The opportunity to speak at the convention was a chance for the Trump camp to evaluate Cruz's willingness to stand firm as they consider positions they will potentially fill. Aren't there other possible reasons to suspect that the entire situation was planned?
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A response to that sort of attack is opportunity to raise the bar of public opinion and political behavior, or do the opposite. Not allowing personal feelings to interfere with taking that opportunity would up a candidate's position a notch or two.
What if Trump's statement about Cruz's father is True?
Brad: If it's true, then where is the evidence? What if it's not true? Then Trump is a liar.
Trump loves to make crap up. He talks on the fly - and that's part of his appeal, but what he says on the fly is often just ugly. He has no evidence the Cruz's father was associated with Oswald. If he does, I'll come back and admit Trump was right
I'm with Mike on this one. Those who malign Cruz have no idea what they're talking about---primarily because they do not realize the depth of a "Latin" man's respect for family and dignity. Trump owed Cruz an apology. He was lucky to have Cruz speak
Whoa this is dead wrong. In my hood we have plenty of Hispanic men head of households. They have higher percentage of domestic violence than our immigrants from around the globe. Machismo is the blamed reason. Bad stuff Cruz preaches.
Trump's comments about Carson, Cruz, & Judge Curiel were totally out of line and no excuse should be given for them. Trump needs to start producing proof prior to making statements, rather than making statement & saying someone should prove h
I agree. Trump's made up stories only leave more room for doubt about him, as a man, not to mention the Republican nominee. Our Party is better than that.
Oh I get now. When I hold my child to a higher standard than his peers we grow together. And excel. I think it is good to hold Trump to a higher standard than Hillary. He will rise to it and excel. Hillary has proven she cannot handle such and hides
Eric, domestic violence is ramant in all races and socio-economic groups. Your comment about Hispanics is insulting and reveals ignorance about the facts. Consider yourself flagged. If Trump believes as you do, I want nothing to do with him.
What the heck does "flagged" mean? I would venture you do not even speak Mexican Spanish. If at all Castillion. You clearly do not live next to the Border and have Mexican "illegal" buddies like we do around here. You sound Whitebread.
savvydating, I'm just curious. What does "flagged" mean? Who flags people?
Marlene, flagegged means to contact HP via the flag icon on the top of the page. Insults and hate rhetoric are not allowed by HP rules.
really savvy you endorse macho stuff like beating a wife because....
This notion of honor is wrongful and wicked. Cruz is a machismo idiot.
I hate you because you dissed my wife? Really? What does that teach my neighbor gang member?
OK, thank you savvydating. I was just trying to follow the thread and wondering what flagged meant.
Eric, I do not endorse that. You are way out of line and it is not the first time you have made wrong assumptions about me. You should quit speaking in this strange manner.
Savvy I am so sorry to have a different opinion than yours. And can you even imagine how rude of me to make that known to others? Wow I reckon that because you flagged me -- I should be fearful of exercising my right to free speech.
The possible strategies involved in the decision to invite Cruz to speak are a lot of food for thought!
If Hillary gets elected, then it becomes a moot point. But if she doesn't then who knows what Cruz will do by 2020?
Cruz's Queen is Dead. Game over. He couldn't even take out the other pieces like Rubio, and Jeb Bush. They will have a better chance in the next election if Trump loses. Kasich showed even worse than Cruz. Neither will survive the game.
The game will only become more interesting as strategies evolve.
Insightful observations are clues to be even more watchful, aren't they?
In seeing the usefulness of him now we can't help but wonder if the strengths might not be appealing to Trump in the future, especially if Cruz learns from mistakes. Those that don't learn from their mistakes are the ones who are most dangerous.
Yes, RTalloni, I do see Cruz's strengths, but I think his timing was all wrong. There is a time for everything and that time on the stage was not the time to be saying what he said. But, yes let's see if he learns from his mistakes.
Cruz was right to speak as he did. You do not insult all of Latin America and get away with it. Do some research. Trump has repeatedly insulted Hispanics and Mexican Americans. You cannot relate, but I do...as do many other decent people, MB.
Dear savvydating, a question was asked. I answered. I am entitled to my opinion as are you. I surely don't appreciate you inferring that I am not a decent person. Perhaps you should be "flagged."
Marlene, I was speaking in general terms. For more information on HP rules, you can go to the Help section. You will find a plethora of information there.
Interesting to watch, surely. One supposition is that Trump has learned some lessons from past mistakes and sees his need to choose people who will not cave to his forcefulness. Finding out who he can trust to stand up to him would be a smart move.
It really looked like Trump thought that Cruz was going to follow Ryan's example.
But like Hillary Clinton's criminal dismissal by FBI Comey the ending of the speech baffles the journey. The ending is not supported by start and middle.
Confusing, at best, but even that may have been strategy to test the waters of public opinion.