One of the main criticisms that many people, especially bloviating billionaire Donald Trump, have had about Texas Senator and constitutional conservative Ted Cruz is that, according to them, no one likes him and he can’t bring people together. Over the past few weeks, however, Cruz has destroyed that narrative as he has received the endorsement of a range of people within the Republican Party.
Not only have constitutional conservative Mike Lee and renowned conservative talk radio host Mark Levin endorsed Cruz, he has also received the endorsement of those perceived as more “establishment,” like Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham, who recognize that not only is the Cruz the only one who can stop Donald Trump, but with Cruz they know what they are getting, a consistent conservative. On Wednesday morning, Cruz received another endorsement that is sure to rattle the political world.
Former Florida governor and former 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush officially endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday. In his endorsement, Bush recognized that Washington, DC is broken and, therefore, it is critical to get behind a candidate who can articulate conservative policies and solutions. That person, Bush believes, is Ted Cruz.
“Today, I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President,” said Bush. “Ted is a consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests. Washington is broken, and the only way Republicans can hope to win back the White House and put our nation on a better path is to support a nominee who can articulate how conservative policies will help people rise up and reach their full potential.”
Bush continued, “For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies. To win, Republicans need to make this election about proposing solutions to the many challenges we face, and I believe that we should vote for Ted as he will do just that.”
This notion that Cruz is not liked by anyone in his party and, therefore, cannot win their support has been pushed by Trump over and over again in an effort to disparage the name and reputation of Cruz who has been the one of the few in Washington, D.C. who consistently stands on constitutionally-based principles, lives up to his campaign promises, and bucks the system even when it draws the ire of party leadership.
This criticism has been dispelled now over and over again as Ted Cruz continues to unite the Republican party, one that has fought against him tooth and nail since he entered the Senate, behind his campaign.
During an interview with CNN on Thursday morning, Cruz addressed the question of whether he can build a big enough coalition to either get to the magic number of 1,237 delegates, the number needed to secure the GOP nomination, or to stop Donald Trump. Host Chris Cuomo stated, “Nobody can argue a case like you do, especially at this table. Make the case.”
Cruz responded by first pointing out the fact that the bulk of voting in Arizona was done in early voting which began one month before the Arizona Primary. However, Cruz points out, his campaign has the momentum as things have changed since early voting began in Arizona on February 24.
“What we’re seeing all across the country is the momentum is with us and I’ll tell you, one of the things that shows that is [that] this morning, Jeb Bush endorsed our campaign. If you think about it, in the last 10 days we’ve been endorsed by Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Mike Lee and Mark Levin.”
“I mean, you want to talk about a broad coalition, ideologically diverse? That covers the entire spectrum of the Republican Party and what we’re seeing is 65-70% of Republicans nationally recognize that Donald Trump is not the right candidate to go up head to head against Hillary Clinton, that Donald loses to Hillary.”
As Cruz continues he cites a recent poll which shows that Donald Trump would actually lose in a general election in Utah to Hillary Clinton. Cruz says, “Now Utah is as bright, red conservative a state as there is in the country, and if the Republican nominee can’t carry Utah, as Donald Trump can’t, it means we get clobbered in a Walter Mondale-style landslide.”
Trump and his supporters will no doubt use this latest endorsement of Cruz by Jeb Bush to push the ridiculous notion that Cruz is “establishment.”
When Trump gets the backing of someone considered to be more establishment, he is praised for bringing people together. But, when Cruz does so, he is attacked as not being a real conservative, a laughable accusation that should cause the accuser to be struck by lightning.