The Statement by Ted Cruz That Almost Caused the Dials on a Luntz Focus Group to Break

Ted Cruz sends Frank Luntz focus group dials through the roof.Ted Cruz sends Frank Luntz focus group dials through the roof.

2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz almost broke the dials in the Frank Luntz focus group following the first GOP presidential debates on Thursday evening.

The statement by Cruz about what he would do about Islamic terrorist group ISIS set the dials soaring in approval, at one point hitting 96% and 93% among conservatives and moderates, respectively (100 is highest possible rating).

“If you join ISIS — if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant,” Cruz said Thursday evening, causing the audience to erupt in thunderous applause.

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When Luntz asked his focus group for a “word or phrase to describe Ted Cruz,” people responded with words like “next president,” “tough,” “impassioned,” “articulate,” “very intelligent,” “focused,” and “smart guy.”

“He’s a Cruz missile,” said one respondee.

Several in the audience said that Cruz’s debate performance caused them to switch their support from another candidate to him.

The group also gave high marks to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

“Bad news for Donald Trump — great news for Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee,” Luntz summarized on “The Kelly File” segment.

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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