“With Ferguson, Rand Paul took a more libertarian approach — Ted Cruz is just giving lip-service to civil liberties,” said Wes Benedict, president of the Libertarian Party. “I think the press sometimes gives Sen. Cruz undue credit for leaning-libertarian, but I just don’t see it.”

Benedict added: “You’re not really libertarian when your gut reaction is to defend militarized police and say, ‘Let’s study this.'”…

“This is only one little window into their potential candidacies,” [Rick] Wilson said. “But it tells you that Cruz will give a more careful, more precise, more political response. Paul is seeking to define himself as a candidate willing to confront difficult and politically complex issues that are outside of the normal lanes of discourses within the Republican Party.”

Wilson paused before adding, “The Cruz statement is probably what would’ve come out of my keyboard. It’s measured, it’s steady — and it’s not particularly inflammatory in one direction or the other.”