The end of the Trump-Cruz bromance? Not if Cruz has his way.

12 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clinton ally Brock lays out Cruz attack plan.

Trump went after Ted Cruz at a town hall event in Iowa Friday evening, accusing the Texas senator of being beholden to big oil companies because he opposes ethanol subsidies, which are deeply popular in this agricultural state. “He’s a nice guy. When a bipartisan group of senators dubbed the “Gang of Eight” began tackling immigration reform in 2012, a key goal for members of the group was to keep Sen.While Hillary Clinton talks about Donald Trump on the trail, her allies are going after the GOP contender Democrats see as the real competition: Ted Cruz.

In an email blast, Texas’ junior senator accused the Times of writing a “misleading story” and told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that it was based on anonymous sourcing. I mean, everything I say he agrees with me, no matter what I say,” Trump began. “But with the ethanol, really, he’s got to come a long way.” Trump also appeared to take a veiled shot at Cruz’s family background, suggesting Cruz might have trouble appealing to the state’s evangelical voters. “I do like Ted Cruz, but not a lot of evangelicals come out of Cuba,” he said of the country where Cruz’s father, an evangelical preacher, was born. Ted Cruz, and not Donald Trump, will be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate next year when the city hosts the Republican National Convention, a prominent Democratic activist predicted during an appearance in Cleveland on Friday. David Brock, one of Clinton’s most important allies and fundraisers, is preparing a campaign against the Texas conservative that will attack his character as well as his policy positions. “The people who know Ted Cruz best despise him, including his former college roommate,” Brock said during a Q&A following a speech Friday at the City Club of Cleveland. “He’s raised money for groups that ran ads against his own fellow Republican senators. In the recording from the event, Cruz questioned the judgment of rivals Donald Trump and a fading Ben Carson, while emphasizing that he does in fact like them. “Who is prepared to be a commander in chief?

The critique spilled into view, though, threatening to end months of the presidential rivals playing nice. “Who am I comfortable having their finger on the button? The attacks came after The New York Times reported that Cruz had questioned Trump’s judgment at a closed-door fundraiser, straining the rare detente between two of the race’s most outspoken candidates. Rubio said he would be unable to persuade fellow conservatives to support a special path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, so an alternative was devised. David Brock, founder of the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, predicted that Trump would lose the nomination, but would end up having a significant influence in Cruz’s campaign. He single-handedly forced the government shutdown, which his own colleagues said was a suicide note.” Brock outlined a general-election battle that would focus on social issues where he believes Cruz is “wildly out of touch with American voters.” He listed Cruz’s position on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, “personhood” legislation and contraception. “Those are the kinds of issues that are going to be raised, and there’s an awful lot to talk about with Ted Cruz.” Brock is a Clinton detractor-turned-defender.

Trump has gone after his other opponents gleefully and viciously, panning Jeb Bush as low-energy, Ben Carson as “pathological” and Marco Rubio as a lightweight who drinks too much water. He founded the rapid response organization Correct The Record, which coordinates with the official Clinton campaign and plays an outsize role both in defending her against Republican attacks and going on offense against the competition. And I think that is a question that is a challenging question for both of them.” Trump has eviscerated his opponents on social media since his campaign began, lobbing attacks at anyone who dared to criticize him. Since March, Cruz has been highly visible in Iowa, courting Evangelicals and winning valuable endorsements including the backing of Representative Steve King.

Every one of us who is running is being assessed by the voters under that metric, and that is exactly why we have a democratic election to make that determination.” Cruz, who has moved up in some polls behind frontrunner Trump, may be concerned about the impact of the Times’ report. It was only later that he and the other senators discovered that the new approach, with its larger overall number, would backfire politically and lead to more objections fromthe same conservatives Rubio was trying to mollify.

He also trashed, one-by-one, the top-polling Republican candidates as backing conservative policies favored by the Koch brothers and being backed by organizations with ties to the Koch network. He described Cruz as “the second angriest man in the race” and a “hyper-partisan who has aligned himself with the most extreme elements of the Republican Party,” including the House Freedom Caucus and Iowa Rep. Cruz has assiduously worked not to offend Trump throughout the campaign, seeking to keep a detente going and positioning himself for some of inflammatory mogul’s voters. The bill passed the Senate in June 2013 with Rubio’s vote, but he then withdrew his support amid a conservative backlash, and the legislation died in the House. But even so, Brock said that Trump’s success while running on nativist positions, such as advocating for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, is a direct result of a climate encouraged through a conservative grassroots movement supported by the Kochs and others.

During the press conference Vander Plaats called Cruz, “the extraordinary leader that we need for these extraordinary times.” “We will be going all in for Senator Ted Cruz – We have found him as a man of deep character. He’s playing a very long game organizationally on the ground,” Brock said. “He’s going to win Iowa, I believe, maybe not New Hampshire, but then South Carolina,” Brock said, adding that the party rules that allow for winner-take-all primaries come March will ensure a Cruz victory. A man that we can fully trust, who has a consistency of convictions, who loves his God, loves his spouse, and who loves his family,” said Bob Vander Plaats. “We also see him to be very, very competent. He was in town to promote his new book “Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary Clinton and hijack Your Government” — but spoke only for three minutes about Clinton, the former senator, First Lady and Secretary of State.

Brock said he doesn’t dismiss what he characterized as an outside chance that Donald Trump could win his party’s nomination — “You never discount a demagogue” — but said he is not prepared to pour resources into planning for the rise of Sen. But as shown in the problematic citizenship workaround that was created for him, Rubio also became known as a relatively inexperienced lawmaker whose short-term political calculations sometimes worked against his long-term goals. We’ll be hearing from him at the convention and on the campaign trail.” In his prepared remarks, Brock also launched a broadside against Vermont Sen. We believe that he is exceptionally competent and that adds to his extraordinary leadership.” Vander Plaats’ support is crucial for an Iowa caucus win; in the past he has endorsed both Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

Bernie Sanders for targeting the wrong enemy in his campaign. “Hillary understands the nature of the opposition, of their unremitting opposition to progress,” Brock said. “She knows who the enemy is. But if you look at 2010, what happened was the Republicans took advantage of the new law and Democrats did nothing, and you got the result you got in 2010. I think he doesn’t want to be labeled as Trump lite because that is not good,” said Sanders. “I think he tries to fight that image by saying he is serious about policy in a way that Trump isn’t. Supreme Court, which issued the Citizens United ruling], do some things through executive action like Hillary’s proposed doing and ultimately correct a system that we certainly don’t like, even though we’re participating in it. Whereas in my view, it wasn’t until about a dozen years ago where progressives and Democrats got serious about building long-term infrastructure to fight for their priorities and their values.

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