Ted Cruz: Let’s face it, Trump embodies “New York values”

posted at 4:01 pm on January 13, 2016 by Allahpundit

This broke last night but it slipped through the cracks amid the hubbub over the SOTU, Nikki Haley attacking Trump, and John Kerry reminding Iran that he still loves them no matter how much they humiliate American sailors. Don’t miss it, though, as it’s necessary prep for Thursday’s debate. I don’t want to raise expectations, but between this and yesterday’s shot at Trump for being an easier challenge for Democrats as nominee, we may see Ted Cruz rediscover his balls onstage if Trump comes after him tomorrow night over his eligibility.

“New York values” are a good thing, right, red-staters? Dynamic, cultured, financially savvy — what a nice compliment for Ted Cruz to pay to his good friend Donald.

“Well, look, I think he may shift in his new rallies to play ‘New York, New York’ because Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values,” Cruz said, referring to the famous Frank Sinatra song…

On Tuesday, however, Cruz twice appeared to take jabs at Trump, telling reporters earlier in the day that supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton were “eager to support Donald Trump and the attacks that are being tossed my direction.”

In the radio interview, Cruz reiterated this argument. In response to a clip of Clinton saying Trump was “a Democrat before he was a Republican,” Cruz said, “Well, I would say, Hillary would know well how to identify Democrats. She has been a partisan Democrat herself obviously and, uh, she and Donald know each other well and I do think it’s interesting that Hillary Clinton’s key supporters are doing everything they can to echo Donald’s attacks on me.”

He actually took a third shot at Trump yesterday, noting in an interview with Hugh Hewitt that he doesn’t get his foreign policy just from watching the Sunday shows. Nice.

In any previous year, a GOP candidate being accused of “New York values” in the primary would be a fatal blow. This year? Hmmmm:

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Cruz’s core message is that no one’s been bolder in standing up to the “Washington cartel” than him, yet when voters are asked whether “bold” describes each candidate, Trump nearly doubles him up. When asked whether each candidate tested is an “outsider,” Trump more than triples Cruz’s total. The Trump/Cruz war in Iowa seems to be almost a pure test of “strong” versus “conservative,” which explains why Cruz is showing off the “New York values” talking point here. Makes me wonder if he shouldn’t try focusing a bit on aspects of Trump’s weakness instead, like his willingness to make nice with the likes of the Clintons in the interest of navigating a cronyist political system. Trump is smart enough to attack Cruz’s strengths, accusing him of being pro-amnesty and essentially of being a foreigner in challenging his status as a natural-born citizen. Until Cruz attacks Trump’s image as a strongman, he’s not really repaying him in kind. You’re not going to end this guy by accusing him of not being a conservative. He’s a “conservative” on immigration. For many righties, that’s apparently enough.

Relatedly, we haven’t yet blogged this morning’s big Selzer poll of Iowa but here it is in case you missed it elsewhere. The good news for Cruz fans: He still leads Trump, 25/22, and the eligibility attacks haven’t penetrated much, with just 15 percent of likely voters saying it bothers them that he was born in Canada. The bad news: Cruz was at 31 percent in this same poll a month ago. He’s actually lost ground at a moment when Ben Carson should be disintegrating. (Carson is at 11 percent now, down two points from December.) I don’t know how to explain that, as his favorable rating is sky high — 76/19, the best in the field and more than 20 points better than Trump’s — and he’s far ahead when you combine the number of voters who have him as either their first or second choice with those who say they might conceivably vote for him. Cruz scores 89 percent on that metric; Trump is way back at 67 percent, just four points ahead of Rubio. If Selzer is right (and she usually is), Trump seems to have a hard ceiling in Iowa in the low 20s, which makes it hard to imagine how Cruz can lose. On the other hand:

Roughly a third of Trump’s supporters say this will be their first caucus, compared to 22 percent for Cruz, 25 percent for Rubio and 41 percent for Carson. Those numbers suggest Trump and Carson have a greater challenge in turning out their supporters because veteran caucus-goers tend to be more reliable.

Numbers of first-time caucus-goers can be the barometer for an upset, however. A month before the 2008 caucuses, which saw freshman Senator Barack Obama upset establishment favorite Hillary Clinton, 36 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers told the Iowa Poll they’d be attending for the first time. By caucus eve, that number had risen to 60 percent.

If a respected pollster is ever going to be wildly wrong in their turnout model, it’s with an X-factor candidate like Trump whose coalition is enthusiastic but hard to clearly define and therefore unpredictable. If Trump ended up edging Cruz with 35 percent on caucus night, would anyone be really, bolt-out-of-the-blue surprised?

Here’s Cruz’s on “New York values.” Exit quotation via Marco Rubio: “The bottom line is Ted is a natural born citizen. You can only be naturalized or natural-born, and he wasn’t naturalized. It’s a non-issue. If Donald [Trump] wants to spend his time talking about it, let him talk about it, but I’m going to focus on the future of this country.”


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Trump 34%
Cruz 28%
Carson 9%

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But…

Drudge linked:

Establishment warms to Cruz…

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

But intelligence does make one a libertarian.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Actually, that’s Cruz, with this crypto-anti-Semitic attack. “New York” values; well, we know what THAT means. What’s next, Cruz blaming unfair attacks on “New Yorkers” in the media?

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 5:30 PM

That’s ridiculous. Even for an All In Trump supporter.

New York Values?

Here are you New York Values:

William F. Boyland Jr.
Assemblyman, Brooklyn
Democrat

Convicted on bribery charges, including requesting $250,000 to pay his legal fees in a separate corruption case, and other federal crimes.

Nelson L. Castro
Assemblyman, the Bronx
Democrat

Pleaded guilty to perjury charges and to making false statements to law enforcement; secretly made recordings for the authorities.

Mike Cole
Assemblyman, Erie County
Republican

Censured after sleeping at the home of a female intern after a night of heavy drinking.

Pedro Espada Jr.
Senator, the Bronx
Democrat

Convicted of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from his nonprofit health care network.

Dennis H. Gabryszak
Assemblyman, Erie County
Democrat

Resigned after being accused of sexually harassing members of his staff.

Efraín González Jr.
Senator, the Bronx
Democrat

Pleaded guilty to using hundreds of thousands of dollars from nonprofit groups to pay for personal expenses.

Diane M. Gordon
Assemblywoman, Brooklyn
Democrat

Convicted of offering to help a developer acquire a parcel of city-owned land in exchange for building her a house in a gated community.

Alan G. Hevesi
State Comptroller
Democrat

Pleaded guilty to using state workers to chauffeur his wife; later pleaded guilty for his role in a sprawling corruption scandal involving the state pension fund.

Sam Hoyt
Assemblyman, Buffalo
Democrat

Banned from having interns in his office after having an affair with an intern.

Shirley L. Huntley
Senator, Queens
Democrat

Pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing state grants and in State Supreme Court to falsifying evidence; secretly made recordings for federal authorities.

Micah Z. Kellner
Assemblyman, Manhattan
Democrat

Sanctioned for sexually harassing members of his staff

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Joseph K,

Anti-semitism doesn’t make someone a fascist. Extreme nationalism, protectionism, and statism does.

TDSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

I will admit, given that anti-Semitism and flat out Jew-hatred is rife in the Libertarian movement, you’ve got a point.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

You want me to start listing Republicans from the South and Mid-West who have done the same things?

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 5:59 PM

More New York Values for Joseph K:

Carl Kruger
Senator, Brooklyn
Democrat

Pleaded guilty to corruption charges in a widespread bribery conspiracy case.

Vincent L. Leibell III
Senator, Putnam County
Republican

Pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and tax charges for telling a witness in an investigation against him to lie to the authorities.

Thomas W. Libous
Senator, Binghamton
Republican

Convicted of lying to F.B.I. agents who were investigating whether he used his office to help get a job for his son.

Vito J. Lopez
Assemblyman, Brooklyn
Democrat

Fined $330,000 by the Legislative Ethics Commission for sexually harassing members of his staff.

Brian M. McLaughlin
Assemblyman, Queens
Democrat

Pleaded guilty to racketeering charges; in various criminal schemes, took money from taxpayers, labor organizations, contractors and even a Little League program.

Hiram Monserrate
Senator, Queens
Democrat

Expelled from the Senate after being convicted of misdemeanor assault; later pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges for using city money to finance a failed political campaign.

Clarence Norman Jr.
Assemblyman, Brooklyn
Democrat

Convicted of extorting money from judicial candidates, among other crimes.

Kevin S. Parker
Senator, Brooklyn
Democrat

Convicted of two counts of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, for damaging a camera belonging to a photographer for The New York Post.

David A. Paterson
Governor
Democrat

Fined $62,125 for soliciting and accepting free Yankees tickets, and then lying under oath to cover up his actions.

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 5:59 PM

I’ve never met a libertarian anti-semite. Libertarianism advocates treating people as individuals, not as members of race groups.

Trumpist fascism, on the other hand relishes in dividing us up into groups with “group interests.”

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Joseph K, More New York Values:

Gabriela Rosa
Assemblywoman, Manhattan
Democrat

Entered into a sham marriage for immigration purposes; pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements, to federal immigration officials and in a bankruptcy proceeding.

John L. Sampson
Senator, Brooklyn
Democrat

Convicted of trying to thwart a federal investigation and making false statements.

Anthony S. Seminerio
Assemblyman, Queens
Democrat

Died in prison after pleading guilty to soliciting payments in return for political favors.

Sheldon Silver
Assembly Speaker
Democrat

Charged with using the power of his office in major schemes to obtain millions in bribes and kickbacks.

Dean G. Skelos
Senator, Long Island
Republican

Charged with extortion, fraud and bribe solicitation.

Ada L. Smith
Senator, Queens
Democrat

Convicted of throwing a cup of coffee in the face of an aide.

Malcolm A. Smith
Senator, Queens
Democrat

Convicted of federal corruption charges including bribery, wire fraud and extortion.

Nicholas A. Spano
Senator, Westchester County
Republican

Pleaded guilty to obstructing the I.R.S., admitting he filed false tax returns and concealed payments from a politically connected insurance brokerage.

Eliot Spitzer
Governor
Democrat

Resigned after patronizing prostitutes.

Eric A. Stevenson
Assemblyman, the Bronx
Democrat

Convicted of accepting more than $20,000 in bribes from developers of adult day care centers.


It’s all here.

Notice it’s all colors, sexes and all? Not just Jews as you tried to say?

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Cruz will end up being the establishment’s Trump basher.. The role fits him bc he’s a pro establishment poser at his core.

And he votes that way.

Trump’s gonna beat him anyway, so it wont matter.

rightwingyahooo on January 13, 2016 at 6:04 PM

“Listen, the Donald seems to be a little bit rattled.”

Reeeeally? Because it is THE DONALD who’s numbers have gone up in IA these last few days after he questioned Cruz’s eligibility… and in fact, the word “rattled” is the exact same one that Robert Costas used to describe CRUZ the other day on MTP — he said his insider sources told him. So… um, yeah. Trump is not the one “rattled” here.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2016 at 6:04 PM

If by “New York values” he means taking a million dollar loan and turning it into 10 billion, being the most conservative on immigration, being the most conservative on guns, being the most conservative on trade, being the most conservative on the military and vets, being the most conservative on global warming, then, give me MORE of these “New York values”, PLEASE!!

Cruz is desperate. He sees his IA lead slipping away ever since Trump mentioned he was born in Canada.

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Sam Hoyt
Assemblyman, Buffalo
Democrat

Banned from having interns in his office after having an affair with an intern.

Intern Control?

No background check?

Meremortal on January 13, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Notice it’s all colors, sexes and all? Not just Jews as you tried to say?

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:03 PM

Of course, you completely missed the point of what I said. Or, more precisely, what Ted Cruz said.

Jesse Jackson had a problem with “New York values” too.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:08 PM

20 days to go.

It only gets better from here.

May the best man win.

Meremortal on January 13, 2016 at 6:08 PM

Trump is planning on bringing the bulk of them back. Not much of a mass deportation so much as a mass amnesty.

Constitutionalist on January 13, 2016 at 4:10 PM

The bulk you say? Bulk is what, 90%, 80%, 51%

What percentage is “the bulk”

And link, please, to support the numbers behind your assertion.

Thanks in advance.

Chomsky Dance Recital on January 13, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Aslan’s Girl [email protected]_Girl 13m13 minutes ago Elgin, IL
Drudge: Establishment warms to Cruz
SEE? The GOPe prefers Cruz to TRUMP. They are scared of TRUMP. Cruz gave them TPP, Iran, he plays ball.

Yup.

Phyllis Schlafly: Trump Is ‘Last Hope For America’
http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/21/phyllis-schlafly-trump-is-last-hope-for-america/

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:09 PM

But intelligence does make one a libertarian.
TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

I will say that libertarianism (small “l”) is a sign of thinking insofar as it’s the antithesis of the prevailing school of thought in academia, pop culture, and the media as a whole. It’s not even that much dissimilar too conservatism as far as its philisophical roots of proper governance is concerned. But it is most definitely more attractive to the young, idealistic and generally less wisdom among us. Especially true in the capital “L” Libertarian case.

anuts on January 13, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Cruz is basically saying “my voters are so dumb that they don’t know that my wife worked at Goldman Sachs and that a NY hedge fund billionaire is bankrolling my campaign”.

Maybe it works in Iowa let’s see but it is a very dumb strategy for the big delegate states.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:12 PM

But intelligence does make one a libertarian.
TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Do you consider yourself the exception that proves the rule?

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Trump says Nikki is “not off to a good start” at becoming his VP pick.

Heh.

Meremortal on January 13, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Ted Cruz didn’t seem to have a problem with “New York values” when he was groveling for cash from the city’s movers and shakers:

Media reports about Sen. Ted Cruz’s whirlwind effort this week to court high-powered Jewish donors in New York have highlighted claims that the Texas Republican is “too conservative” to be elected president… “I don’t think I’m all that conservative,” he said. “And it’s interesting. Reagan never once beat his chest and said ‘I’m the most conservative guy who ever lived.’ Reagan said, ‘I’m defending commonsense principles.'”

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:14 PM

What makes Canadian values superior to New York values?

Chomsky Dance Recital on January 13, 2016 at 6:15 PM

funny, you never hear Dem Polls using “Nashville Values” or “Wichita Values” as an insult.

Why do conservatives so blatantly hate Americans so much?

everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Tom DeLay: Cruz Has Problem on Citizenship Issue

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that Ted Cruz might ultimately “end up in the courts” on the question of his citizenship and how it might affect his presidential campaign.

“I’ve had this problem ever since Cruz announced,” DeLay, the five-term Texas Republican who served from 2003 to 2005, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” in an interview. “There is a difference between the definition of natural born and naturalization — and it has not been settled by any branch of government.

Garyinaz66 on January 13, 2016 at 6:17 PM

funny, you never hear Dem Polls using “Nashville Values” or “Wichita Values” as an insult.

Why do conservatives so blatantly hate Americans so much?

everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 6:16 PM

So flyover country & trailer trash & Pennsyltucky aren’t the Dems favorite meme?

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Cruz is basically saying “my voters are so dumb that they don’t know that my wife worked at Goldman Sachs and that a NY hedge fund billionaire is bankrolling my campaign”.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:12 PM

A Free Republic comment on that:

Here are some inconvenient FACTS for Cruz supporters.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) met his wife, Heidi (Nelson), while working on the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000 [as a pro-immigration advisor! http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/ted-cruz-immigration-memo-216951
]. Heidi Cruz is currently head of the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and previously worked in the White House for Condoleezza Rice and in New York as an investment banker for J.P. Morgan. Wikipedia lists Heidi Cruz as an “investment banker and a historical member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Heidi Cruz was a member of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on the Future of North America, which was launched in October 2004. The Task Force advocates a greater economic and social integration between Canada, Mexico, and the United States as a North American region.

Comprised of a group of prominent business, political and academic leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Task Force was organized and sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. It was co-chaired by former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, John Manley, former Finance Minister of Mexico, Pedro Aspe, and former Governor of Massachusetts and Assistant U.S. Attorney General William F. Weld.

~
I know what some people will say: “Cruz isn’t his wife!” But the record is that Ted Cruz shares his wife’s globalist pro-immigration view, as was singing the praises of lax immigration when he worked for GW as a adviser on immigration policy in 1999: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/ted-cruz-immigration-memo-216951

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Tom DeLay: Cruz Has Problem on Citizenship Issue

Garyinaz66 on January 13, 2016 at 6:17 PM

LOLZ!

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:22 PM

funny, you never hear Dem Polls using “Nashville Values” or “Wichita Values” as an insult.
Why do conservatives so blatantly hate Americans so much?
everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 6:16 PM

A certain Democratic candidate not too long ago said rural Pennsylvannians “clinched to their Bible and guns.” This was the same candidate that wanted to “fundamentally transform” this country.

anuts on January 13, 2016 at 6:25 PM

But intelligence does make one a libertarian.

TDSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

OK, OK, not all of the Libertarian Red Guards are stupid, just narrow-minded and fanatical.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Cruz has canceled all fundraising from NY, saying that it conflicts with his Alberta values.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Donald Trump is a liberal.

AYNBLAND on January 13, 2016 at 6:33 PM

But intelligence does make one a libertarian.

TDSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

What’s poodle head’s excuse??

rik on January 13, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Cruz is basically saying “my voters are so dumb that they don’t know that my wife worked at Goldman Sachs and that a NY hedge fund billionaire is bankrolling my campaign”.

Maybe it works in Iowa let’s see but it is a very dumb strategy for the big delegate states.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Cruz is depending on his voters remaining ignorant and stupid about him.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Anuts,

“Conservatism” has recently lost its meaning, just as “liberalism” lost its meaning in the early 1900s.

Libertarianism is the only philosophy that consistently advocates for small government and individual rights.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

We have now reached the point where Cruz is an establishment GOPe guy and Trump is the true conservative?

Unbelievable.

Jack_Burton on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Cruz is depending on his voters remaining ignorant and stupid about him.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Get out of here with your Seattle/Portland values.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

OK, OK, not all of the Libertarian Red Guards are stupid, just narrow-minded and fanatical.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Funny for people “advocating liberty” to be so intolerant of any other belief system.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

funny, you never hear Dem Polls using “Nashville Values” or “Wichita Values” as an insult.

Why do conservatives so blatantly hate Americans so much?

everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 6:16 PM

You’re so right. Those cons are a bunch of “bitter clingers”

rik on January 13, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Garyinaz66 on January 13, 2016 at 6:17 PM

I always go to my exterminator first for legal opinions.

Cindy Munford on January 13, 2016 at 6:39 PM

We have now reached the point where Cruz is an establishment GOPe guy and Trump is the true conservative?

Unbelievable.

Jack_Burton on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Has anyone said that, ever?

How will Cruz win a general election when he insults everyone’s values?

FL is filled with NYers, you might not like NY but you are an idiot to insult a whole state if you’re trying to win a national election.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:40 PM

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:22 PM

And Ronald Reagan attended several gatherings at Bohemian Grove. So what?

bgibbs1000 on January 13, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Libertarianism is the only philosophy that consistently advocates for small government and individual rights.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

You want a large government, so they can get rid of everyone that disagrees with you.

RickB on January 13, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Get out of here with your Seattle/Portland values.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

How dare you impune the values of those who elected someone with the great intellect of Patty Murray or their hipster cousins!!

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Trump: “whoever I pick as VP is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration. We’ve had it with illegal immigration.”

From video here: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/01/trump-fires-back-after-gop-targets-him-in-sotu-response/

Trump in the same video calls Haley “very weak” on illegal immigration. So Haley is out of the question for VP. So is Rubio, Fiorina, Kasich, Christie etc.

And SO IS CRUZ.
Because Trump said “Cruz was for amnesty.”
And, arguably, Cruz is still considering amnesty as Cruz will let the illegals living here now stay and he said two months ago that he’s up for a “conservation” about what to do with them, and previously that conversation ALWAYS ended in legalization or citizenship:

Here is Cruz advocating amnesty as recently as November 20, 2015:

Ted Cruz Won’t Rule Out Legalization for 11 Million in U.S. Illegally:

http://time.com/4123317/ted-cruz-immigration-reform-amnesty/

But Cruz acknowledged that his own plan only calls for a national “conversation” about those remaining in the country illegally, and is short of specifics.

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Get out of here with your Seattle/Portland values.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Oregon has plenty of Values. Portland, not so much.

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Libertarianism is the only philosophy that consistently advocates for small government and individual rights.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Unless they disagree with you, then you will initiate a government jihad against them to kill them all.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Donald Trump has been using foreign workers instead of making America Great Again and using US workers!

Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.

Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved, the data show.

Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department.

The temporary work visa program through which Trump’s companies have sought the greatest numbers of workers, H-2B, brings in mostly workers from Mexico. Mexicans made up more than 80 percent of the 104,993 admissions to the United States on H-2B visas in 2013. The Trump companies have sought at least 850 H-2B visa workers.

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:44 PM

How dare you impune the values of those who elected someone with the great intellect of Patty Murray or their hipster cousins!!

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Whatever, all I’m saying is that your coffee-drinking, flannel wearing and Nirvana-listening Seattle values have no place here.

All that matters is Iowa values, that’s how you are going to win a national election.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Exit quotation via Marco Rubio:

Who has a vested interest in not talking about the qualifications for being a NBC since he’s ineligible too.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Funny for people “advocating liberty” to be so intolerant of any other belief system.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Look, at least with the Libertarians they will offer the re-education camp option first.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Cruz has canceled all fundraising from NY, saying that it conflicts with his Alberta values.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Interesting that it was behind the closed doors of NY fundraisers where Cruz said “traditional marriage will not be a top 3 priority of mine.” I surmise that Cruz also reassured them on immigration, though almost all the public statements from Cruz on immigration should give them reassurance enough: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/01/10/ted-cruz-rejects-trump-plan-for-mass-immigrant-roundup/

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:46 PM

Unless they disagree with you, then you will initiate a government jihad against them to kill them all.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Now that’s unfair. The plan is to sell all that government land out West to the Koch brothers, who will build work camps.

Arbeit Macht Frei!

They’ll hand out little red copies of Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, after the de-lousing.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Oregon has plenty of Values. Portland, not so much.
portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Do you represent Portland values?

That’s a famously liberal city, probably more so than NYC.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

I love how the Trumpettes claim that Cruz must be establishment when he attacks Trump but fail to see that it is Trump using the establishment and liberal talking points to attack Cruz! And it is the liberals and establishment who are backing Trumps attack on Cruz. Trump is a lying New York liberal elitist. If that is what you want, then go for it.

fight like a girl on January 13, 2016 at 6:49 PM

I surmise that Cruz also reassured them [donors] on immigration, though almost all the public statements from Cruz on immigration should give them reassurance enough: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/01/10/ted-cruz-rejects-trump-plan-for-mass-immigrant-roundup/

Oh, and this.

And this.

anotherJoe on January 13, 2016 at 6:51 PM

Whatever, all I’m saying is that your coffee-drinking, flannel wearing and Nirvana-listening Seattle values have no place here.

I don’t want to hear any more of your anti-regional Cruz propaganda BS! That is why I’m voting Karate Chop Kasich for President, to shut you losers up, because that’s not who we are as a party.

All that matters is Iowa values, that’s how you are going to win a national election.
Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:44 PM

I can admit that you’re right in at least one thing:

“As goes Iowa, so goes the nation.”

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Look, at least with the Libertarians they will offer the re-education camp option first.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:45 PM

True.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Now that’s unfair. The plan is to sell all that government land out West to the Koch brothers, who will build work camps.

Arbeit Macht Frei!

They’ll hand out little red copies of Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, after the de-lousing.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Sounds like a Libertarian paradise! (for the undesirables)

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:54 PM

It does mean that Trump doesn’t know much about rural life. His fortune is all about the biggest city in the country, and that has nothing to do with anyone outside of a city.

But how could Trump be worse than Hillary, he can’t. So if it is to be Trump, bring it. Not happy, but happier than with Hillary.

petunia on January 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM

I like ted but he is not ready, not near ready

rik on January 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

I don’t want to hear any more of your anti-regional Cruz propaganda BS! That is why I’m voting Karate Chop Kasich for President, to shut you losers up, because that’s not who we are as a party.

Glad to have you on board.

Redstone on January 13, 2016 at 6:57 PM

Trump: Illegal Alien today, leave the country, proceed to “Immigration” go through a new process, legal immigrant quickly.

captnjoe on January 13, 2016 at 4:43 PM

No, he didn’t say that. He said that we have to make them legal, because they do the jobs that American citizens don’t want to do. Interview with Dana Bash in July 2015. It is still online. Look it up.

Gelsomina on January 13, 2016 at 6:58 PM

By attacking NY like this, Cruz is conceding a win there. Meanwhile, Trump says he can WIN NY! I’d rather a fighter someone who gives up and rolls over.

Cuomo only won the City, the State did not vote for him. There is a glimmer of hope there. Trump could win NY. Reagan won it…

Aslans Girl on January 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

petunia on January 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM

What if Trump replaces Kennedy, RBG and Breyer with Cruz and a couple of Cruz’s buddies. Would that make you happy?

rik on January 13, 2016 at 7:02 PM

If you would have told me a year ago that at this stage in the election that many at this site would be saying Ted freakin Cruz was the establishment candidate and that they would be all in on the guy who was a Dem for most of the last 15 years, I would have laughed in your face, as would have 95% of the people at this site and I predict even a yuge majority of the current Trump supporters. Yet here we are. Amazing.

KMav on January 13, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Interview with Dana Bash in July 2015. It is still online. Look it up.

Insomnia on January 13, 2016 at 6:58 PM

OK:

Trump said Wednesday in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that as president he would deport all undocumented immigrants and then allow the “good ones” to reenter the country through an “expedited process” and live in the U.S. legally, though not as citizens.

But he was also unwavering in his insistence that many of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are positive additions to the country and should be allowed to live in the U.S. legally — of course, only after being expelled and then brought back in through Trump’s “expedited process” for legal status.

“We have to make sure they were exemplary, they were wonderful people when they were here. They worked hard, there was no problem,” he said. “We have to bring great people into this country. OK? And I want to bring — I love the idea of immigration. But it’s got to be legal immigration.”

Next.

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Trump: Illegal Alien today, leave the country, proceed to “Immigration” go through a new process, legal immigrant quickly.

captnjoe on January 13, 2016 at 4:43 PM

No, he didn’t say that.

Insomnia on January 13, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 7:21 PM

If Trump ended up edging Cruz with 35 percent on caucus night, would anyone be really, bolt-out-of-the-blue surprised?

No, but to change up the focus for a moment, is anyone else here, like me, getting a little tired of the way ALL media are so obsessively microanalyzing the election this time around?

UPNorthWolf on January 13, 2016 at 7:31 PM

No, he didn’t say that.

Insomnia on January 13, 2016 at 6:58 PM
Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 7:21 PM

You are afraid of watching the video. Again, look it up. And listen.

Gelsomina on January 13, 2016 at 7:32 PM

You are afraid of watching the video. Again, look it up. And listen.

Insomnia on January 13, 2016 at 7:32 PM

You silly little girl, do I strike you as being afraid of anything?

Joseph K on January 13, 2016 at 7:36 PM

You are afraid of watching the video. Again, look it up. And listen.

Gelsomina on January 13, 2016 at 7:32 PM

It sure sounds like he said it.
But don’t listen to what Trump says. It’s what he does you have to be afraid of.

libfreesMom on January 13, 2016 at 7:39 PM

You are afraid of watching the video. Again, look it up. And listen.

Gelsomina on January 13, 2016 at 7:32 PM

So is there some sooper sekrit signal being transmitted through the spaces between the frames of the video that brings you to your asinine conclusion?

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Oh noes — Trump is DEAD (again).

Y’all anti-Trumps are like Charlie Brown who keeps falling for Lucy with the football.

Dark Star on January 13, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Hey Rush and Levin, there goes Ted acting like a Leftist with New York identity politics.

and he is really acting like a Leftist by not revealing that loan from his wife’s company, Goldman Sachs. I know, just an oversight. But hasn’t he had a few of these financial oversights before. Another one down in Texas in a business partnership that he failed to disclose. I guess it just isn’t convenient to do so.

Nat George on January 13, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Funny for people “advocating liberty” to be so intolerant of any other belief system.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

If your belief system involves murdering people, you belong in jail. Sad that you disagree.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 8:28 PM

portlandon on January 13, 2016 at 5:56 PM

New York values: those fire fighters who wrote their SSNs on their arms with sharpies so their bodies could be ID’d before rushing in to the twin towers on 9/11.

Oh, and go eff yourself.

Dark Star on January 13, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Trump voted for Obama in 2008. New York value?

Check!!

Trump was a democrat until 2009. New York value?

Check!!

Cruz is right.

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2016 at 9:30 PM

We have now reached the point where Cruz is an establishment GOPe guy and Trump is the true conservative?

Unbelievable.

Jack_Burton on January 13, 2016 at 6:37 PM

the only thing unbelievable is that some people still think the majority of conservative voters actually care about conservative policy.

they don’t.

conservatism was long ago taken over by a simple Tough Guy Culture War marketing campaign. policy is irrelevant.

everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM

Ted Cruz: Let’s face it, Trump embodies “New York values”

Tell us, Senator, how much time you’ve spent with New Yorkers, across the state to determine “New York values,” because I’m clearly wanting to hear a Republican candidate for the nomination answer that question.

jersey taxpayer on January 13, 2016 at 10:21 PM

My belief system requires murdering people, I belong in jail.
TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 8:28 PM

Fixed it for you.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM

Dark Star on January 13, 2016 at 8:32 PM

Thanks, for never forgetting (odd to me it was only just over 14 years ago that most Americans agreed. Fifteen later, we’re nearly at each others’ throats, so-to-speak.

But, hey, thanks, 44, for the least-watched SOTU in US History — put THAT in your Lib-rary!

jersey taxpayer on January 13, 2016 at 10:33 PM

My belief system requires murdering people, I belong in jail.

NWConservative on January 13, 2016 at 10:32 PM

I know. That’s what you’ve been saying for months.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Trump voted for Obama in 2008. New York value?

Check!!

Trump was a democrat until 2009. New York value?

Check!!

Cruz is right.

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2016 at 9:30 PM

You lie — but that’s all you anti-Trumps can do.

Trump voted McCain in 2008 and has been a vocal Palin supporter ever since then.

Your boy Ted alienating himself from Northeasterners right before the N.H. primary — genius, I tell you, genius.

Cruz wants to increase issuance of H1B visas by 500% — “Conservative/Republican” value? Check.
Cruz voted for Obamatrade (then used political speak to pretend he didn’t) Conservative/Republican value? Check.
Cruz takes money from globalist pushing Goldman/Sachs and lies about it — Conservative/Republican value? Check

I’m happy to NOT have Conservative/Republican values then.

Dark Star on January 13, 2016 at 10:49 PM

So, are the voters of New York not suitable to Cruz? Is he conceding New York before a vote is cast? These are perilous words for a national candidate.

virgo on January 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

I know. That’s what you’ve been saying for months.

TBSchemer on January 13, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Then I guess we both aren’t getting what we want. Your still on the streets and Trump is going to win.

NWConservative on January 14, 2016 at 12:59 AM

conservatism was long ago taken over by a simple Tough Guy Culture War marketing campaign. policy is irrelevant.

everdiso on January 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM

You’re just whining because our policy is to expunge you and your ilk.

Your begging, boistering and nattering will avail you not.

Younggod on January 14, 2016 at 6:50 AM

So, are the voters of New York not suitable to Cruz? Is he conceding New York before a vote is cast? These are perilous words for a national candidate.

virgo on January 13, 2016 at 11:46 PM

Reminds me of Romney’s ‘47%’ or Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comment… What a stupid, unforced error.

Anti-ControI on January 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM

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