Ted Cruz’s campaign: He hasn’t ruled out legal status for illegals

posted at 7:21 pm on March 27, 2015 by Allahpundit

I’m tempted to accuse Team Walker of feeding this bit of oppo to MSNBC to take some heat off of their own rolling clusterfark on immigration. But I’m sure author Benjy Sarlin, a smart guy who follows this issue for the network, hit on it himself. (Wouldn’t Walker’s team have leaked it to Fox to maximize Cruz’s embarrassment among conservatives?) To a lefty, the tangle of GOP primary politics on amnesty must be irresistible: Why is Scott Walker taking a beating on the right for supporting legalization when Ted Cruz, Mr. Conservative, also supported legalization in the form of work permits as recently as 2013? How can Ted Cruz be the “anti-amnesty” candidate in the field when his position — at least as of two years ago — is basically indistinguishable from Walker’s and (gasp) Jeb Bush’s?

Sarlin went to Team Cruz with a question. Does he still support work permits for illegals or, like Walker, has he shifted further to the right just in time for the GOP primaries? Answer: Yep, he’s still on the legalization express.

Asked by msnbc about where Cruz stands now on legalization, campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said that the senator has been “consistent” and confirmed that the views he expressed in the Tribune had not changed. While Frazier said Cruz believes a path to citizenship “flies in the face of the rule of law,” she declined to apply the same label when asked about legal status in the right circumstances.

“I think his main priority is dealing with the border security component and making sure that we know who is coming into the country and making sure that we have control over who is coming into the country and then we can deal with what to do with the people who are already here,” she said…

[Mark] Krikorian told msnbc Cruz’s position easily fits the bill [of amnesty].

“It’s the same thing: ‘I’m against amnesty, but amnesty doesn’t include giving people work permits,’” Krikorian said. “Really? The Obama didn’t give amnesty to all those people.”

That last bit is a fun new addition to the many Cruz/Obama comparisons floating around political media since Cruz’s campaign launch this week. It’s an amazing testament, though, to how deeply GOP pols fear the growing Latino demographic that even Ted Cruz — Ted Cruz — refuses to go whole hog in pandering to righties on this while otherwise running for president as the most complete, principled conservative since Ronald Reagan. Somehow, of the roughly 1,400 Republican candidates set to jump into the race this year, not a single one (that I know of) takes the Romney line that self-deportation is the solution to illegal immigration. The next time you hear a Democrat grumble that the party hasn’t “evolved” at all since its loss in 2012, remind them that work permits for illegals is now the baseline even for alleged “fire-breathers” like Ted Cruz.

All of this makes me wonder, in fact, whether Cruz is really eyeing the presidential nomination or the VP slot. If he’s thinking about the former, he might as well embrace self-deportation and be the total conservative dream figure that tea partiers want him to be. Banging the drum on that would distinguish him sharply from every other man in the field in the eyes of border hawks, of which there are many in the primary electorate. Sure, it would hurt him in the general election, but as a relative longshot for the nomination, he can’t worry about that now. Might as well go full metal conservative, try to win the primaries, and then let the chips fall where they may against Hillary. The fact that he resists dogmatic conservatism on this point (and really only this point) means he’s willing to trade a notable bit of extra right-wing cred for a little cred with moderates, something that doesn’t obviously benefit him in the primaries — as a presidential candidate. As a vice-presidential candidate, though, it benefits him a lot. Jeb Bush might balk at putting Cruz on the ticket if he’s running around talking up self-deportation; having him on record as pro-legalization, though, makes him more salable to the Latino voters that Jeb will be trying to impress. And of course righties will forgive Cruz his heresy on this point since he has fewer heresies than anyone else running. Is any tea partier going to be less excited about the thought of Ted Cruz being one heartbeat away just because he supports work permits? C’mon.


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I’ll stick with Cruz.

Bmore on March 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

After hearing Cruz’ response it is clear that MSNBC is not the only media source that has its knives out for the Senator-so do some at HOT Air’s front page.

redware on March 28, 2015 at 5:47 PM

redware on March 28, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Everyone must go thru the “vetting” process..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2015 at 5:50 PM

The Cruz campaign says this is MS-NBC bs:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/03/ted-cruz-disputes-msnbc-claim-he-supports-legalization-of-illegal-immigrants/

An excerpt:

Neither in the Texas Tribune nor at any other time has Senator Cruz ever said he supports legalization for undocumented workers currently residing in the United States.

Senator Cruz’s campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told us Cruz’s goal in the Gang of Eight amendment was three fold: to get Senators on the record showing where they stood on the issue, that it was a good faith effort to improve the bill, and to stop a pathway to citizenship. Frazier explained it was not intended to suggest support for legalization.

Cruz supports strengthening the border and fixing our legal immigration and interior enforcement systems before we deal with those who are here illegally,” Frazier said. “It’s premature to discuss what to do with those who are still here illegally until we have made these reforms. Indicating that there may be the potential for amnesty in the future, only encourages more illegal immigration.”

Yes, that’s the right poistion: deal with security and internal enforcement (attrition through enforcement) first, and THEN consider the issue of those that are here illegally. But most important, stop the continuing flood of new illegals coming here daily.

New Drudge links:

NEW WAVE: ‘Thousands’ of Unaccompanied Children Crossing Border…
——- ———–
Immigration population surges in Georgia…

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Yes, that’s the right poistion: deal with security and internal enforcement (attrition through enforcement) first, and THEN consider the issue of those that are here illegally. But most important, stop the continuing flood of new illegals coming here daily.

Wow what a novel concept. And as Bill OReilly told Governor Palin, ” I’m talking about the illegals here now. Now here. Not on the other side of the fence” and she stated they have to work and follow rules to remain here. Like they all say. Like every candidate so far has stated including Cruz. If he thought otherwise and favored mass deportation he’d say it.

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 6:27 PM

If he thought otherwise and favored mass deportation he’d say it.

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 6:27 PM

Agreed..No candidate is going to come out for mass deportations..:)

Dire Straits on March 28, 2015 at 6:36 PM

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 6:27 PM

So says Marcus, who is a huge Rubio fan and has said point of fact that he’s for amnesty and “open borders.”

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 6:41 PM

CRUZ 2016.

PappyD61 on March 28, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 6:27 PM

So says Marcus, who is a huge Rubio fan and has said point of fact that he’s for amnesty and “open borders.”

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Once again you and bluegill just attack personally because your chosen one, as I’ve stated before, isn’t some magical flying unicorn but just another horse in the barn. And you attack again with “amnesty” and “open borders” like the robots you are. When Ted isn’t sending anyone anywhere and calls “easing our current legal immigration” “the AMERICAN DREAM”. Like I said if you’re going to stick with your “throw em all out and don’t let anyone in” I’d find another unicorn and not a Canadian born candidate and son of a Cuban immigrant, because it just makes you look silly.

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Um, not true. I have not attacked you. I simply reported that your credibility on this issue is in doubt because you said that you are not only for amnesty but.. for “open borders.” What do you mean by that, open borders? Your comment:

You can’t figure it out? He’s used his Cuban born father as an example of why you have nothing to fear from him doing anything but “making our immigration process smoother” (open borders!) and “making the “illegal” legal” (amnesty!). It doesn’t bother me, of course, because I believe in both. But as I’ve stated before it won’t be long before those who think he’s some flying unicorn to see he’s just another horse in the barn. This is what debates are for, and why they will be lots of fun.

Marcus on March 10, 2015 at 12:15 AM

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM

Texas Senate Republicans step into Cruz-Dewhurst fight (UPDATE: Cruz’s response)
Posted on July 9, 2012 | By Peggy Fikac

When Cruz was running for the senate against David Dewhurst, one of his primary accusations regarding his opponent was that Dewhurst had said in a speech that he approved of giving work permits to illegals already in the nation.

This tactic cast Dewhurst as pro-amnesty in the debate and in the public perception.

Open Letter to David Dewhurst
July 9, 2012 By Ted Cruz

(Excerpt):

•It is a fact that in 2007, you stated that you supported a guest worker program “for those here today illegally” Dewhurst: Mr. South Texas Furthermore, after the Houston Chronicle confirmed this fact by providing a web link to the text of your speech on your taxpayer-funded website, that the text of your “Mr. South Texas” speech suddenly disappeared from the website.

(signed)

Sincerely,

Ted Cruz
Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

And, as Allahpundit linked in his post, on September 13, 2013, Cruz said he never intended for those in the nation illegally to be deported or to leave. He said he had “never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay.” and “The amendment I introduced removed the path to citizenship,but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight.”

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM

In Heated Debate, Dewhurst, Cruz Accuse Each Other of Lying, Misleading
by Katrina Trinko July 17, 2012 10:06 PM

Asked about his support for a guest worker program in a 2007 speech, Dewhurst responded, “I then and now would never support any, any changes to our immigration law until and unless our border is secure” on amnesty. Cruz accused Dewhurst of having supported a guest worker program for all illegal immigrants. Such a program, he said, would constitute “a much broader amnesty than Barack Obama’s” decision to essentially implement the DREAM Act.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Um, not true. I have not attacked you. I simply reported that your credibility on this issue is in doubt because you said that you are not only for amnesty but.. for “open borders.”

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM

I know, the “American Dream”. Me and Senator Cruz. In fact when he finally gives a big speech about being the son of our legal immigration process and how illegals here now deserve to work hard and achieve what he himself has achieved rather than be shipped home like cattle, because that it unAmerican, it will bring a tear to your eye.

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 8:07 PM

Like I said if you’re going to stick with your “throw em all out and don’t let anyone in” I’d find another unicorn and not a Canadian born candidate and son of a Cuban immigrant, because it just makes you look silly.
Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Why do Rubio and Walker apologists like Marcus conflate lawful immigrantion and illegal aliens? It’s disappointing to see that kind of thing here. You’d expect it at HuffPo or DailyKos. The willingness to make that comparison is quite revealing.

Newsflash, Marcus: Ted Cruz is American as anyone.

Walker and Rubio fans are getting desperate in their attacks on Cruz.

bluegill on March 28, 2015 at 9:39 PM

Like I said if you’re going to stick with your “throw em all out and don’t let anyone in” I’d find another unicorn and not a Canadian born candidate and son of a Cuban immigrant, because it just makes you look silly.
Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

This might surprise you, Marcus, but many sons of immigrants, immigrants themselves, including even Hispanic immigrants (yes, that’s right, Marcus), want immigration laws and standards enforced and are disgusted by the failure to stop the illegal alien invasion.

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/28593784/hispanic-activists-organizing-in-support-of-tougher-immigration-laws?config=H264

“I’m an American citizen and I believe in the rule of law,” Rivera said. “And being Hispanic, I should not be granted special privilege in avoiding the law. We need officers to have all the tools available to them to keep us safe. That includes asking the question, when you’re being detained for a crime or being arrested for an offense, ‘ are you here illegally? Are you a US citizen?’

For you to suggest that an American like Ted Cruz, or his law-abiding immigrant father, has less standing to fight against the illegal alien invasion shows a fair amount of ignorance.

I understand you have a history of cheerleading for Marco Rubio and Scott Walker on here, which is your right, but I don’t think you’re making your fellow establishment supporters looks very good by trying to blur the lines between legal and illegal immigration.

bluegill on March 28, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Friday in Nashua, NH at the Young America’s Foundation Conference, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a 2016 candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, laid out his vision to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Listing “three specific reforms,” Cruz said, “Number one, allow people to buy insurance across state lines.”

He continued, “Number two, we need to expand health saving accounts,” and he concluded with, “Number three, we need to de-link health insurance from employment.”

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/03/27/cruz-lays-out-his-obamacare-replacement-plan/

De-linking insurance from employment… is huge!

anotherJoe on March 28, 2015 at 10:15 PM

This might surprise you, Marcus, but many sons of immigrants, immigrants themselves, including even Hispanic immigrants (yes, that’s right, Marcus), want immigration laws and standards enforced and are disgusted by the failure to stop the illegal alien invasion.

Sure they do, Bluegill, and 90 percent of them want the illegal population to gain citizenship. Is that what we should do with them, after we secure the border? Let’s get cracking, immigration patriot!

Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Bluegill, can you state for that record that, like your candidate Ted Cruz, you support giving work permits to the 10 million+ illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, after we secure the border?

If not, how do you disagree with your candidate, and why?

Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

Newsflash, Marcus: Ted Cruz is American as anyone.

I’m very aware of that. “The American Dream” Senator Cruz called it. And he wishes to streamline the legal immigration process. I was attacked for “Open Borders” and it seems to me he’s sort of an “Open Borders” kinda guy too. I think he’s a good example and it’s incredulous to me some of his supporters see him as a “throw them all out” and “lock the door” kind of candidate.

Marcus on March 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM

The RINO’s and squishes at American Thinker had a few questions today for Senator Cruz on the immigration issue.

Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 11:45 PM

Here is Ted Cruz’s own position from his own press release published on his own website, circa 2013, showing full support for legalization without citizenship.

Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 11:48 PM

I’m very aware of that. “The American Dream” Senator Cruz called it. And he wishes to streamline the legal immigration process. I was attacked for “Open Borders” and it seems to me he’s sort of an “Open Borders” kinda guy too. I think he’s a good example and it’s incredulous to me some of his supporters see him as a “throw them all out” and “lock the door” kind of candidate.

You can disagree with him about how much to increase legal immigration if at all, and I do. But to call him an “Open Borders” guy is pure defamation done for nefarious purposes. He defends the rule of law not anarchy unlike the filthy liar Walker who once questioned the need for borders.

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 12:55 AM

The RINO’s and squishes at American Thinker had a few questions today for Senator Cruz on the immigration issue.

Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 11:45 PM

Those are good question. The problem is that there is nobody better running. We all have to deal with reality. I’ve come to the conclusion that he is better than Walker on this issue, and full legalization of any sort is somewhat less likely to pass under him than Walker and obviously Jeb Bush. If not him, than who? Just because you like Walker he is not the answer.

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 1:04 AM

Sure they do, Bluegill, and 90 percent of them want the illegal population to gain citizenship. Is that what we should do with them, after we secure the border? Let’s get cracking, immigration patriot!
Joseph K on March 28, 2015 at 10:43 PM

I don’t know if you’re dishonest or if you just misunderstood thr results you linked to, but that poll’s results say 77% of Hispanics support chance for citizenship after many conditions are met. It also says that a majority support tougher border security and immigration law enforcement. Other polling shows that immigration is among the least of Hispanics’ concerns, too.

I’ve spent the last two years bashing Cruz but if he keeps this up I’ll vote for him. This was an easy lay up for Walker and he blew it. Now I don’t believe him on immigration. Walker is making too many rookie mistakes for my taste.

Joseph K on March 8, 2015 at 4:48 PM

By your own admission, you have spent years “bashing” Cruz, because you say you like getting attention as a contrarian commenter on conservative sites. Whatever, knock yourself out. It’s not for me to judge how others get their jollies. At this point your over-the-top distortions and obsession with bashing Cruz have become a joke here.

Until [the GOP] is wiped from the face of the earth, I will vote for the people who overtly advocate what the GOP covertly advocates. Reverse Cloward-Piven.

In 2016, it’s Fake Indian [Elizabeth Warren] for me!

Joseph K on March 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

What you will not find is me putting on my knee pads … for Ted Cruz … whose wife is a North American Union shill for Goldman Sachs. I am also not fond of the Communist Sarah Palin. She ran Alaska like some tin pot Third World Socialist. She’s closer to Hugo Chavez than to the Founding Fathers.

Joseph K on December 14, 2014 at 5:02 P

Sharp analysis there. Ranks right up there with the laughable claim that Cruz is “for open borders.”

It bothers you and others that Cruz has been and continues to be an opponent of those who are pushing for amnesty. You’re only going to contine to be disappointed going forward, as you realize that your favored people (Warren (!) for Joseph and Marco for Marcus) can’t measure up to him.

bluegill on March 29, 2015 at 1:24 AM

If not him, than who? Just because you like Walker he is not the answer.
Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 1:04 AM

Joseph K has pledged his support to Elizabeth Warren, should she run. I kid you not. See quote in previous post. Tells you all you need to know.

bluegill on March 29, 2015 at 1:29 AM

You can disagree with him about how much to increase legal immigration if at all, and I do. But to call him an “Open Borders” guy is pure defamation done for nefarious purposes. He defends the rule of law not anarchy unlike the filthy liar Walker who once questioned the need for borders.
Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 12:55 AM

Well said.

All politicians should be vetted and should be held accountable for past statements and actions regarding important issues like this one. That is completely legitimate.

Unfortunately, what we’re seeing are attacks on conservative Cruz from establishment supporters and those who want to help actual pro-amnesty candidates like Rubio and others. They see Cruz as a threat and they want to try to diminish his standing, but they won’t be successful.

bluegill on March 29, 2015 at 1:48 AM

Unfortunately, what we’re seeing are attacks on conservative Cruz from establishment supporters and those who want to help actual pro-amnesty candidates like Rubio and others. They see Cruz as a threat and they want to try to diminish his standing, but they won’t be successful.

bluegill on March 29, 2015 at 1:48 AM

You seem to forget that I could easily vote for Cruz (I have, twice!) or Rubio or Walker or Jindal or Perry or Paul. I like them all! If hell freezes over I could go Christie but I will not vote Jeb. Yes, I prefer Walker as my 1st choice because we can’t vote “choose from any or all of the above.” Who are hilarious to me are you, Igor, and Joe who are such amnesty purists that you viciously attack anybody but Cruz to the point Scott Walker is “filthy” and Rush Limbaugh is a “RINO”, and have this hilarious notion that Cruz is going to close the country and deport all the illegals. And now that’s blowing up in your face because he’s intelligent enough to know he’ll be a laughing stock if he did, especially given he is the son of an immigrant and born in Canada!

Oh, BTW, on Saturday Pat Buchanan said Cruz won’t win, either.

Marcus on March 29, 2015 at 4:28 AM

If ignorance is bliss, this must be one happy place.

No “leak” was necessary. This has been Cruz’ position all along, and it is the most conservative reasonable one. There aren’t any candidates in the two dozen or so mentioned as possible entries who would not grant some legal status to illegals who haven’t broken other laws while here. Pat Buchanan isn’t running, of course.

~

There are no, “Round ’em all up and send ’em home” candidates because that is not a sensible policy. It wasn’t a viable idea when there were two million illegals, and now there are 12 million. If we don’t change the way we do things, it will be 20 million in a very few years.

Cruz and others draw the line at citizenship, for which there is already a “pathway,” but realize those here and behaving aren’t going anywhere. We should insist on the implementation of common sense enforcement measures, including border security, visa tracking, and e-Verify for employment, before any benefits are granted.

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I’m no fan of Cruz as a candidate, but that’s not because he’s wrong on any issues. It’s because he’s a grandstanding prima donna who hasn’t demonstrated leadership (hint: getting the rabid fringe to gobble up the red meat he tosses isn’t “leadership”).

Adjoran on March 29, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Marcus on March 29, 2015 at 4:28 AM

Marcus, let bluegill tell you who he/she was gung-ho for in the 2012 GOP primaries.

Let me give you a hint:

The fact is that Romney is winning the nomination, and it’s turning out to be anything but close. Voters want Romney because they know he’s the man to beat Obama. Romney will be an excellent president! Don’t try to claim credit for helping elect him after he goes down in history as one of the best presidents in modern history.

bluegill on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Now ask yourself why an erstwhile Romney supporter will be cheering Cruz while bashing Walker, who is the most likely candidate that can end Bush’s dreams. Why the vitriol? Can he/she and Igor not make the case for Cruz without trying to kneecap Walker?

I threw a bet that bluegill and Igor lay off Walker and bash Bush mercilessly for just one week. Guess what? They refused to do that. Understand why I call them secret Bush supporters?

TheRightMan on March 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM

I threw a bet that bluegill and Igor lay off Walker and bash Bush mercilessly for just one week. Guess what? They refused to do that. Understand why I call them secret Bush supporters?

TheRightMan on March 29, 2015 at 10:16 AM

You don’t seem to be listening. NOBODY who reads this site and whose handle isn’t “I_am_a_looney_lib” will vote for Jeb, but some of them will vote for Walker. Therefore Walker needs to be eliminated from contention, or rather Cruz needs to become the conservative frontrunner.

It’s not bad to put enormous pressure on Cruz to “evolve” his position. Perhaps we can get him to feel forced to commit to not legalize the invaders in his fist term or some other delaying tactic. He seems amenable to delays. The problem with Walker is that he WILL legalize the illegals, I have no doubt about that. So he is unacceptable just like Jeb. Got it?

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Good morning, Bluegill. Were you overly tired last night? You seem to have misread the poll I linked to:

I don’t know if you’re dishonest or if you just misunderstood thr results you linked to, but that poll’s results say 77% of Hispanics support chance for citizenship after many conditions are met.

bluegill on March 29, 2015 at 1:24 AM

That 77% number is the result if you add border enforcement to the mix (not “many conditions, as you put it):

Three in four Hispanic adults, 77%, support immigration reform which would include granting legal status to those who are already here and giving them a way, after a wait, to become citizens and tougher enforcement of the border to keep undocumented immigrants from coming into the U.S. illegally. Only 17% oppose.

Strip out the border enforcement requirement and the number, not surprisingly, rises:

• Nine in ten, 90%, support giving undocumented immigrants a way to become U.S. citizens. Two-thirds, 66% strongly support and only 8% oppose.

Hope to see your response after you’ve had your coffee.

Joseph K on March 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Ted Cruz’s campaign: He hasn’t ruled out legal status for illegals

Which is just one reason why real Conservatives should view Ted Cruz with a jaundiced eye. The man is pandering to his constituency in Texas and the Southwest. He has made his illegal bed, let him lie in it – all the way to another failed, squishy GOP candidate.
And by the by, his Evangelical schtick might fool some, but if I wanted a Rick Warren, Joel O’Steen or some other “mega-church” Protestant grifter as POTUS, I would have voted for The Huckster from ArKinSaw in the last primary.
Oh ya … What has Ted Cruz ever accomplished?
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

I’m no fan of Cruz as a candidate, but that’s not because he’s wrong on any issues. It’s because he’s a grandstanding prima donna who hasn’t demonstrated leadership (hint: getting the rabid fringe to gobble up the red meat he tosses isn’t “leadership”).

Adjoran on March 29, 2015 at 7:44 AM

^^ 100% ^^
So, what have you done for America lately, or ever, Senator Cruz? I mean besides taking advantage of our lax immigration and citizenship laws?
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Which is just one reason why real Conservatives should view Ted Cruz with a jaundiced eye. The man is pandering to his constituency in Texas and the Southwest. He has made his illegal bed, let him lie in it – all the way to another failed, squishy GOP candidate.
And by the by, his Evangelical schtick might fool some, but if I wanted a Rick Warren, Joel O’Steen or some other “mega-church” Protestant grifter as POTUS, I would have voted for The Huckster from ArKinSaw in the last primary.
Oh ya … What has Ted Cruz ever accomplished?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Ah, you talk so tough big guy, but who is better than Cruz? Jeff Sessions isn’t running.

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

So, what have you done for America lately, or ever, Senator Cruz? I mean besides taking advantage of our lax immigration and citizenship laws?
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM

What has he done? He publicly resisted the combined GOPe/Progressive steamroller. That’s better than anyone else running.

As for taking advantage of our laws, was it by letting his own father into the county before Cruz was born or by becoming a citizen upon his birth because his mother was one?

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Ah, you talk so tough big guy, but who is better than Cruz? Jeff Sessions isn’t running.

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

There isn’t one in case you haven’t noticed. All are a bunch of metrosexer wimps (Rand Paul may be the exception). I see that you conveniently ignored Cruz’s lack of accomplishments. Ya … You ruin, er, run with that.
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Perhaps it’s time for the immigration “fire-breathers” of the GOP base to recognize that this is a losing issue, as it should be, since only a small slice of the electorate adheres to it.

wbcoleman on March 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

There isn’t one in case you haven’t noticed. All are a bunch of metrosexer wimps (Rand Paul may be the exception). I see that you conveniently ignored Cruz’s lack of accomplishments. Ya … You ruin, er, run with that.
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Rand Paul, the open borders, full-blown Amnesty shill? That Rand Paul? With all of his enormous accomplishments otherwise? I stand corrected. I thought you didn’t like the illegal invasion. Sorry big guy, yeah, Paul is it!

Igor R. on March 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM

CapnObvious,

Who is this ‘we’ you’re talking about? People may talk big here but they don’t speak for those that have never heard of ‘HotAir’.

echobright on March 27, 2015 at 8:26 PM

We are registered republicans who vote in the primaries, and our polls are consistent on this issue, your dismissive attempt to be a condescending ass having no bearing on reality whatsoever.

CapnObvious on March 30, 2015 at 3:21 AM

I’ve been posting this here for over a year.

In his own words:

Ted Cruz on Immigation Reform at Texas TribuneFest 2013

thatsafactjack on March 27, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Thanks for the link. I’m not voting for anyone who will increase the H1B program. That puts me out of work. Can’t do it. I’ll stay home if they all support that garbage. I would be better off aligning with the unions.

cimbri on March 30, 2015 at 3:27 PM