidential candidate his/her constituents want him/her to support, even when he/she has strong personal reservations about that candidate.

I live in Florida and Rubio is going win. The feeling here is that Trump voters are motivated and the rest of the voters are not too excited about Hacking Hillary and more than likely Trump wins as well. The biggest tip off is that NPA absentee ballots returned are higher than usual. Rubio knows it and so do the other campaigns.

It sure would be nice if the Republicans would spend a little less time publicly bitch-slapping each other and redirect all that venom in Hillary’s direction.

Bottom line: the GOP is a dead party.

Win or lose, Trump will remain a major, major player in American politics. The bums of the GOPe will have their party and their constituency of a handful of rich people, but they will become the Whig party of the 20th century. Good riddance.

While I voted for Cruz in the primaries and would have voted for him in the general, I have doubts he’d have won.
Sure he’d have torn hateful hitlery to shreds and made her look like a dingleberry in the debates, but almost every woman I know thought he was creepy looking and not one voted for him in the primary.
The women were almost 100% Rubio lovers, because he looked handsome. And they aren’t just bimbo type women. Most are well educated in their fields but don’t spend a lot of time on politics.
Maybe they’d have come around if Cruz had won but we’ll never know.