Did you know that in Iowa Ted Cruz’s favorability rating among “Tea Party” voters a healthy 91% favorable to 6% unfavorable? He is as “Tea Party” as a candidate can get these days, and he’s using that knowledge to remind his core constituents of what is at stake in 2016. Cruz recently took to Facebook to outline a few of those core values:
The stakes in 2016 have never been higher. Our country is hanging in the balance.
If someone tells you they’re tea party, you can’t be tea party and at the same time have supported TARP.
You can’t be tea party and at the same time have supported Barack Obama’s stimulus.
You can’t be tea party and at the same time support the ethanol mandate because it’s good politics in Iowa and support the sugar subsidies because it’s good politics in Florida.
Anybody who was AWOL from the battle on the Gang of Eight has no standing as a candidate now to say they will enforce the border.
Why is candidate Cruz reminding people about these particular issues? Because it is in these short statements that we can find the weaknesses of his closest competitors in the primary field. Donald Trump is a fiscal liberal, Rubio is a liberal on illegal immigration, Christie and Kasich and Bush have all argued for “big government” solutions to some of our problems. All of these things immediately eliminate those candidates from being a “Tea Party” candidate, and Ted Cruz is reminding Tea Party voters of that fact.
In a stump speech in Iowa, Cruz also implored voters to remember that the GOP has made a practice of burning conservative voters over and over again.
“How many people here have been burned by politicians?” Cruz asked the crowd, hours after Cruz bashed Trump’s record as more liberal than conservative. “The stakes in 2016 have never been higher. Our country is hanging in the balance. So I’ve got a very simple question for the folks here: How do we not get burned again?”
Cruz then listed off seven fights he had led, describing each as a “time for choosing,” a reference to Ronald Reagan’s iconic 1964 speech: fighting for gun rights, traditional marriage, defunding Planned Parenthood, fighting against Obamacare, a nuclear Iran, “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants and government intervention for Wall Street and other favored industries.
Donald Trump supporters may not like the news that Cruz is continuing to ratchet up his attacks on the billionaire, but nothing Cruz has said thus far about the Trump has been wrong. Cruz has simply used Trump’s own words and record against him. How voters could get upset about this is beyond me.
You can see Mr. Trump’s record for yourself at On the Issues.
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