Ted Cruz Running For President: Texas Senator to Announce 2016 White House …

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Calif. governor calls Ted Cruz ‘unfit’ to run for president.

Ted Cruz is expected to announce his candidacy at Liberty University, according to an aide, giving the Tea Party favorite a head start on what is likely to be a crowded field of Republican White House contenders.

Photo: AFP Washington: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, will become the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 US presidential election race on Monday. Ted Cruz’ views on climate change make the Texas Republican unfit to run for president and that he would entertain making another bid for the White House himself if he were younger.

More than a dozen potential presidential candidates are already courting donors and voters in states like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote early in next year’s primary season. Host Chuck Todd asked the governor to respond to a video clip of Cruz telling Seth Meyers of “Late Night” earlier in the week that science and the snow he had just encountered in New Hampshire undermine the dire warnings of global warming “alarmists.” Brown didn’t waste any time in labeling Cruz’ comment as false and countering that 90 percent of the scientists who study climate change believe it is real, human-caused and producing extreme weather of all kinds. Cruz “betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of existing scientific data, it’s shocking, and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office,” he said. While non-declared candidates like former Florida governor Jeb Bush can solicit million-dollar checks for their political organizations, Cruz will not be able to ask supporters for more than $5,400, the maximum contribution allowed for candidates. Later that year, Cruz pushed his party to force a 16-day government shutdown in an unsuccessful effort to deny funding to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act.

So, we don’t need to speculate on that.” Brown said he thinks candidates from both parties will need to talk about climate change, how they plan to fund repairs to the nation’s aging infrastructure and their views on using federal dollars to support scientific and technology research. In recent weeks, he has criticized other potential Republican candidates for supporting comprehensive immigration reform and the Common Core educational standards.

Cruz is a proven fundraiser, collecting in $18 million for his Senate race and raising a further $2 million to distribute to other candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That might be less than the total raised by more establishment-friendly candidates like Bush or Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who is viewed favorably by many wealthy donors in a conservative network led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Several other potential candidates are statistically tied with Cruz, including Rubio, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

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