Interview with Ted Cruz at Values Voters Summit

posted at 12:00 pm on October 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Could Ted Cruz be the next Marco Rubio?  After a speech that wowed the Values Voters Summit on Friday, I sat down with the Republican hopeful in the US Senate race in Texas to talk about his primary fight, and the overall battle for conservatives in the nation. Cruz says that the Texas primary poses a very similar question to Republicans: will they vote for someone who has a track record of fighting for conservative values, or someone who’s supposedly “safe” as an establishment figure?

That message won unsurprising support and enthusiasm at this conference, but the Cruz-Rubio comparison goes a little deeper than that, as well. Both men have fathers who fled oppression in Cuba and who worked their way to success in America. Cruz looks to Rubio as well as other Republican newcomers to the Senate to change the nature of government, such as Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and the more senior Jim DeMint. Cruz explains in this video that his father’s question is what drives him in public life: “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”

That is a compelling question. Cruz hopes that will resonate with Texans in a cycle where it should be resonating throughout the nation.

I’ve interviewed Cruz twice before, once at CPAC last February, and in April 2010 at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Could Ted Cruz be the next Marco Rubio?

Cruz, Rubio, Cain…I thought the GOP was an anti-Hispanic rich White guys’ club?

itsnotaboutme on October 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Mmmmmmm, new day, new Cruz thread, yummy.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

very similar question to Republicans: will they vote for someone who has a track record of fighting for conservative values, or someone who’s supposedly “safe” as an establishment figure?

Does he have the same stance on illegals that Perry does that Rubio does? Well, then the answer is “Safe” because he’s no Conservative.

Marcus on October 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I like a lot of what Ted Cruz has to say. Not everything, I think we need an immigration moratorium, not be even more welcoming which I have a hard time understanding how we could possibly be.

However, we need to be careful with the whole identity politics issue – identity politics is not a conservative value, and it’s a game we cannot win with the democrat party. They made the rules, and get to cheat whenever they want to.

Hispandering has no place in the conservative movement.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Hispandering has no place in the conservative movement.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Sing it sister!

Neither is showcasing any republican that shows the racist narrative for what it is.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Neither is showcasing any republican that shows the racist narrative for what it is.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM

If the entire GOP turned minority overnight, the left will still play the race card. It’s a game we cannot win with the left – time we stopped playing.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

new Marco Rubio? Have we used up the old one yet?//

ted c on October 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

ted c on October 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Shhhh, he’s our secret weapon.

Cindy Munford on October 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I like a lot of what Ted Cruz has to say. Not everything, I think we need an immigration moratorium, not be even more welcoming which I have a hard time understanding how we could possibly be.

Right and this is the catch that nobody can stop cooing long enough to understand.

He wants more democrats in the country.

And we in the stupid party scream approval.

Pass.

rightwingyahooo on October 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Establishment is anyone who does not support you. That term is so recklessly thrown around that it is meaningless. Class resentment may be just as common in the right as among the DailyKos moonbats.

bayview on October 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Right and this is the catch that nobody can stop cooing long enough to understand.

rightwingyahooo on October 9, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I have a hard time thinking that pumping 150,000 legal immigrants a month into a country with 20%+ real unemployment, can possibly be a good idea.

Sometimes I think legal immigration is a religious belief on the right, as much as AGW is for the left.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Cruz also spoke at a private biannual get together of conservatives from across the nation, this weekend, and drew a standing ovation, as did Allen West at the same gathering.

Kermit on October 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I don’t mind the U.S. being a safe haven, but how about at least setting up a process that says you can run here but you still have to be lawfully processed. Jumping over the border and automatically being given every right of a citizen isn’t the way to do that.

Bishop on October 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I like a lot of what Ted Cruz has to say. Not everything, I think we need an immigration moratorium, not be even more welcoming which I have a hard time understanding how we could possibly be.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Very good, you may just be salvageable yet. Tell about this “like a lot” you mentioned. The only thing you had any detail about is what you don’t like.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Marco Rubio isn’t the next “Rubio” yet. He’s a first term Congress critter. He’s off to good start, but let’s let him get some years in office under his belt before we lionize him.

MJBrutus on October 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Does he have the same stance on illegals that Perry does that Rubio does? Well, then the answer is “Safe” because he’s no Conservative.

Marcus on October 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

What is Perry’s “stance on illegals”?

He can’t remove them from K-12. He can’t deport them.

If TX wants to give a kid a chance to slap down the money and become a mechanic at community college while on the path to permanent residency, TX can’t be conservative?

Perry is trying to make the best of a situation he only has partial control over. No, he doesn’t hate illegals’ kids with a burning passion.

If that’s his “stance”, I’m okay with it.

capitalist piglet on October 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

From rising star to dirty rino in one thread. Has to be a new HA record.

stefanite on October 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

From rising star to dirty rino in one thread. Has to be a new HA record.

stefanite on October 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Cruz is the new target for some folks. It went downhill even faster in the other Ted Cruz thread. Some of them are even Texas voters.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Cruz also spoke at a private biannual get together of conservatives from across the nation, this weekend, and drew a standing ovation, as did Allen West at the same gathering.

Kermit on October 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

He also won the North Texas Teapary’s straw poll by a considerable margin.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM

From rising star to dirty rino in one thread. Has to be a new HA record.

stefanite on October 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM

That is because a conservative in other states doesn’t mean the same thing in Texas.

in Texas Cruz is moderate.

Not that Cruz is a bad candidate, he is by far the best candidate in TX. But he is by no means a fire-breathing conservative.

tetriskid on October 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

If the entire GOP turned minority overnight, the left will still play the race card. It’s a game we cannot win with the left – time we stopped playing.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Why doesn’t someone make the case that the that the the Civil Rights Movement, which really began in the ’50s, was hijacked in the ’60s by the counterculture socialist movement.

The original 1950s Civil Rights movement had for it’s leaders Christian believing, godly men.

It was then taken-over in the 1960s by hardcore counterculture atheistic revolutionariess.

These revolutionaries succeeded in blurring the differences between the two movements so much, that now any attempt at overturning the liberal social-political changes from the ’60s AND ’70s (I think the worst changes were in the ’70s) is the moral equivalence of trying to re-impose ethnic segregation and prejudice.

I believe that fight can be won.

listens2glenn on October 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I don’t mind the U.S. being a safe haven, but how about at least setting up a process that says you can run here but you still have to be lawfully processed. Jumping over the border and automatically being given every right of a citizen isn’t the way to do that.

Bishop on October 9, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The bad outcome of the U.S. “wet foot-dry foot” policy as to Cubans is among the incentives for people from other nations to enter and remain in the U.S. illegally, ESPECIALLY when they make use of the words, “I’m Latino” or “I’m Hispanic”.

People in nations other than Cuba have long complained and competed with Cubans for what they perceive to be “the Cuban privilege” of entering the U.S. without announcement or foreplanning (without permission, therefore, illegally) but being able to remain here and be granted citizenship despite arriving “illegally” in the context of what other illegals do (Cubans can “arrive here” and be granted citizenship while others cannot, while among Hispanic/Latino majority populations, this fuels a competition of sorts or an envious effort to do as Cubans do).

The ethnic-supremacy assumptions by Latino/Hispanic populations as to our laws and our nation deeply offends me. Cubans may “flee” their Castro-disaster, but it’s their disaster to begin with and the sense of the idea that one “flees” only to try to remake where you land into the original you left escapes me.

Lourdes on October 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Not that Cruz is a bad candidate, he is by far the best candidate in TX. But he is by no means a fire-breathing conservative.

tetriskid on October 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Agreed.

Lourdes on October 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Does he have the same stance on illegals that Perry does that Rubio does? Well, then the answer is “Safe” because he’s no Conservative.

Marcus on October 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

What is Perry’s “stance on illegals”?

He can’t remove them from K-12. He can’t deport them.

If TX wants to give a kid a chance to slap down the money and become a mechanic at community college while on the path to permanent residency, TX can’t be conservative?

Perry is trying to make the best of a situation he only has partial control over. No, he doesn’t hate illegals’ kids with a burning passion.

If that’s his “stance”, I’m okay with it.

capitalist piglet on October 9, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I left off the sarc tag. Obviously I am voting Perry and laughing at the new Romney anti-immigration fans. Keep our schools pure, President Mittens! LOL!

Marcus on October 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I believe that fight can be won.

listens2glenn on October 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

My belief is that it’s a fight we don’t need to fight.

By sticking with and clearly explaining core conservative values, the left’s identity politics dogma simply falls apart. Conservatism simply works, regardless of what particular ethnic group you happen to be.

Playing their game, we will always lose, because not only did they make the rules, they get to cheat at will without consequence. If you need an example, just look how the left is treating Cain. Playing by the left’s rules, he is far more “authentically black” than 0bama could ever hope to be. But because he’s a conservative, they change the rules, and the MSM never calls them on it.

It’s a game we can never win, except by simply not playing it.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Not that Cruz is a bad candidate, he is by far the best candidate in TX. But he is by no means a fire-breathing conservative.

tetriskid on October 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Ha!, that’s good. Tell me oh wise one, in a year that portends to be the year of the righty, why is no one in this field even suggested to be to the right of a moderate?

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I left off the sarc tag. Obviously I am voting Perry and laughing at the new Romney anti-immigration fans. Keep our schools pure, President Mittens! LOL!

Marcus on October 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Having trouble keeping everybody straight – sorry. It’s incredible to me the confidence people have in Mitt Romney to be anyone other than Mitt Romney.

How would he be better than Perry on ANY issue?

Oy.

capitalist piglet on October 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Not that Cruz is a bad candidate, he is by far the best candidate in TX.
tetriskid on October 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Pretty much it’s “both the good news and the bad news” situation there.

whatcat on October 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

How would he be better than Perry on ANY issue?

Oy.

capitalist piglet on October 9, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Romney is more presentable to the American public, and the world.

Perry is just another illegal lovin’ bible thumpin’ racist RINO redneck hick from Texas.

And just how did another Cruz thread get turned into a Perry hate fest?

C’mon folks, this Perry hatin’ is why Cruz isn’t getting much traction. Dang that Perry, Cruz foiled again.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Pretty much it’s “both the good news and the bad news” situation there.

whatcat on October 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Says the Texas politics expert.

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

My belief is that it’s a fight we don’t need to fight

All I can do is disagree, and leave it at that.
But by means we should stick with and continue with explaining core conservative values.

It’s a game we can never win, except by simply not playing it.

Rebar on October 9, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Again, I disagree. But I’m not insisting that you or anyone else join with me to fight on that front.

And the battle of conservative ideology vs liberal ideology has many fronts.

listens2glenn on October 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

But by all means we should stick with and continue with explaining core conservative values.

listens2glenn on October 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Gotta improve on my proof reading.

listens2glenn on October 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Says the Texas politics expert.
cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 2:38 PM

HA peeps, a question: is the above guy/gal/whatever one of those usual, known trollers who have a retentive obsession with stalking anyone who’s smacked him around? Or is it more like the poor soul is having a bit of a “Lost Weekend” one-off going on?

whatcat on October 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

whatcat on October 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

The funny part of that is you may actually believe that.

Is Ted Cruz the 2012 Secret Weapon

cozmo on October 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Does he have the same stance on illegals that Perry does that Rubio does? Well, then the answer is “Safe” because he’s no Conservative.

I was at a debate with 7 of the candidates ( Dewhurst couldn’t be bothered to show up)
Cruz is against amnesty of any kind for illegals and is against the Dream Act.

RWGinger on October 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM