The race for Ted Cruz’s U.S. Senate seat keeps getting more and more heated as polls show Cruz in almost a dead heat with Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in three decades.
Last week it was reported that an activist group is raising money to place anti-Cruz billboards in the state quoting a 2016 Donald Trump tweet which claimed Cruz was “all talk, no action.”
Trump has now announced that he would be holding a “major rally” for Cruz in Texas next month.
Several recent polls have shown Cruz and O’Rourke in a dead heat, though the deep-red state has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in three decades.
In related news, possible 2020 presidential challenger Michael Avenatti says he will hold a competing “resistance rally” in Texas at the same time as the Cruz/Trump event.
I am excited to announce that I will be leading a large resistance rally in Texas at the exact same time of Trump’s (details tba). All groups are welcome to join. We must fight fire with fire and we must send a message that we will fight to make America America again. #Basta
• The first Quinnipiac University poll for this year’s race for Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat in the U.S. Senate is in a statistical dead heat with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), his Democratic challenger, only 3 points behind Cruz 47%/44%. O’Rourke has raised $6.7 million compared to Cruz’s $3.2 million in campaign donations.
• Lobbyists at the anti-LGBT organizations the Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council were secretly involved in drafting the Trump administration’s policy banning transgender military service members. And now those same folks are hopping mad because their communications have been subpoenaed which could reveal to the world their hateful statements.
• Fraternity brothers at a joint-hosted Phi Gamma Delta and Kappa Sigma Xi-Lambda off-campus party last Friday broke the leg of a gay man in an alleged homophobic attack. Watch the report below.
The Twitterverse is all “atwitter” about Republican Sen. Ted Cruz this morning as several intrepid readers noticed that the junior senator from Texas “Liked” a pornographic tweet.
While Cruz’s communications director issued a statement saying the “Like” had been deleted, there was no explanation as to why it appeared in the first place.
Let’s face it – the simple reason would be that Cruz saw the tweet and actually did like it.
It’s all quite funny especially in light of Cruz’s holier than thou religious statements in the past, as well as his involvement in a 2007 court case in Texas about banning the use of sex toys.
Acting as solicitor general for the state of Texas, he defended the state ban on so-called “marital aids” writing, “There is no substantive due process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”
That statement struck a lot of folks’ funny bones, particularly his former college roommate who apparently remembers Cruz enjoying some personal “stimulation” back in the day.
Ted Cruz thinks people don’t have a right to “stimulate their genitals.” I was his college roommate. This would be a new belief of his.
“This is not how I envisioned waking up this morning. There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button. And when we discovered the post, which I was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down. We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct.”
Writing on his Facebook page today, Sen. Ted Cruz – who came in second for the Republican presidential nomination – announced he will be voting for GOP candidate Donald Trump for president on November 8.
You’ll recall that Cruz has said in recent months that Trump is a “sniveling coward” and that he could never imagine see himself endorsing Trump.
Cruz cites possible Supreme Court nominations as his number one reason for endorsing the devil Trump.
This election is unlike any other in our nation’s history. Like many other voters, I have struggled to determine the right course of action in this general election.
In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”
After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.
Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.
You can read the full text at the link. But, you get the picture.
The timing is interesting in that recently the RNC and Trump have mentioned “sanctions” against future runs for the White House for any of this year’s GOP wanna-be’s who don’t support Trump.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to the endorsement by retweeting a post from Cruz this past spring urging Trump to release his tax returns.
Stealing the spotlight from Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, and son Eric Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse the Republican nominee as he spoke at this year’s Republican National Convention.
Cruz only mentioned Trump’s name once – to say “congratulations” – and then went on to deliver a self-serving speech clearly calculated to undercut his party’s nominee.
“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night,” the Texas senator said, addressing the Cleveland gathering on its third evening. “And like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”
And then Cruz, whose primary battle with Trump turned increasingly bitter when the billionaire businessman attacked Cruz’s wife and his father, pivoted to this: “Conventions are times of excitement. But given the events of the last few weeks, I hope you’ll allow me a moment to talk to you about what’s really at stake.”
When delegates from New York loudly urged Cruz from the convention floor to “say it” — referring to endorsing Trump — the Texas senator only responded: “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” Cruz then exited to loud booing from the crowd.
Speaking to the Texas Republican delegation this morning, Cruz explained he was not going to “come like a servile puppy dog and say, ‘thank you very much for maligning my wife and maligning my father.’”
In the aftermath of the debacle, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told CNN, “Trump made the offer to speak without any conditions. He thought Sen. Cruz might be a little more politically smart.” That doesn’t sound like The Donald is a very good deal maker, does it?
Afterwards, Trump tweeted that he knew ahead of time about Cruz’s intentions but “let him speak anyway.”
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn’t honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!
“Tonight, I’m sorry to say that path has been foreclosed,” Cruz said in a speech Tuesday night in Indianapolis, “but the voters chose another path.”
“We are suspending our campaign,” he added.
As Trump barreled toward the 1,237 delegates required to win, Cruz’s campaign in recent weeks resorted to increasingly desperate measures, mounting a last-ditch effort to win the Indiana primary, one of the only remaining primary states that gave Cruz a chance of winning. But Indiana turned out to be the final nail in the coffin — Trump won handily in the Hoosier State, including among social conservatives, a demographic that in theory favored Cruz.
To reinvigorate his campaign, Cruz last week named former presidential candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate, even though candidates typically do not name their running mate until they have amassed enough delegates for the nomination.
During an interview with “Fox & Friends” this morning, Donald Trump took some swings at opponent Ted Cruz which included parroting a recent National Enquirer article citing Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, linking him to President John F. Kennedy’s assassin.
This was, predictably, followed by Cruz responding to the accusation:
“This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies,” Cruz said at a press conference. “He lies — practically every word that comes out of his mouth.”
At various points, he called Trump a “narcissist” and “serial philanderer” and said “morality doesn’t exist” for him.
Cruz also responded at length to the Republican presidential frontrunner’s suggestion earlier in the day that Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
The Texas senator mocked Trump’s suggestions, going on a sarcastic riff to lump in Trump with famous conspiracy theorists.
“Yes, my dad killed JFK. He’s secretly Elvis. And Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard,” Cruz said.
And, of course, The Donald wasn’t about to let Cruz have the last word. Said Trump:
Ted Cruz is a desperate candidate trying to save his failing campaign. It is no surprise he has resorted to his usual tactics of over-the-top rhetoric that nobody believes.
Over the last week, I have watched Lyin’ Ted become more and more unhinged as he is unable to react under the pressure and stress of losing, in all cases by landslides, the last six primary elections — in fact, coming in last place in all but one of them.
Today’s ridiculous outburst only proves what I have been saying for a long time, that Ted Cruz does not have the temperament to be President of the United States.
File this under #InfightingIsFun
Needless to say, all eyes are on the primary in Indiana tonight as pundits and pols are watching to see if Trump can score a decisive victory in an attempt to shut out Cruz from any delegates.