Cruz slams possible third presidential bid by Mitt Romney

19 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

As Mitt and Jeb Court Donors For 2016, Ted Cruz Prepares For Potential Run.

The Tea Party Texan made his disapproval with a possible third Romney bid clear Sunday at a conservative convention in the early primary state of South Carolina. “If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, John McCain or Mitt Romney … the same people who stayed home in ’08 and ’12 will stay home in ’16 and the Democrat will win again,” Cruz said at the annual South Carolina Tea Party conference, according to NBC News. “Do we go back to the same old, same old? Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, reiterated his pitch on Sunday that if Republicans nominate a moderate candidate to be their presidential nominee in 2016, they’ll lose the White House to the Democrats again. Ted Cruz is urging South Carolina conservatives to help nominate a Republican president from their own ranks in 2016 or risk losing a third consecutive national election.

With his comments, Cruz became the latest Republican naysayer over another run by Romney, who said earlier this month he was seriously considering a third try. Speaking to The Daily Caller, one Cruz insider described recent efforts to reach out to donors and early state activists, interview potential staff and map out electoral strategies so if Cruz “makes that decision to go run, then we’re ready to flip the switch and start pressing forward.” Cruz has said publicly he expects the field of Republican contenders to form sometime between January and June, suggesting that is his timeframe for making an announcement. Cruz called GOP nominees like Mitt Romney in 2012, John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996 “good, honorable and decent men” but not conservative enough. The event — which will feature a number of other Republicans thinking about running for president, including Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Ben Carson — is the first so-called cattle call of the 2016 Republican presidential race. Romney weathered an uneasy relationship with the GOP’s conservative wing in 2012 in part because no single candidate among several conservative alternatives could sustain a viable campaign.

But if he runs for president, Cruz will certainly face competition from other conservatives: a Gravis Marketing poll in Iowa from last week, for example, shows Romney at 21 percent, Bush at 14 percent, Walker at 10 percent, Huckabee at 9 percent, Rand Paul at 8 percent, Cruz at 7 percent, Paul Ryan at 5 percent, Chris Christie at 5 percent and Marco Rubio at 4 percent. Tea party convention goers from several states this weekend have expressed optimism that the new dynamic could create an opening for Cruz or another establishment critic if he can consolidate rank-and-file conservatives who distrust the GOP’s traditional power structure. Cruz, beloved among tea party conservatives for his role in the partial government shutdown in October 2013, pointed to the GOP’s success in the November midterms as proof that the nation is ready for an unapologetically conservative president.

The “Washington graybeards” warned that the fight over the nation’s borrowing limit was “too risky” and would cost Republicans in 2014, he said. “We just saw an historic tidal wave of an election,” Cruz said, adding that the “graybeards” still haven’t admitted their political calculus was wrong. To Republicans who say such moves are too sweeping, Cruz again invoked Reagan, framing him as a bedrock conservative who battled the establishment of his day. Cruz did not acknowledge that Reagan, while animating conservatives and attracting Democrats from the middle, also fashioned a series of compromises with Democrats and moderate Republicans on taxes, budgets, immigration and Social Security, among other issues.

Another conservative favorite, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, offered the convention a long indictment of what he called a welfare state that has locked millions of Americans in poverty.

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