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.
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.