Ted Cruz, Texas Senator is not one to sit back on his laurels and wait for someone else to lead. He has been leading on significant issues in the Senate. When Cruz was asked if he was able to compromise, he said there is only one federal law that he would not compromise on and that was a ban on terrorists being able to travel to the U.S. as diplomats. That bill won approval in Congress.
Cruz did blame Democrat leadership in the Senate for not being able to accomplish much since he has been a senator. He believes that his five and a half years as the Texas solicitor general is a critical qualification for him to be president. Plus he was in front of the Supreme Court as the chief lawyer for the state of Texas. Cruz has supervised and led appeals for the state of Texas. The courthouse has 4,000 workers and over 700 lawyers which he led over the course of five and a half years. Texas led the nation under Ted Cruz’s leadership, defending conservative principles and winning.
Cruz does not want to be compared with President Obama. He has made it clear that he believes that he is more qualified to run the nation than Obama was when he ran for president. Charles Krauthammer said, “We already tried a first-term senator.” Cruz has to gain Republican support.
Cruz had his first Sunday-show appearance since he announced his candidacy. He was not prepared for the amount of skepticism he saw. Cruz stated, when compared to President Obama as a first-term senator, that he used his Senate experience differently than Obama, he led. The questions that challenged Cruz were not about his candidacy but about his qualifications. He was asked about temperament, experience and his true expectations of success. He has suffered the media in answering to his qualifications. Cruz had been told he has absolutely no chance at the nomination by many people in as many ways and very publicly.
Dana Bash on State of the Union Sunday, wanted to know how Cruz planned to succeed when he was not well-liked by both the political and Republican establishment. Cruz stated that on the hill there is an inverse relationship on The Hill between being appreciated and being liked but hated at home or reviled in D.C. and liked back home.
Polls reveal the reason for the skepticism. Four percent of possible Republican voters who will vote in the primaries said they will support Cruz in a CNN/ORC poll. Governor Jeb Bush has 16 percent of the Republican vote. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll said 38 percent of the Republicans are not even considering Cruz as a candidate.
However, Cruz has had some success. He set a $1 million fundraising goal for the week and raised double that by Thursday night. However, he still has the challenge of winning the trust of the Republican voters and donors so he will be a serious contender in this race. Cruz admits to being an uncompromising conservative who boasts his part in the 2013’s government shutdown and believes it to be a positive choice.
Sunday, Cruz was pushed concerning his thin record of bipartisan compromise while in the Senate. He talked about the bill he presented that would bar a proposed Iranian ambassador from coming into the United States. The bill passed 100-to-0 and was signed into law by the president. He was reminded that that bill was not controversial.
Then Cruz was asked how he would become liked enough and build enough relationships to get things done. He said that he has not retaliated against the other senators even though they have made attacks toward him. He said that he does not talk negatively about any senator whether Republican or Democrat and will remain that way.
By Jeanette Smith