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2016 Election Media Politics

Rush Limbaugh Argues that Cruz is the Closest thing to Reagan We’ve Ever Seen

Written by Onan Coca


Rush Limbaugh has been the most important voice in conservative politics for more than 20 years now, and while the Internet has changed the way most people get news, Rush continues to be the most sought-out opinion in the conservative world. One of the long-standing traditions from the Rush radio show has been not to endorse a candidate in the GOP primaries, but some now believe that Rush has tacitly endorsed someone in this campaign.

While Rush has been kind to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and deferential to businessman Donald Trump, he has spoken glowingly about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in recent weeks. In fact, earlier this week he doled out the highest praise for any candidate that I’ve ever heard when he opined that Ted Cruz was the closest thing to Ronald Reagan we’ve ever seen.

Partial transcript from Rush’s website:

Is Trump so good that Harry Reid or Pelosi, whoever it is, is gonna give up and give in and let Trump have what he wants? If you’re supporting Trump, that’s what you have to believe is gonna happen.  Trump is running a campaign.  One of the reasons Trump’s making news and he can’t avoid it is he’s so unorthodox.  Nobody’s ever run a campaign like this. Nobody’s gotten away with saying things he says, and nobody has ever won without ground game. Nobody has ever. He’s spending the least amount of money anybody out there, except for Ted Cruz. In New Hampshire, anyway. He’s just turning the whole system upside down.  And, believe me, the people that run this business hate this.  They don’t understand it.  It would be no different than if somebody who’s never watched a baseball game became president of a baseball team or won the World Series in the first year.  They would hate the guy.  They wouldn’t want to imitate him. They wouldn’t want to copycat. They’d want to throw him out of the league and make sure nobody ever heard from him again. You can’t imagine “in and win the World Series” if you have never worked in baseball.  And that’s the way they’re looking at Trump.   

cruz-trump1Now, about Cruz and his being self-sufficient.  There’s no question about that.  Here, let me just say something right off the bat.  And I’ve said this before.  I opened the program with it yesterday.  When I saw what Jeb and Kasich were doing in New Hampshire at the last minute in order to get votes… They were going left as fast as Deion Sanders can backpedal. They were moving left faster than anybody I’ve ever seen go left. And I opened the program yesterday saying, “You will never, ever have to worry about that with Ted Cruz.” And then I expanded on it.

And let me say one thing: If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz, because you are exactly right: This is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan.

In terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism, there’s nobody closer. But I think the electorate at this point in time… We don’t know, Brian.

If you look at Trump’s coalition, there’s a lot of assumptions being made about it, because he’s running as a Republican and in the Republican primary, and it’s assumed the Republican base is who’s voting here. Therefore, it’s assumed the majority of Trump’s coalition’s conservatives. And there are a lot.

But he’s broad. He’s all over the spectrum.

That’s high praise from Rush Limbaugh, and I agree with him 100% here. Ted Cruz is the most doctrinaire conservative candidate we’ve had a real chance at electing since Ronald Reagan. In fact, in the last 100 years, Cruz is among the best, serious contenders for the White House that we’ve seen – right up there with Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Calvin Coolidge. I just hope GOP voters realize what a gift they have in 2016 – the chance to elect a real conservative doesn’t come along very often, so let’s not blow this.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at 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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