2016 Election Politics

Over the Weekend: Conservatives Glenn Beck, Gary Bauer and Steve Strang Endorse Ted Cruz for President

Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz
Written by Onan Coca

 

It was a busy weekend for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who continues to fend off attacks from his fellow GOP presidential candidates, even as he tries to draw closer to frontrunner Donald Trump. Most of the recent polling data shows Trump continuing to build his lead, but Cruz hasn’t slowed down his campaign at all and has even seen an uptick in fundraising as more conservatives climb aboard his campaign. While Donald Trump continues to win the moderate GOP voters, Cruz is attempting to rally the conservative voting bloc to his cause.

With that in mind, the Cruz campaign rolled out a series of major endorsements over the weekend from a trio of conservatives.

First, on Friday, Christian Publisher and founder of Charisma magazine Steve Strang joined Team Cruz.

In an editorial in the print edition of Charisma Magazine, Strang said, “People are beginning to wake up. There is more concern and more prayer than I’ve seen in years. …Let’s coalesce around one candidate who shares our values and worldview and who can win – Senator Ted Cruz.”

Strang continued in an online op-ed: “Pastors and leaders, speak to your sphere of influence. Turn out for the primaries and caucuses and encourage others to do the same. The first is February 1 in Iowa. By mid-March, one of the candidates will have the momentum to go all the way. …To me this is not about Democrat or Republican. I’ve been registered in both parties. It’s about conservative and liberal policies that either line up with our understanding of God’s Word or oppose it with public policy.”

Glenn Beck and Ted Cruz“I enjoyed our interview and am grateful to have Steve’s endorsement,” said Cruz. “Steve is right, people of faith cannot afford to split their vote or their influence. Together, our voices our strong – voices for religious liberty, for Israel, for economic growth, and for our Constitution. People of faith continue to coalesce around our campaign, demonstrating that this cycle, their impact will be powerful.”

Steve Strang is the CEO and founder of Charisma magazine and an award-winning journalist and businessman. In 2005, he was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. Strang is also the founder and president of Charisma Media, which publishes a variety of Christian publications, including Spanish-language books under Casa Creacion. Charisma House, their book division, sells more than three million Christian books each year.

Then later that same day, the Cruz campaign announced the endorsement of another conservative Christian leader. Former Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family and President of the Family Research Council, Gary Bauer, announced that he too was endorsing Cruz for President.

“Today, with great pleasure, I am endorsing Ted Cruz for President,” Bauer said. “Ted Cruz is a courageous conservative who has built a consistent record on the issues that matter most. He has fought for religious liberty at home and abroad. He believes all of our children should be welcomed into the world and protected by the law. Ted knows that government is too big and that taxes and regulations are too high. He will rebuild our military strength and pursue a foreign policy that repairs our frayed alliances. Ted Cruz understands that Israel is our friend and that Iran is our enemy. He understands that border security is national security. Last, but certainly not least, Ted Cruz is committed to restoring the rule of law and repealing President Obama’s outrageous executive orders.“

Bauer continued, “Ted Cruz can be trusted to nominate judges who will respect their proper constitutional role and resist the temptation to legislate from the bench. He is the clear choice of Reagan conservatives.”

“I have the highest respect for Gary and his impact on American culture and political life,” said Cruz. “As Chairman of President Reagan’s Special Working Group on the Family, Gary brought national attention to the importance of marriage and the family. He has been highlighting the issues that matter and addressing them with courage and intelligence for decades, and our nation is stronger because of it. I am honored to have Gary’s backing on this campaign.”

However, the biggest Cruz endorsement of the weekend was unveiled on Saturday when popular talk radio and TV personality Glenn Beck appeared at Faith Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa with Senator Cruz to make a very special announcement.

“We need a new George Washington,” said Beck. “Today’s Washington will not be found in the garish light of gold, but rather, in the bold service of a man who stands tirelessly for what he deeply believes — that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is why I am endorsing Senator Ted Cruz as the next President of the United States of America.”

It seems clearer than ever, the political lines are crystalizing, conservatives must decide. Will you support a conservative, a populist, an establishmentarian, a moderate, or a liberal? This campaign has them all, and it’s become clearer than ever that the conservative candidate in the race is Ted Cruz.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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