Let me just set the record straight here. I don’t really have a very serious doubt in my mind that as between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 94%, Cruz would be the better President. He’s shown time and time again that he has the temperament that the country needs right now, which is much more YOLO than go along to get along. The country does not need a President who will basically concede the budgetary process to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 50%, and there is a legitimate, well-grounded fear that Rubio would do so. There is, I think, also a case that Rubio’s foreign policy is a little too close to George W. Bush’s for comfort.
That is not to say that Rubio would not be a good President; on the contrary, I think he would be a great one. I think, in fact, that he would be the best President since at least Reagan. It’s just that I think the evidence is clear that if you actually favor smaller government, more liberty, and conservative values, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% has proven himself to be a better fighter for those causes.
The exchange, of course, is that Rubio likely presents a much better chance of winning against Hillary, without being a sellout a la McCain or Romney. That is not something that should be discarded lightly, as too many in the conservative movement are willing to do.