The Daily 202: Is Ted Cruz a phony?

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cruz, Rubio focus on immigration above other issues.

Bumped to the undercard debate just a month ago, Christie has skyrocketed from an embarrassing 3 percent in October to 11 percent today in the latest Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald New Hampshire poll — a strong fourth-place showing. MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters before the sprint to the Iowa caucuses.

WASHINGTON: The moderation of India’s nearly 200 million Muslims in a plural, democratic country got a famous thumbs-up in a raucous Republican presidential debate on Wednesday where rivals piled on to front-runner Donald Trump’s perceived hostility to the Islamic faith.Blasting the Republican-led Congress over a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that, among other things, fully funds Planned Parenthood and has the White House declaring victory yet again on fiscal fronts, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that the GOP should be disbanded. “There is no Republican Party!” Limbaugh said. “You know, we don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re gonna do this. He still trails billionaire Donald Trump by double digits, but Christie has now surpassed the other two moderate governors in the race — former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Ohio’s John Kasich — and hangs just one point behind second-place Sens. Cruz, a Texas senator and tea party firebrand, sees Rubio’s support for a more forgiving immigration policy as his greatest vulnerability among conservatives who overwhelmingly oppose a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

Trump’s fitness for the presidency, which his aides believe is setting him apart from the sprawling field just as voters begin to make up their minds in early voting states. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, second only to Trump in some polls, invoked India to contest the maverick billionaire’s demonisation of all Muslims, saying the focus on fighting extremism should not be based on faith, but on the “political and theological ideology that seeks to murder us”. “I’m reminded of what FDR’s grandfather said, all horse thieves are democrats but not all democrats are horse thieves,” Cruz joked in a folksy swipe at Democrats while making the point that not all Muslims are terrorists or extremists. “In this instance there are millions of peaceful Muslims across the world, like in India, where there is not the problems we are seeing in nations that are controlled by al-Qaida or IS.” While many American leaders — notably George W Bush when he was President — have expressed admiration for India’s plural and secular nature that has its nearly 15% Muslim population living in relative harmony amid aberrations, the reference to it in the current GOP line-up was unexpected, given their insular outlook, their hyper-nationalism, and their modest grasp of foreign history. You know, just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it, because that’s what’s happening anyway.” Limbaugh recounted how American voters “showed up in record numbers” and “defeated Democrats down the ballot” in order to get Republicans to stop runaway spending and President Barack Obama’s agenda. “And now the Republicans have the largest number of seats in the House they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War,” he said. “And it hasn’t made any difference at all.

In fact, the debate saw candidates trying to outdo each other in projecting a muscular foreign policy with one aspirant (John Kasich) wanting to “punch the Russians in the nose,” another (Chris Christie) ready to shoot down Russian planes if they violated a US enforced no-fly zone in Syria. The reason: The attacks on Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., changed everything, and Granite Staters like what they’re hearing from Christie on national security. But Trump trumped them all, going as far as to suggest he would approve killing family members of IS terrorists to defeat them. “You look at the attack in California the other day — numerous people, including the mother that knew what was going on,” Trump said in a reference to the San Bernardino terrorist strike initiated by two Pakistani-origin jihadis. “They saw a pipe bomb sitting all over the floor. But on Wednesday, he looked as vulnerable as he ever has on Fox News as host Bret Baier methodically confronted him with a long trail of seemingly contradictory statements on immigration reform.

Christie’s debate strategy Tuesday night was to cast his rivals — especially Rubio and Cruz — as part of a paralyzed Washington bureaucracy with no vision, and himself as a tested, seasoned leader. “If your eyes are glazing over like mine, this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the United States Senate,” Christie said of the bantering among Rubio, Cruz and Paul. “I mean, endless debates about how many angels on the head of a pin from people who’ve never had to make a consequential decision in an executive position. Asked about the Republican hopeful, she said: “Well, that’s really tragic that you hear these comments which are full of hatred, full of this ideology of being discriminative towards others. “It will be very unfair, very unjust that we associate 1.6 billion with a few terrorist organisations.” After bumping into a 22-year-old female Democrat in Iowa, the presidential hopeful recorded a video message for the girl’s dad – a fan of ‘The Donald’.

The Texas senator – and front-runner for the Iowa caucuses – declared during Tuesday’s debate: “I have never supported legalization, and I do not intend to support legalization.” But, as Baier pointed out, Cruz introduced an amendment to Sen. Marco Rubio’s bipartisan immigration bill in 2013 that would have stripped its citizenship component without removing its path to undocumented immigrants receiving work permits and green cards. And while 29 percent of Granite Staters think Trump would do the best job handling terrorism, Christie came in second with 14 percent, edging out Cruz and Rubio. I really do hope that as this election goes on you will listen to your daughter.” (The former First Lady obviously likes the line, because she used it earlier in the day.

All kinds of punitive things in Obamacare, delayed yet again so that people will not be made aware of the pain and suffering Obamacare’s gonna cause.” Clinton asked her supporters at a rally in Nebraska, to tell their Republican friends that “as best as you can tell, looking under the lights, I don’t have horns.” Back in October, she joined an anti-Trump protest outside his hotel, and told the crowd: “You know, some people think Mr Trump is entertaining. Once the bill’s leading salesman, Rubio distanced himself from his own plan as the presidential contest neared, suggesting it was a mistake to push for comprehensive legislation. There are apprehensions in some quarters that if party bosses that he will run as an independent and split the Republican base of the party bosses unfairly deny him the nomination he looks like winning fair and square. Trump, a billionaire real estate magnate, whom he repeatedly assailed during the debate in Las Vegas. “Going after Trump is tactically brilliant for Jeb,” said Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and CNN commentator who supports Mr.

The host played a clip of Cruz in the Senate saying he “want[ed] immigration reform to pass” and that if his colleagues sought reform that “allows those who are here illegally to come in out of the shadows,” they should pass his amendment, in which case “the chances of this bill passing into law would increase dramatically.” He went on to read several similar quotes from the time. Bush. “There are others on that stage who don’t agree with what Trump says or how he says it, but don’t have the guts to lay a glove on the guy for fear of antagonizing his supporters and incurring his wrath. Rubio, who previously emphasized criticism of Cruz’s national security positions, said his rival’s repeated attacks on immigration left him little choice but to examine the Texan’s record on the issue. “I was attacked by Ted Cruz on the debate stage and I responded by saying I’m puzzled by his attacks on this,” Rubio said, accusing Cruz of using “crafty language.” ”He’s the one that, for example, supports doubling the number of green cards.

Bush released a new ad, “Tough Enough,” that opens with the words, “One candidate tough enough to take on the bully,” before cutting to an exchange between Mr. It’s certainly not the pattern of a leader.” Then, to really push the knife in, she added: “Apparently Donald Trump only feels big when he’s trying to make everyone else look small. Cruz has said in the past that the amendment also aimed to call Democrats’ bluff: By opposing a path to legalization, Democrats would betray that they only cared about citizenship because it would increase the ranks of Democratic voters. Rubio or any other candidate running to make that same statement, to be clear where they stand.” Cruz has previously supported broadening legal immigration in some cases. Bush plans to make New Hampshire, the first primary state, his second home as the holidays approach, and to spend more than half his time there in the seven weeks before the Feb. 9 primary.

Cruz was right that absolutely no one involved in immigration reform at the time thought he was seriously considering supporting the Gang of Eight bill. In 2015, he tweeted to say that if Hillary Clinton “can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” in a thinly veiled reference to Bill Clinton’s infidelity. Later that same month he said of German supermodel Heidi Klum “Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.” (I’m sure she was devastated.) The real estate mogul received his best ever poll ratings in a Monmouth University poll released on Monday, getting 41 per cent of support from Republican and Republican leaning voters. Bush, who is on a fund-raising swing out West, will head to New Hampshire on Saturday for a breakneck day of five town-hall-style events, starting in the morning in Contoocook and ending in Nashua after nightfall. Cruz supporter and Las Vegas resident Bob Jacobsen, 85, linked illegal immigration to terrorism, noting that he and his son bought guns for the first time two days earlier to protect their family from violent extremists.

And staff members for the super PAC supporting him, Right to Rise, have already knocked on more than 12,000 doors there, using tablets to update voters’ information. And I challenge every other Republican candidate to say the same thing or, if not, then to stop making silly assertions that their record and my record on immigration are the same.” That’s Cruz’s decisive take now.

Remember that in 2013, it seemed possible that support for immigration reform of some kind might become the party line for the GOP, which knew it needed to do a better job of appealing to Hispanics. Bush to stand out as “the one that’s standing up for the party and the country,” his campaign’s communications director, Tim Miller, said on a private conference call with donors after the debate. (Mr.

Bush’s quip, “You’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency,” was the most shared moment on Facebook Tuesday night.) There appears to be an opening in New Hampshire among Republicans who are uncomfortable with Mr. It’s left Cruz having to claim he was saying one thing in public, while actually meaning another – something that sounds a lot like the argument Cruz routinely levels against Republican leaders in Congress. “This is the sort of slimy behavior that we expect from Bill Clinton or Harry Reid, not from the straight-talking, Churchillian foe of all that is unholy about Washington,” National Review columnist Charles W.

Rubio may not like to talk about his support for earned citizenship much these days, but as recently as last month he confirmed to NPR – in English – that it was indeed still his position. He has shifted his stance regarding how it would happen – he now wants border security measures passed first – in a way that makes it hard to tell if anyone will ever actually obtain legal status or citizenship.

This fall, they worried about being able to fill rooms and began sending out invitations to “friendraisers,” fund-raisers where the campaign waived the donation required to attend. One solicitation in October, in Greenwich, Conn., read, “I want you to come as my guest, no charge,” before concluding, “The important thing is that you come!” But Bush supporters and donors are a loyal group.

Many of them have known the candidate since his days as governor and remain convinced that he is the most qualified candidate to be president — and that Republican primary voters, as they get to know him better, will eventually arrive at the same conclusion. There have been some high spots in fund-raising, according to the campaign: a half-million-dollar haul in Michigan in October; $350,000 in Dallas and a quarter-million in New York in November; and $325,000 in Miami in early December, on the eve of a Bush donor retreat there.

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