Video: Yes, Ted Cruz just put out what looks like a presidential campaign ad

posted at 3:57 pm on March 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, you can thank Ben Howe for producing this. Is it a presidential campaign teaser? The last line, borrowing Obama’s campaign slogan from 2008, seems freighted with extra significance. I’d never seen something like this from Cruz before either. At first blush, I thought maybe it was his way of stealing a little thunder from Rand Paul’s overt presidential maneuvering lately. Here’s Cruz reminding conservatives that Rand won’t be the only game in town next year.

But after looking through his campaign YouTube account, I realize I’m wrong. Cruz has released at least two ads similar to this one since being elected to the Senate, one last October right after the shutdown ended and another a week before Christmas. Maybe this is just something that politicians with big followings, who may or may not run for national office soon, do now in the age of viral media. Every once in a while they’ll put an ad online for no specific reason beyond polishing their brand and giving their supporters something to share on Facebook and Twitter. Coke and Pepsi don’t advertise only when they’re planning to release a new product; advertising is a constant for major companies, and now that ads can be produced and disseminated cheaply, it’s probably a constant for savvy pols too. Or rather, will be a constant: I checked Elizabeth Warren’s campaign YouTube account, figuring that she’s the closest thing on the left to a Cruz analogue as a grassroots hero who recently joined the Senate, and found that it hasn’t been updated since she was elected. Maybe that’ll change — or maybe the fact that Cruz is doing this and she isn’t really is a sign of which of them is more serious about running for president. Hmmmm.


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Cruz has hit a home run with this ad.

The key excerpt from my earlier:

This shows that Ted Cruz has what it takes to really get us ALL fired up. He is the opposite of the issue skirting double talking diffident Romney. This man, the firebrand and debate champion, and Hispanic, is going to go all the way. Now is his opportunity. He shouldn’t think that he needs to sit around and wait until he gets older. It’s now that these unique circumstances have called him to the fore. Go with it…

Cruz will get us all fired up and all unified. Few others can do that, and lack of unity is our greatest danger (remember the “missing white vote” that Romney inspired). Cruz will unify us, and he will appeal strongly to independents that will like his certitude and intelligence and character.

And Bmore, lol on that pic!

anotherJoe on March 29, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Ted Cruz would be a good president. I don’t know how much he or anyone else could accomplish, but at this point any changeover in the Old Guard is welcome.

Another Libertarian on March 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

“I’m not 100% sure about Rand’s foreign policy, but it’s much more than that.”

This is the last bastion of the Republican Establishment’s failing attack on libertarian-type candidates. This false notion that libertarians are not strong on foreign policy because they do no support aggressive foreign warmaking. But in doing this, the Republican Establishment, dominated by people from the Bush era who never saw a war (opportunity) they didn’t like, expose themselves for what they are.

The Old Guard of the GOP is a bunch of special interest groups cobbled together to seize power, just like the Old Guard of the Democrat Party. Democrats want to dominate domestically, and Republicans want to own the rest of the world. This is a strange historical reversal in political trends; the nation building roles were switched sometime in the 1990′s.

If the GOP is going to emerge as a new, reinvigorated party, it is going to need a tidal wave of Ted Cruz’s and Rand Paul’s to sweep away the old detritus that remains of the 1990′s cabal in the GOP. They need to become the GNP, or they will become Whigs.

Another Libertarian on March 29, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Old fashioned patriotism. Let’s put it back in style!

Herb on March 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

He is the one we have been waiting for…God speed Ted!

trs on March 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Good ad. Specific and inspiring. Ted is developing a name as a man who will keep his word.

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Run-Ted-Run!

Pork-Chop on March 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I think Cruz is looking at running for POTUS..Just not 2016..But if he wants to try in 2016 I’m good with it..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I’d agree with that. Much as anything, he’s establishing a good name recognition.

I gave him my two votes [primary/general], I’ll give him more whatever he decides.

Willys on March 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Just an opinion, but I would prefer to not see a Senator or lawyer as President for quite a while. Maybe as a VP, maybe. Just seems that what we need is someone with vast executive experience, whether that’s from the Governor’s office or the private sector.

Lawyers bother me in that they are always lawyers. You must listen to every word they speak, then parse it fully to make sure of what they are saying. They have too much tendency to manipulate words and meanings (remember “all depends on what the meaning of is is”). Politicians are the same way, which I guess is why a lot of politicians are lawyers.

Regarding not a wanting Senator, they generally lack any executive experience. If they have come from the private sector, or high level state government beforehand, then I may rethink that. But if they have been a Senator for more than 12 years, I think we could do a lot better by not tapping that (cess)pool.

Just some general thoughts. Thanks.

CPRforAmerica on March 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I think Cruz is looking at running for POTUS..Just not 2016..But if he wants to try in 2016 I’m good with it..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

No, he’s running now. 50 years ago this was how it was done — slowly building name recognition and support systems through the traditional channels. But time moves differently now; technology in all its forms speeds up the relationship between events and response and the social absorption of change. Mickey Kaus calls it the “Faster Feiler” theorem. Besides, I think Cruz realizes America may not be around in 2020 if we don’t do something.

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

y’all are just fools if you think politicians are going to fix what politicians broke.

gryphon202 on March 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Needs a resume of achievement – not simply solid rhetorical positions.

jake-the-goose on March 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Perhaps you should review his resume, then – it’s clear that you’re unfamiliar with it.

Law clerk at USSC for Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Solicitor General for the State of Texas for five years.
Director of the Office of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission.
Associate Deputy Attorney General at DoJ.
Domestic Policy Advisor to GWB in 2000.
Adjunct Professor of Law at UT Austin, teaching US Supreme Court litigation.
Has presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court nine times, more than any other attorney in Texas, or any other sitting member of Congress.

There is much more, if you’re actually interested in seeing it…

Midas on March 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Needs a resume of achievement – not simply solid rhetorical positions.

jake-the-goose on March 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Give me a break.

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Needs a resume of achievement – not simply solid rhetorical positions.

jake-the-goose on March 28, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Give me a break.

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I tend to agree with Jake. We’ve seen what rhetoric without executive experience leads to. I like Cruz as much as the next conservative, but give me a conservative governor with a proven track record of results over a senator/congressman every time.

Excellent117 on March 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

You could be correct..I am not so sure..:)

Dire Straits on March 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I like Cruz as much as the next conservative, but give me a conservative governor with a proven track record of results over a senator/congressman every time.

Excellent117 on March 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I don’t disagree. Let’s just be clear what we mean by “achievement.” A “conservative governor with a proven track record of results is a fine thing” — a shame we didn’t observe such a standard last cycle when we nominated a moderate governor with a middling record of results. And this doesn’t always translate to the national level, where leadership takes on different contours and calls on different skills. According to this standard, Scott Walker is incontestably the best choice. He has taken on and defeated the Left in their stronghold and delivered on every promise he made. But is that enough? Can he lead nationally? Does he understand the larger issues or the threats to our national identity in the way that Cruz does? His comments on the 2nd Amendment raise doubts. Likewise his comments on amnesty. On the other hand, does Cruz’s lack of executive management experience matter? Can he operate a managerially competent administration?

rrpjr on March 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Keep in mind the RINO’s, the RNC, the Senate and House committees to re-elect will fight a Republican conservative to the death with claws, lies, money and back stabbing in the night. This as at the same time they worm their way into the gold filled pockets of the tax and spend commie Democrats in states and national governments.

They will spy, they will mis-state the facts, they will fund 6 or 7 vote splitters to keep Ted Cruz or any real conservative stand up person from getting the R nomination.

We have to put the infighting aside and join together now and forward behind one candidate.

They will put in Bush III, they are rebuilding Christi now, they will put money behind Paul knowing he can not win but they know he will split the conservative vote, in will come even Newt, in will come Scott Walker, in will come others of the RINO evil money cult.

If conservatives do not join behind one guy, then the U.S. is in for possible 20 to 30 years of e-mortal hell from over spending, debt, bad job creation, more taxes and loss of every thing dear to all good Americans.

The decision is ours not theirs but only time will tell now.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 29, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Scott Walker is a amnesty guy. Beware of the those who go along with Ted Kennedy, John McCain ideas and hopes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Your not in the first quarter of the game.

The ref’s (Supreme Court Judges) are on the other side against U.S..

They have a New York Yankee paid for bench of money cult players.

It is the 4th qt. it is 36 to 0 for the last 20 years.

Most of your cheering section has gone to the parking lots and are on the way home.

You have 4 or 5 quarterbacks you can send in to throw completions.

3 or 4 of them will thrown interceptions as paid under the table to.

Take off the rose colored glasses and get in the game yourselves as you have to.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Scott Walker is a amnesty guy. Beware of the those who go along with Ted Kennedy, John McCain ideas and hopes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Huge point. We don’t align with Ted Kennedy on this. Period. End of story. But why is it that all of sudden, after they had that open registration, there is just a boatload of walkerbots at HA?

anotherJoe on March 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Huge point. We don’t align with Ted Kennedy on this. Period. End of story. But why is it that all of sudden, after they had that open registration, there is just a boatload of walkerbots at HA?

anotherJoe on March 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I dunno, look back to november 2011 open registration if you need to know. Must make the establishment guy popular or beat down the competition any way possible.

astonerii on March 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I want Cruz and Rand to both stay in the Senate: we need senators, too. Run a governor and keep him in line with Congress.

PersonFromPorlock on March 30, 2014 at 5:45 PM

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