Today is another very important primary day for the GOP. It’s the first primary where Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will face off with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump without another major candidate in the field (No, I don’t think John Kasich “counts”). Over the weekend two major conservative figures from two of Tuesday’s primary states came out to endorse Senator Cruz for President.
Conservative Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) from Arizona and Governor Gary Herbert (R-UT) from Utah both gave glowing endorsements of Senator Cruz in the hours before voting begins in their home states.
— Gary R. Herbert (@HerbertForUtah) March 21, 2016
“The 2016 election will be one of the most important of our time. The future of our country, our security, and our way of life hang in the balance. We need a president that understands the myriad of global security challenges we face from ISIS to Iranian aggression to Russian and Chinese expansionism. Our next president must recognize, embrace, and empower the many Americans who have been left behind while the Obama Administration focused on growing government by sacrificing the middle class. Our next president must be a warrior for smaller government, more freedom, opportunity for all Americans, and a conviction that life, no matter how nascent, must be protected and celebrated. Ted Cruz is such a warrior. He will fight to keep the American Dream alive, grow our economy for all Americans, and keep us safe here at home. I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States.”
These weren’t the only endorsements that the Cruz campaign announced in recent days. There were a couple of other important voices to speak out in favor of Cruz over the last week.
Former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX):
“Ted Cruz is a fearless leader and fighter for conservatives all over this country. He has consistently and unwaveringly fought to protect our God-given liberties his entire life. I believe he is the leader that America needs now, at a time when our freedoms are endangered. I intend to do everything in my power to help Ted Cruz broaden his political base, win the nomination, and be elected President of the United States. ”
Utah’s Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox (R-UT):
“I am supporting Ted Cruz for president because he is the strong, principled leader we need to help get our country back on track. Ted has unwaveringly fought for conservative principles time after time and as President he will do the same. I am asking all of my fellow Utah Republicans to join me, Senator Mike Lee and Mitt Romney in voting for Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”
Will the sudden surge of endorsements help to carry Cruz to the nomination? That remains to be seen. The one thing we can know for sure is that the next few months are sure to be a wild ride for the GOP.
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