Is Ted Cruz more of a jerk than an effective statesman? Why or why not? What is your opinion of him?
Cruz is apparently hated by many in his own Party. Is he a mere opportunist or is he a patriot? The words of Franklin Roosevelt come to mind: "They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred." There is no doubt that Cruz seems to think similarly. Can Cruz ever be truly effective as a statesman or is he too arrogant, as many of his peers believe? What is your take on Senator Ted Cruz?
I voted for Ted but....
Ted Cruz clearly established that he is not down for the Republican cause or conservatism for that matter when he alleged he was putting the "honor" of his father and his wife above the Republican Party and conservatism when neither of those ever disparaged his family.
He has a personal feud with Trump, I understand that and with respect to that I am on his side. But when he allowed that to interfere with what he says are his conservative principles and his patriotic desire to put America on the right path, forsaking all to exact a personal vendetta against Trump by not endorsing him at the risk of handing the election over to Hillary, supposedly his and America's arch nemesis, well, there is simply no other explanation for it than that he is only out for himself, not the country. When pundits surmise he did this solely as a gamble to enhance his creds if and when Trump fails, I really can't disagree, and that is a narcissistic calculation if ever there was one.
I would feel differently if he had expressed his misgivings about Trump but said that for the sake of the country we have no choice but to vote for him (and Pense) and that for the sake of the country he and everyone who cares about America should do anything they have to, even if you have to hold your nose while doing it, to jeep Hillary from destroying America.
He showed that above all he is for himself, not his so called convictions, just like every other politician we want to get rid of! I don't think he is any different than the rest of his elected "associates" who have driven America down the path it is on for 50 years now.
Of course, on the other hand there is this version of his speech:
http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/07/25/b … rnc-speech
I appreciate your explanation, Don't Taze Me. I have mixed emotions about Cruz. I didn't initially see Cruz's speech as a snub, but maybe that's just what it was. Notwithstanding, Cruz's speech was awesome. Thanks for your answer! Makes sense.
He said a lot of good things,words conservatives love to hear,& I must say he is good at tickling those ears but in the end,it's just words which lawyers are expert at using to sway a judge, a jury... a voter! His political career is over.
I wouldn't say that his political career is over; however, he seems not to have learned the art of compromise. It may be that Cruz is only out for Cruz.
Ted Cruz is a loser, and a sore loser at that. He couldn't even beat Trump so now he wants to do something against Trump, the republican party and the people.
Like Hillary Clinton he has no valid accomplishments to be president. And his actions of late mean that he can't be trusted, as his word is less than useless.
As president, the word is meaningful in negotiations with other countries and even congress. The people not so much because it hasn't mattered when several presidents have lied to them.
The same is true of Bernie Sanders as he rejects his supporters and leaves them in the lurch with Hillary.
The same is true of John Kasich and he couldn't even beat Cruz or Rubio.
So these candidates share the same criticism.
And we should take your opinion because????
Basically because mine is fact, and it can be verified.Also FDR won the presidency 3 times. Ted Cruz didn't even win the republican nomination. I don't know how you include Statesman for Cruz?
"Statesman" is over-the-top. You got me there. But betting on Trump is a huge gamble. Most gamblers lose. That being said, Hillary is no prize either. Both candidates are bad. Thus far, you have not provided any facts in Trump's favor.
WE KNOW Hillary is bad for America just based on the facts&even what she says she'll do = a third BO term.Trump?No one KNOWS whether he'll be a bad or a good President,if he does what he says he will do,America wins.We've no choice but him!
I know and I hear you, Yaze. But on a personal note, his misuse of Mexicsn immigrants bugs the hell out of me. He used cheap labor for his buildings and then had the gall to call them rapists. Big turn off.
Well look at it this way.Hillary is a serial murderer&Trump is a felon in prison convicted of a crime that repulses you but he has information that will put'r away forever if u let him testify.Do u cut hima deal&put him on the stand or not?
That's pretty much what it comes down to, unfortunately.
I had a negative impression of him until he stood before thousands of people at the RNC and did not endorse Trump. That took guts! I prefer him over Donald Trump but probably wouldn't vote for him either. Oh my, I sound like a politician!
Are you saying you'd vote for crooked Hillary for president? You'd vote for the Democrat, the party that boos at prayer and wanted reference to God taken out of their platform in 2012?
Taze, you are not being fair. Diane did not say that. She answered a question about Cruz. She was honest about her feelings. The Trump issue is another matter. I've no doubt that Diane wrestles with this election as much as I do.
Don't Taxe, you must be new to the discussions. I am neither Dem or Rep. I don't speak of them negatively though I disagree with them on most things. I'm currently pray with Billy Graham from a 40 day prayer book. There Bad stuff on both sides.
Sorry didn't mean to imply anything, just when you said you wouldn't vote for either Cruz or Trump, who is left? I guess you could just not vote at all or vote for third party but either is still a vote for Hillary, the scourge of the earth.
I am still praying for a ram in the bush. Hopefully, some scandal will come up to disqualify Trump. I'd have no problem voting for either of the veep nominees.
I do see a miniscule of Arrogance in Ted, but it is Miniscule. he has a way with Irony. I think because of his many different traits that He would be a very good Statesman. I also get the impression that beneath it all that he is a very caring individual.
Mr. Senator Ted Cruz is an absolute JERK! of the first order.
First, he pretends to be a Christian but espouses all views that are not biblical.
Second, he panders to only the white southern rich guys - with the money.
Third, he is dishonest and doesn't play fair, weasels in and out spots.
He took his Harvard education and has so far squandered it. He only wants to be in politics so he can learn how to pull another 'Trump'
Hopefully, people will continue to see thru him
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