The media was abuzz, and will continue down the path of explaining away Ted Cruz’s historic victory in the Iowa Caucus on Monday.
Despite the fact that Cruz set the record for the most Iowa votes of any Republican candidate ever, the mainstream media, including FOX News, is overwhelmingly pushing the following false narratives:
- Iowa was made for Ted Cruz, and therefore his victory means very little.
- Marco Rubio, who came in third place, was the real winner, not Cruz.
- Even though Cruz won, it doesn’t matter anyway because the prior two winners — Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum — didn’t go on to either win the nomination or the presidency.
Ted Cruz, the only Hispanic in history to win the Iowa Caucus, destroyed all three narratives last night in a brief interview with CNN’s Dana Bash following his victory, a win following 13 previous polls showing him losing to Trump.
After Bash attempted to further the “Iowa was made for Ted Cruz” narrative, Cruz knocked that media-generated meme out of the park.
“You know, Dana, I’m kind of amused hearing that Iowa is tailor-made us. Last night I was watching the news and on every station, every media pundit saying ‘Cruz is gonna lose.’ I heard that over and over and over again — ‘Trump will win, Trump will win, Trump will win’ — every media pundit.
And then suddenly, when the grassroots proved the media wrong — then suddenly it was a forgone conclusion that Ted was going to win.
This is the power of the conservative grassroots. And there is a silent majority in this country.”
Cruz educated Bash that “one of the greatest lies” told repeatedly in the media is that America favors Obama’s failed big government liberal policies.
“That’s not true,” Cruz told Bash. “This is a center-right country. This is a country built on Judeo-Christian values,” Cruz asserted.
Cruz explained that his campaign is solidly built on common sense principles like living within your means, not bankrupting our children with massive debt, and following the U.S. Constitution.
The Texas senator believes that the GOP nominee may be picked by the end of March and that he has a pathway to victory.
Cruz then pointed out two striking differences between his campaign and the last two winners of the Iowa Caucus, Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012.
One is that when they finished Iowa, their campaigns were effectively “broke,” and they lacked the ground game and organization to compete beyond that state.
“When they [Huckabee in ’08 and Santorum in ’12] came out of Iowa, they were broke. When they came out Iowa, they didn’t have the national infrastructure to be able to compete effectively enough to win the nomination,” Cruz argued.
“We’re in a very different position,” Cruz contended, going on to explain an amazing statistic, which is that his campaign has almost as much cash on hand as the combined campaigns of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Chris Christie.
During last night’s victory speech, Cruz said that he has received donations from 800,000 different Americans, with the average amount being $67.
Ted Cruz told Dana Bash he has assembled the “grassroots army” to take him to the nomination and then the White House.