Smoking Gun! Ted Cruz Was NOT American Citizen at Birth! Given AMNESTY in 1986 by President Reagan? His parents failed to file a CRBA form which is required by US law. Ted’s parents did not fill out the required form until 1986.Did Cruz’s parents ever file a CRBAform. or apply for amnesty per President Reagans Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?http://ppsimmons.blogspot.ca/2016/02/smoking-gun-ted-cruz-was-not-american.html
Ted Cruz, who suffered a pyrrhic victory in Texas, is losing cash fast and could be forced out of the presidential race.
Cruz won Texas with a margin of victory well below historical averages for Texan home state candidates and was dependent on evangelical voters in the Deep South to win delegates, but plurality of those voters chose Donald Trump instead on Super Tuesday.
So far, the Texas senator has only won 61% of the delegates he needs to stay on track for the nomination, far below Trump who is exceeding his target.
And unfortunately for Cruz, the next five primaries on March 15 hold far less potential for victories than the previous Southern states Cruz was counting on that Trump won.
“The Texas senator remains well behind Trump in the delegate count, and now rumors are swirling of a campaign that has spent almost as much money as did the already-departed Jeb Bush fiasco, with little more to show for it – and that money is said to now be running out,” DC Whispers reported. “The numbers are staggering: over $100 million raised, much of it from Big Oil and law firms, and much of that now spent trying to secure a better than 50% victory in Texas that would have garnered the candidate all of his home state’s 155 delegates, but instead Cruz has earned less than 44% support among Texas voters.”
“By comparison, George W. Bush won over 87% of the Texas vote in 2000 – double Tex Cruz’s mark.”
Apparently Cruz offered to drop out of the race in exchange for a Supreme Court appointment, and moreover the establishment has already cut most of their ties with Cruz: last week when the Koch Bros. met with donors to try and stop Trump, they recruited Rubio and even failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney – but not Cruz.
Cruz still has cash on hand and raised nearly $12 million in February — his biggest monthly haul of the campaign – but he also spent a lot on Super Tuesday and may not have enough money to last beyond April as fewer donations are pouring in.
Sen. Ted Cruz used a Carson City rally on Tuesday to take a thinly veiled shot at fellow Republican and governor Brian Sandoval.
He started his speech at the Brewery Arts Center objecting to politicians he says run as conservatives but change once in office.
“The people of Nevada has some experience with politicians who say one thing and do another,” the Texas senator said. “Politicians who campaign on cutting taxes then vote in a massive increase.”
He said voters need “leaders whose first priority is to honor the commitments they made to the people who elected (them).”
In contrast, he praised his Nevada campaign chairman Attorney General Adam Laxalt as a “principled constitutionalist.”
It was Laxalt who introduced Cruz to the crowd of more than 200, descriving him as “the most prepared to get us back to the constitutional center.”
He drew applause from the crowd when he cited the fact the federal government owns 85 percent of Nevada “is fundamentally wrong and, if I’m elected president, that will end.”
He said his administration also would lift the yoke of the EPA and BLM off of Nevada.
Cruz said his first day in office as president, he would “rescind every illegal, unconstitutional executive action” President Obama has made, order a Justice Department investigation of Planned Parenthood, order government agencies to stop whast he called “the persecution of religious liberty,” tear up the Iran nuclear arms deal and order the U.S. embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem.
He also said Justice Antonin Scalia’s death puts the nation one justice away form a high court he said would tear up the constitution and Bill of Rights. He said as president he would nominate only principaled constitutionalists to the Supreme Court.
Cruz touted his reputation as being disliked by his fellow members of the House and Senate as a badge of honor saying they don’t like him because he stands up for his principals and refuses to cave in to political expediency and “get along.”
Cruz concluded by telling the crowd he believes President Obama’s legacy will be creating the “new generation of Republican candidates who will produce the next Reagan revolution.”
Ted Cruz – Ted’s loss yesterday (as described here), showcases what we have outlined for a long time. Team Cruz does not carry a pathway to a successful nomination. Period. If Cruz cannot win a single county in 75% evangelical voter friendly South Carolina, where exactly can he win?
SEC primary states or not, Ted Cruz’s last and only firewall before an embarrassing, albeit lucrative, exit is Texas. If Cruz doesn’t win Texas, he’s done. But he needs to keep talking like it’s possible in order for the supporters to hit the donation buttons on the increasingly urgent and desperate emails.
Team Cruz talking points will center around beating Trump by a.) confronting Trump directly, or, b) taking down Marco Rubio. Except Cruz faces a reality problem. Taking support from Rubio only benefits Trump, not Cruz.
Hillary Clinton just lost New Hampshire. Don’t assume she’ll win the next state, either.
By Aaron Blake February 9 at 8:13 PM Follow @aaronblake
Update: The Clinton campaign conceded at 8 p.m. Eastern time, as the last polls in New Hampshire were closing. The below post had been updated.There is a quirk in the Democratic presidential nominating calendar.
Nevada, which is generally thought to be the fourth of the four early states, will actually be the third to vote. Its caucuses are next on the nominating calendar and will take place Feb. 20 — the same day Republicans hold a primary in South Carolina. South Carolina Democrats go to the polls a week later, on Feb. 27.
And if you’re Hillary Clinton, that’s not ideal.
There is this perception that New Hampshire, which Bernie Sanders won Tuesday, is too white and too close to Sanders’s home state of Vermont for Clinton to win. After New Hampshire, though, the states get significantly more diverse; basically every one of the next couple dozen states to vote is less white than Iowa and New Hampshire.
We’ve called this Clinton’s “nonwhite firewall.” Basically: More-diverse electorates start voting, and Clinton has a better chance of putting together a series of wins and ending Bernie Sanders once and for all.
But while Clinton might indeed be a shoo-in in South Carolina, that isn’t so clearly the case in Nevada. Witness this tweet Monday from chief Nevada political analyst Jon Ralston:
Hillary has an advantage. But it will be closer than people think, and she’s not a lock. #wematter https://t.co/yvE5yG0fcG
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) February 8, 2016
Technically, Nevada is actually the more-diverse state of the two. Non-Hispanic whites comprise just 51.5 percent of the population in Nevada, compared to 64 percent in South Carolina. Nevada has many Hispanics, while South Carolina has a large black population.
But to assume that both play to Clinton’s strengths in similar ways is to miss the point. For a few reasons:
1. While Nevada is even more diverse than South Carolina, its caucuses have been much whiter.
According to 2008 entrance polls, just 15 percent of Democratic caucus-goers were Latinos, even as they were 24 percent of the population of the state.
This has plenty to do with the fact that, while about a quarter of the state was Hispanic, just 12 percent of eligible voters in Nevada were Hispanic, thanks to huge populations of young and undocumented Latinos. In fact, in 2008, black voters actually comprised the same portion of the caucus electorate as Hispanics — 15 percent — despite being less than 10 percent of the state’s population.
That black turnout likely had at least something to do with the potential first black president being on the ballot — something that will not be true in this year’s caucuses. Thus, even as the state’s Hispanic population has climbed from 24 percent to 28 percent over the last eight years, we could very well see an electorate that is no more diverse than it was in 2008.
And it wasn’t a very diverse electorate. In fact, it was nearly two-thirds white — compared to 43 percent in South Carolina that year.
2. Latinos are less overwhelmingly for Clinton
An automated Public Policy Polling national survey last week showed Clinton leading Sanders by 74 points among black voters, but by just 12 points among Hispanics.
That’s one survey, but it’s clear that Sanders’s problem is much more acute among black voters, who are a much bigger presence in South Carolina than in Nevada.
3. Nevada is a caucus state
This is a format that requires a time investment and rewards impassioned supporters, who are more numerous on the Sanders side of the 2016 primary, all signs indicate. Clinton will certainly have a formidable operation on the ground in Nevada, but as we saw in Iowa, intensity can make up for a lot.
So could Sanders actually win Nevada? It’s very difficult to say with any certainty, given the dearth of quality public polling. The last high-quality survey from CNN-ORC in October showed Clinton leading Sanders by 22 points (58-36) in a race without Joe Biden and with Martin O’Malley. Of course, back then, CNN’s polling showed Clinton ahead in Iowa by 18 points. A lot could have changed in Nevada, too.
But the atmospherics are there for a competitive state — one that could extend Clinton’s misery for just a little while longer or at least be a headache, before her campaign can fall back on the much more solid portions of her firewall.
Nevada Democratic Caucus Polls 2016: Hillary Ahead, but That Could Change
Ted Cruz says he believes in you… that is why he’s running… but should we believe in him? Just who is Ted Cruz? After my quick hit news report on Monday the youtube comments section erupted.
“Preps Etcetera” posted my favorite comment with this revelation:
Oh… pulease….You should all be aware that Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi is a vice president for Goldman Sachs. Would they be more disturbed to know about her work on the independent task force that wrote “Building a North American Community” which was sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.
Well Preps you just opened up a can of worms…
Now… before you get your tea bags in a bunch about this Ted Cruz pile on… lets take a step back to understand what Preps is saying… now, if you love America as much as you say then you’ll listen very closely.
Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | Renoownded investigator Kirt Nimmo has a schathing pice out this week for Prison Planet that rips the curtain off the rails and exposes Ted Cruz’s puppet masters.
Nimmo reports, It is not simply his wife’s connection to Goldman Sachs and investment banking or his unreported loan from the multinational investment banking firm, however, that betrays this image.
See the report here:
In a collection of essays on criminal justice reform published last April, Ted Cruz criticized “draconian mandatory minimum sentences” and bragged about supporting a bill that would cut them in half for federal drug offenders. Six months later, the Texas senator warned his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee against voting for a bill that would let drug offenders seek shorter sentences, saying “every one of us who votes to release violent criminals from prison prior to the expiration of their sentence can fully expect to be held accountable by our constituents.” In my latest Forbes column, I argue that Cruz’s presidential ambitions led him to abandon a cause he once championed:
A year ago, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley condemned a sentencing reform bill backed by Ted Cruz as “lenient” and “dangerous.” Eight months later, it was Cruz’s turn. Explaining his opposition to a sentencing reform bill backed by Grassley, Cruz described it as dangerously lenient.
When the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Grassley’s bill by a 3-to-1 margin in October, Cruz joined four other Republicans in voting no. The Texas senator—once a leading Republican critic of excessively harsh criminal penalties, especially for nonviolent drug offenders—had effectively traded places with Grassley, a law-and-order Iowa Republican who has long resisted efforts to reduce those penalties.
The switch was especially puzzling because the bill Cruz supported was more ambitious than the one he portrayed as unacceptably lax. Worse, Cruz’s explanation for his vote featured the sort of demagoguery that politicians like Grassley have long deployed against attempts to make our criminal justice system less mindlessly punitive. It is hard to escape the impression that Cruz, who is running second to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and still has a shot at winning the Iowa caucus on Monday, decided to abandon a cause that might alienate conservative primary voters.
In 1988 Ted Cruz, as a high school senior at the Second Baptist School in Houston, Texas, made a video announcing his goals in life. Other than starring in a beach film, Cruz said he wanted to “take over the world, world domination… you know, rule everything, rich, powerful that sort of stuff.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt says he hopes his Basque-themed gathering of Republican presidential candidates this weekend will become a can’t-miss campaign stop and spawn copycats in the Silver State.
Laxalt is hosting the inaugural Basque Fry on Saturday at a ranch in Gardnerville. Republican presidential candidates Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and George Pataki are scheduled to attend.
Laxalt says the $35-per-person barbecue isn’t a fundraiser and aims to give everyday voters a chance to talk with candidates. It’s modeled after similar gatherings in early vote states, such as the Harkin Steak Fry that attracted Democratic candidates for four decades in Iowa.
The event carries on a tradition from Laxalt’s Basque grandfather, former Nevada governor and Sen. Paul Laxalt, who held similar barbecues for 30 years.
The Texas firebrand, who launched his presidential campaign last month, isn’t breaking through in most early polls of the 2016 race. But when he travels to Las Vegas to speak to the Republican Jewish donors he has aggressively courted, he’ll be on top.
The only other Republicans with presidential aspirations expected to attend the Republican Jewish Coalition spring meeting are former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. They’re all at the bottom of most polls. And the top-ranking Republicans, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, won’t be around.
That gives Cruz a key opening to prove to some of the most prominent Republican donors, including casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, that he’s the most electable, pro-Israel Republican in a crowd of candidates making the exact same pitch. The coalition is deeply split, with large groups of donors interested in Cruz, Bush, Walker and Rubio, according to a half-dozen RJC members. Consensus seems far in the distance — if it will ever arrive at all.
“I don’t think at this time there is any larger faction than any other,” said Ron Bloom, a California GOP donor on the group’s board who is undecided. “I’ll commit to four of five of them financially because I love them all — and we’ll see who comes out on top.”
The four dozen board members in attendance this weekend includes some of the biggest names in the pro-Israel donor network, including Adelson, potential Rubio finance chair Wayne Berman, top Bush bundler Sam Fox, and hedge fund manager Paul Singer. And other Israel supporters — incensed by President Obama’s recent negotiations with Iran and his perceived snubbing of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — will draw record attendance, with about 700 total people expected to attend the spring meeting.
Bundlers and other top donors will roam Adelson’s Venetian Resort and Hotel, likely crossing paths not just with Cruz and Perry but also with the surrogates that other candidates are sending to rub elbows with the RJC board members on their behalf.
Walker is sending his chief foreign policy aide, Mike Gallagher, to the meeting, as an ambassador, according to someone familiar with the event. And Bush has an even better surrogate: his older brother, President George W. Bush, who appointed many of the group’s leadership to plum assignments during his presidency and will speak Saturday evening.
“There is a tremendous connection not only with George W. Bush the man, but the George W. Bush who has been probably the best president that Israel has ever had,” said Florence Shaprio, a former Texas state senator who is supporting Jeb Bush. “There’s not a strong — there’s a very strong — leaning toward George W. Bush.”
Another shadow Cruz will have to overtake this weekend: 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who some RJC members still think can be convinced to make a third run for the office. Romney won a coveted spot at the Thursday evening private dinner at Sheldon Adelson’s home, joining Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.
“I know he would be the best of the best,” said board member Martin Selig, who is hoping the Jewish group could draft him, though Romney has continually rebuffed others’ entreaties.
Yet Cruz has his allies in the group, led by Dallas businessman and longtime Cruz friend Adam Ross, according to several RJC members. Cruz has also deputized Nick Muzin, a political aide to Cruz who is Orthodox, as his top pitchman to the Jewish community.
“Jewish voters are approaching 2016 very strategically and they want to support someone that can win the nomination and can beat Hillary — and we’ve been successfully making that argument,” said Muzin.
Cruz remains a somewhat less divisive figure in the RJC community than he does within the broader Republican electorate: Many RJC members have been enamored by the Texan’s ideological commitment to Israel, with several recalling how Cruz walked off the stage at an gala in September where some crowd members heckled and booed him for his advocacy.
“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” he told the crowd.
Nevertheless, RJC leadership is looking for Cruz to convert on that goodwill this weekend. He has spoken to the board before privately, but this is his first audition in front of the entire roll of supporters.
“If somebody has the opportunity to catch fire and doesn’t catch fire, that’s notable,” said one RJC board member, who asked not to be identified.
Cruz will attend Shabbat dinner on Friday evening and speak Saturday morning, as will Perry, Pence and Ohio senator Rob Portman. Graham and House Speaker John Boehner will address members in the afternoon. That’s when Cruz and Perry will be quickly hustling across two time zones to address an audience of very different beliefs at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.
But much of the Cruz overtures will happen before he even speaks — on the sidelines at cocktail parties at receptions where deals are made and commitments secured. Cruz is scheduled to meet privately with several RJC board members, Muzin said.
Cruz will likely have his sights trained on Adelson in particular, who spent at least $100 million in 2012 — including some against Cruz in his Texas primary — and has not yet decided which Republican candidate to support in this year’s primary, according to Republicans familiar with his thinking. Cruz has huddled with Adelson several times in the past few months.
But this weekend, every Republican donor gets a chance for one more once-over before they meet the Republican field in full at a forum in December in Washington. By then, the Iowa caucuses won’t be far off.
Any hard endorsement at this point — no matter how hard Cruz or his Republican rivals pursue them or how sincerely donors consider their overtures — aren’t likely to come after one weekend, though. RJC members said they plan to smile and play polite.
“When there’s presidential politics in the works, everybody sort of stands up and salutes,” said Shapiro.