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Sarah Palin in pants. The Republican Presidential clown car just got its first and by many measures most strange occupant. I am hoping the Herman Cain runs again.

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“I believe God isn’t done with America,” Cruz said.

I think He is hoping for better candidates, though.

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That is going to be fun to watch.

That said, someone getting on his knees and pray to a fairy in the sky when making decisions should be in the fun house, not the senate.

One can pray James Randi runs this time.

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"Ted Cruz Is The Michele Bachmann Of The Senate"

"Six weeks into his term, Cruz is earning the ire of his own party and building a national reputation as a complete obstructionist willing to use baseless accusations and conspiracy theories to justify his actions.

Remember, Ted Cruz thinks the U.N. is implementing an initiative called Agenda 21 to force us to live in hobbit homes.

If Ted Cruz were smart, he wouldn't be so crazy and divisive when representing a state steadily coming over to the Democrats – or harboring hopes of getting elected president. " - Ben Sherman, February 15, 2013

Texans already know their Canadian-American-Cuban espresso lite-tay Teddy. Jeb Bush got his punch dummy in Teddy C. ON to the ABSURD GOP-Tea blunder-fest ending 666 days ahead.

Young Mr. Cruz had this said of him from the same article cited above . . .

"Chuck Hagel is a veteran and the recipient of two Purple Hearts. Ted Cruz's claims are insane partisan trash, even for partisan trash. And they were also the tipping point; Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida called Cruz out for them. He said:

“I want to put on the record that this Senator feels like that Senator Cruz has gone over the line. He basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee – in your conclusions, which you are entitled to come to, about him, in essence, being cozy with Iran…[This is] taking it too far."

So, the American roulette wheel of world peace, stability and progress stands ready to drop the pill on this all too easy example of everything wrong with the Frankenstein Tea and anything they have to offer to any society since the Bronze Age.

When Teddy gets 'em clapp'in hands and whooping for their own destruction he will have found his base. Too bad for Teddy, the other 99% of Americans aren't interested in a religiously based concentration camp as a form of government.

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Although Senator Cruz has a lot of positives, I am concerned about putting someone who has never run a state or a major corporation into the Presidency.

It's true that Cruz has been described as "off-the-charts brilliant" by a liberal professor who taught him at Harvard Law, and that he was the first Hispanic to clerk for the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, and that he was an outstanding Solicitor General of Texas, but, if the last six years have taught us anything, surely we know that a nice legal/academic resume is far from adequate preparation to be the nation's chief executive

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Mr. Cruz is not eligible to become President of the United States of America (POTUS) as he was born in Canada.

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Quite a lot of good has come from religion in the US. The above comments bash religious stance but I see it as a reliable moral compass for elected politicians. Not 100% but I prefer it over atheism. As we can read above Athiests can be cruel and shallow....

Do many of you know much about Ted Cruz? Beside the blurps from conservatives. He is regarded as brilliant man and quite accomplished. Does he have a chance? I lean towards no but I recall the current POTUS came out of nowhere in '08'.

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Mr. Cruz is not eligible to become President of the United States of America (POTUS) as he was born in Canada.

I like Cruz a lot but his father is Cuban and was not an American citizen at the time of his son's birth, so there are definitely parallels to the Obama Natural Born Citizen problem.

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Seems he has lots of fans here among the JT libs/tards.

"I am concerned about putting someone who has never run a state or a major corporation into the Presidency." ... says a likely Obama supporter. Cognitive dissonance much?

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What a looney toon.

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This, this then. this is the Messiah? Teddy the Messiah?

Teddy Cruz Quotes:

“The Obama economy is a disaster, Obamacare is a train wreck, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy of leading from behind — the whole world is on fire,” Cruz recently told a crowd in Barrington, New Hampshire.

“The world is on fire?” asked a 3-year-old girl in the audience

“The world is on fire. Yes! Your world is on fire,” Cruz responded. “But you know what? Your mommy’s here and everyone’s here to make sure the world you grow up in is better.” (March 2015)

ref: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/ted-cruz-provocative-quotes-116304.html

What a wonderful man, Father Cruz, Messiah, President, Best Buddy. Buddy Cruz, President!

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"Seems he(Sen Cruz) has lots of fans here.

Quote TravelingSales: "I am concerned about putting someone who has never run a state or a major corporation into the Presidency." Add comment .. says a likely Obama supporter. Cognitive dissonance"

And he IS eligible as an actual US citizen. Like it, or lump it.

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He obviously scares the heck out of the left simply for being an Ivy League award winning debater. Politicians simply aren't supposed to be able to deliver a dazzling speech without a teleprompter and unabashedly talking about Christianity in public breaks every taboo in the book. Or being a stand up guy ready to do the job.for that matter.The parallels are seriously uncanny. Everything about Barack Obama that they said qualified him they are saying disqualifies Ted Cruz.

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@ Lizz ... Barack H Obama was born in the USA ... Rafael E Cruz was born in Canada. It doesn't matter that Obama's father was born in Kenya and that Cruz's father was born in Cuba!

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Ted Cruz: Master Debater

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Cruz's mother was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. That makes her a US CITIZEN and it makes him eligible.

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invoking his abiding faith in God as he effectively kick-started the 2016 presidential race.

Is he going to pray and ask God for solutions when the going gets tough?

By the way, show us your birth certificate.

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It's amusing that now the far-out-lefties have become birthers.

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What a huckster, he knows he can't win he's just exploiting the particularly unintelligent wing of conservatives. It's an embarassment on his voters that they haven't sent him packing by now especially since he caused the government shut down

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I like a guy who speaks in frightening metaphors to children. Shows a real sense of the appropriate that will no doubt serve him well dealing with international crises.

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"Cruz pilloried Obama’s health care law, vowed to abolish the IRS federal tax agency, and slammed the Democratic president’s bid to shield millions of immigrants from deportation” - article

Mr. Cruz doesn't like anything.

'It's all bad because I say so.'

Mr. Cruz, transparent petty dictator with a dash of Nero thrown in.

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It's time for someone to introduce a constitutional amendment permanently banning Texans from the US presidency.

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It doesn't matter that Obama's father was born in Kenya and that Cruz's father was born in Cuba!

Because it hasn't been tested in the courts but the Framers made the requirement of being a natural-born citizen for the purpose of insulating the presidency from those who may have an allegiance to a foreign nation whether that was citizenship through parents or by birth.

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"... after graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Harvard Law, Cruz was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review."

Well, obviously another Republican dummy. And some of us actually like the idea of the government shutting down. Of course, no single person can do that, but I suppose it's simpler to have one person to blame.

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I have never seen someone more accurately channel Joe McCarthy - like "Tailgunner Joe", Cruz attempts to tap into the dark side of politics; accusations, insinuations - using his talent to falsely label and categorize people, forcing them apart, rather than do what our elected leaders are supposed to do - unite and bring people together.

His use of religion and religious symbolism in our secular form of government should scare the wits out of everyone who believes in the constitutional separation of church and state..

He shouldn't be underestimated - he is a talented politician who will gather a small segment of populace who will fanatically follow him.

But one thing is very clear - he is a "divider", not a "uniter"...and shouldn't be let anywhere near the oval office........

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And once again, we have the left panicking again. The more the insults, the better the fear, the better and real they see THE threat.

"Cruz pilloried Obama’s health care law, vowed to abolish the IRS federal tax agency, and slammed the Democratic president’s bid to shield millions of immigrants from deportation” - article

Great, more power to him and if he's the nominee and wins the presidency-good for him!

Mr. Cruz doesn't like anything.

He doesn't like Obama failed policies

'It's all bad because I say so.'

Obama wants to make it mandatory that you vote, because he says so. He thinks that making a deal with Iran will make the Iranians come around, because "he" says so.

Mr. Cruz, transparent petty dictator with a dash of Nero thrown in.

If that's so, then Obama is definitely Henry the VIII.

I like Cruz a lot but his father is Cuban and was not an American citizen at the time of his son's birth, so there are definitely parallels to the Obama Natural Born Citizen problem.

His mother is American, a born national, therefore, he can become a US president.

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We already settled the foreign born citizen issue in 2008.

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Wait a minute - Cruz was born in Canada. I thought not being born outside the US was kind of a big thing for Tea Partiers?

Or that's just important when the President's dusky?

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I am a Tea Partier and I don't have an issue with supporting foreign born citizens for President. I even voted for one once.

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Gosh, I wish I could have been there. I would have been in the front row cheering the loudest. RUN TED RUN!

Ted is extremely bright, but make no mistake. He's not running for President of the US, he's running for President of Republicanstan. He's shown he's not afraid to create conflict within the party in order to boost his profile. I'm sure he knows he can't win a general election but he's going to be there setting traps for his fellow party members that will most likely pay off for Ted personally in the future. He's building his own little kingdom in the GOP and a failed Presidential bid is a golden opportunity for him.

As a Democrat, I'm hoping he stays in the race for as long as possible, at least until after the debates. He's going to pull every GOP candidate to the Right which will (hopefully) decrease potential votes from moderates in the Presidential election. Plus I'm assuming Rand Paul will get a slap or two in there which would be entertaining.

Finally, I just can't wait for him to take the national stage and roll out some of his policies, especially his Greatest Hits including, "Climate Change Ain't Real", "Net Neutrality is the Obamacare of the Internet", "Go Away Gay Marriage" and "Ship 'Em All Back to Mexico." That should set the GOP back with Millennials about 15 years.

Jeeze....come to think of it.....maybe I should volunteer for his campaign?

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“I am a very, very proud wacko bird”.....In control of estimated 4,650 nuclear warheads available for delivery by more than 800 ballistic missiles and aircraft. I feel a whole lot safer already.....

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To all.

He is elligible to run and become president.

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepresidentandcabinet/a/presrequire.htm

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And once again, we have the left panicking again.

Yes we are so afraid of a Ted Cruz canidacy please don't unleash the national politcal power of Ted on us. What a joke we arn't panicking we are embarassed for you.

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Finally, I just can't wait for him to take the national stage and roll out some of his policies, especially his Greatest Hits including, "Climate Change Ain't Real", "Net Neutrality is the Obamacare of the Internet", "Go Away Gay Marriage" and "Ship 'Em All Back to Mexico."

I'm still trying to figure out how anyone with an ounce of sense sees this smug dolt and sees "brilliance".

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Finally, I just can't wait for him to take the national stage and roll out some of his policies, especially his Greatest Hits including, "Climate Change Ain't Real",

This is why libs are horrible at governing. That put issues like Climate change as a HIGH priority over creating jobs and putting people to work.

"Net Neutrality is the Obamacare of the Internet",

I think that is just more liberal angst talking.

"Go Away Gay Marriage" and "Ship 'Em All Back to Mexico." That should set the GOP back with Millennials about 15 years.

Gay marriage again, IS NOT a top priority, nor should it be. As for Mexicans, there is NO way we can ship 12 million people back, but we can build a wall and stop the flow of illegal immigration once and for all.

Jeeze....come to think of it.....maybe I should volunteer for his campaign?

That would be a very big improvement.

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'The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell, as the site of the official unveiling of his White House ambitions.'

A very apt venue for a tea party soirée, The 'university' which teaches scientific nonsense and was founded by a religious bigot and nutcase.

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Not my choice for a GOP candidate, and his speech was full of "imagine" and "wishes" but what I want to hear is the "how" it will be done. WIth the approaching US tax deadline approaching (15 April), it is smart to say you will abolish the IRS, but it would be even smarter to have a plan ready to be presented on what you would do and how you will enact your policies. At least then the people would have time to disect it, and the smarter politician would be able to say that as he campaigned, he took inputs from the people and could adjust his policies enough to make them effective. I am not saying be everthing to everyone, but at least be able to say you have heard other comments to your policies, and you are willing to try to collaboarte on them.

Curz is the first of the "Promise Breakers" to line up for 2016. For those who are not aware, that's a play on the "Promise Keepers" an organization of Christian men who promise to uphold the faith and family. I like to call Cruz, Hillary, and all the rest of the candidates "Promise Breakers" since I doubt that they will keep any of the promises they are trying to sell us during this campaign.

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He's not running for President of the US, he's running for President of Republicanstan.

Good point, and he does have a strategy to win the nomination: It is to run against the "Republican establishment." A myth exists among frustrated GOPers that their party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections not because they are too conservative but because they don't have the "guts" to stand up for "traditional American values" (read: Tea Party craziness).

To give Ted his due, he certainly is no slouch in this area. The real wrench Ted is throwing into the GOP works is not policy - the GOP has moved so far to the right that what he stands for is, at least nominally, what they all stand for - but his trademark bombast and theatrics. Watching how the other GOP candidates will deal with this is certain to be most entertaining.

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'The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell, as the site of the official unveiling of his White House ambitions.'

So he's a Christian, so what? Obama is an Atheist. Again, what is your point?

A very apt venue for a tea party soirée, The 'university' which teaches scientific nonsense and was founded by a religious bigot and nutcase.

Cruz is not Falwell. If he pushes his faith and forces everyone to think and act as Christians, then I might have a bit of an issue, but there is nothing wrong with having a religious belief. Cracks me up, libs want to impose Atheism on EVERYONE, because they see it in their worldview as normal. Now I will submit it's a long shot for Cruz, but it's ok, he's young and has a lot of time to grow and improve on himself. But seriously, he could never be worse than Obama, at this point, NO one really can.

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And once again, we have the left panicking again.

What's there to panic about? It's Ted Cruz. If we're lucky, he'll win the Republican leadership. That would be the best thing for the democrats.

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What's there to panic about? It's Ted Cruz. If we're lucky, he'll win the Republican leadership. That would be the best thing for the democrats.

After 8 years of Obama and Hilary refusing to be transparent (although, laughably they claim to having THE most transparent admin. ever...yawn) if ANY Democrat gets elected in the next election cycle would be a miracle . It would take the next president a first term to undo the damage this joker has wrought upon the country.

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I predict that we will see a lot of hypocrisy exposed from Republicans who were so quick to go on for months about Obama, an American-born citizen, being able to become president, but will try to push the fact that Cruz is not American-born under the carpet.

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I predict that we will see a lot of hypocrisy exposed from Republicans who were so quick to go on for months about Obama, an American-born citizen, being able to become president, but will try to push the fact that Cruz is not American-born under the carpet.

And for the people that thought that, they were nuts. I always believed he is an American, having said that, I do believe he is a committed Socialist.

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'Cracks me up, libs want to impose Atheism on EVERYONE, because they see it in their worldview as normal. '

I was talking about Liberty 'university'. This place is a travesty of education by teaching junk science to religious halfwits. Do you remember the Republican who said the party should stop being the 'stupid' party? Candidates launching their campaigns at ridiculous places like this isn't what politicians in developed, modern societies should be doing.

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bass4funk: "And once again, we have the left panicking again. The more the insults, the better the fear, the better and real they see THE threat."

Hahaha... no one on the left is panicking, I can assure you. On the contrary, bass, it's you loosening your collar due to the accumulated sweat from trying to defend this guy. We WANT Cruz in there because it is a 100% guarantee the Dems will win. This is Cruz we're talking about!! A guy who last week spent a good deal of his time demanding legislation that DOES NOT EXIST be repealed, since he can't even check the facts! A guy that has spent a lot of his time demanding Obamacare be repealed when every single prediction of his about it has been proven dead wrong, including job creation, I might add, which brings me to your next point:

"This is why libs are horrible at governing. That put issues like Climate change as a HIGH priority over creating jobs and putting people to work."

More jobs have been created than in a LONG time, and certainly far more than under Obama's predecessor. You guys don't like that, and especially because all the GOP fear-mongering that Obamacare would take away jobs when in fact it's given them. Oops! Won't see that reported on Faux News (hence you aren't aware or admitting it).

I LOVE that there are huge calls from people US-wide for Cruz to show his birth-certificate, and for Republicans saying "Where he was born is no big deal" after the crap the birthers pulled with Obama. Serves them right!

And if you want to talk about panicking, bass, talk about your own beloved GOP -- they are now spending hundreds of thousands on adds attacking each other, with the new Freedom Caucus being attacked by pro-Boehner people, and them in return raising money to try and oust the speaker. Center-rightists are quaking at the Tea-Party candidates, and the TP candidates are insuring the party is fractured to the point where the GOP cannot possibly win in 2016.

So, no, we're not panicking, bass, we're laughing, and we'll be laughing for quite a few years to come.

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Better than some left-wing loony.

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'I do believe he ( Obama ) is a committed Socialist.'

I remember you telling us how the rich such as yourself have done well under Obama while others have been squeezed. New wealth has been redistributed to the rich, not the poor, for the last 30-odd years and this hasn't changed under Obama. Where is the socialism outside of the fevered imaginations of the Fox bobble-heads? As you told us, the rich have been doing quite nicely under this Chicago-style Hugo Chavez.

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Cruz asked Americans to imagine a lot of stuff. Booming economic growth, millions and millions of high-paying jobs being created, secure borders, ISIS defeated, Iran without nuclear weapons. If elected, he'll keep asking as he delivers the exact opposite on each and every one of those things. Well, maybe not on the secure borders. I'm sure some Texas company run by a pal of his or a pal of a pal (to avoid pesky ethics problems) will get a big, fat contract to build a Great Wall of Cruz from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. In Cruzmerica, you're free to imagine a lot of wonderful things. Things you'll never, ever have.

Well, unless you imagine putting women back in the kitchens and a painting of Jesus in every (privatized) homeroom at school. And making sure no one gets married you don't want getting married. And guaranteeing profits for the oligarchies while the rest of us go broke. Those things Republicans tend to put as "high priorities" while claiming they're all about jobs and the middle class.

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Quite a lot of good has come from religion in the US.

Mark G. -- let's assume that your statement is true. My problem is that the folks like Cruz have decided what God wants for America -- no immigration reform, no gun control, no universal health care, no abortion, no gay marriage, etc. Respectfully, where does he get off deciding what God favors? I am a Christian, and I don't believe the God I worships is that absolute. Care to enlighten us?

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I do believe he is a committed Socialist.

If that were true, it would have been good for the country.

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If that were true, it would have been good for the country.

Exactly. The economy has improved and unemployment has gone done since Obama came into office. All without support from the likes of Cruz.

So bass4funk, you either have to admit you're wrong about him being a Socialist or admit that Socialism works.

This is why libs are horrible at governing. That put issues like Climate change as a HIGH priority over creating jobs and putting people to work... Gay marriage again, IS NOT a top priority, nor should it be.

You're missing the point of all those quotes. It's less about top priorities and more about Cruz being on the wrong side of almost every issue. Some of those issues can be put down to personal beliefs and values, but unless you're a big corporation or Internet service provider, how can anyone support someone that's against net neutrality? It couldn't be more obvious who people like Cruz work for. But keep on hating Obama because he's a "socialist."

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"Joe McCarthy" Cruz's announcement he wants to be the next POTUS must have given Canadians a shock to find themselves denizens of the 51st state. LOL!

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Hahaha... no one on the left is panicking, I can assure you. On the contrary, bass, it's you loosening your collar due to the accumulated sweat from trying to defend this guy. We WANT Cruz in there because it is a 100% guarantee the Dems will win.

Sorry, Smith. I used to work at NBC and I have a lot of contacts and friends in L.A. and I know for a fact with what Hilary is doing, the Dems are seriously worried. You believe what you want, but the Dems want this to go away and they are pushing her to comply and so far, she is being her typical stubborn self and THAT my friend is her undoing and the Republicans have a lot of ammo to go after her on the debates and it won't be pretty, so the ball is in her court. The GOP welcome this and the Dems want her to give up and open up about everything.

This is Cruz we're talking about!! A guy who last week spent a good deal of his time demanding legislation that DOES NOT EXIST be repealed, since he can't even check the facts! A guy that has spent a lot of his time demanding Obamacare be repealed when every single prediction of his about it has been proven dead wrong, including job creation, I might add, which brings me to your next point:

Which he should.

More jobs have been created than in a LONG time, and certainly far more than under Obama's predecessor.

Really so then why are food stamps up in the country? Why up 47% for 37 months? 50 million! Why if jobs are so great that in Seattle they want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for low paying jobs, putting many restaurants out of business over half a million people across the city. If Obama created HIGHER paying jobs, people have more money to spend, which means more tax revenue, more growth, more employment and that's not what's happening, also why are Blacks suffering more under this president than any other president? Try again, Smith.

You guys don't like that, and especially because all the GOP fear-mongering that Obamacare would take away jobs when in fact it's given them. Oops! Won't see that reported on Faux News (hence you aren't aware or admitting it).

What jobs? In fact, Obamacare is more unpopular than every before.

I LOVE that there are huge calls from people US-wide for Cruz to show his birth-certificate, and for Republicans saying "Where he was born is no big deal" after the crap the birthers pulled with Obama. Serves them right!

As I said, it was stupid to think that about Obama, like him or not.

And if you want to talk about panicking, bass, talk about your own beloved GOP -- they are now spending hundreds of thousands on adds attacking each other, with the new Freedom Caucus being attacked by pro-Boehner people, and them in return raising money to try and oust the speaker.

That probably won't happen and diversity is good. So let me ask you, if Hilary falls through the cracks, who else do the Dems have??

Crickets?!

Center-rightists are quaking at the Tea-Party candidates, and the TP candidates are insuring the party is fractured to the point where the GOP cannot possibly win in 2016.

Well that's not true, the people that will decide the election are the MODERATES, please remember that and both are NOT happy with either party and especially with this president, it's a free for all and anyone that has a clear message and can get the country right on track will win the presidency.

So, no, we're not panicking, bass, we're laughing, and we'll be laughing for quite a few years to come.

Oh, Smith if that were even a bit remotely true.

I remember you telling us how the rich such as yourself have done well under Obama while others have been squeezed.

That is correct.

New wealth has been redistributed to the rich, not the poor, for the last 30-odd years and this hasn't changed under Obama.

Yes, it has and Obama and the Dems have imposed more taxes on everything, what do you think Obamacare is if people can't pay it, what do you think that penalty fee is? It is a hidden TAX.

Where is the socialism outside of the fevered imaginations of the Fox bobble-heads? As you told us, the rich have been doing quite nicely under this Chicago-style Hugo Chavez.

That's the sad thing, when Dems can't even see it, you know you have finally reached rock bottom. Again, 595 days until the madness of Obama comes to an end.

If that were true, it would have been good for the country.

What do you mean, of course it is, that's the reason why the country is now one big cluster...... When entitlements grow and expand and when unemployment grows, when you don't have HIGH paying jobs and food stamps grow, it means, you have a stagnant economy and I am talking about the workforce specifically.

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That's what America does: it pits an ultra-conservative, a.k.a., someone who wants to maintain the old white power structure, against a war monger and greasy politician, a.k.a., Jeb Bush; then it throws Hillary in the mix, a.k.a., a staunch zionist. Then the people end up voting for lung cancer, prostate cancer, or pancreatic cancer.

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who else do the Dems have??

Elizabeth Warren? I'd chose her over Hilary actually.

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I predict that we will see a lot of hypocrisy exposed from Republicans who were so quick to go on for months about Obama, an American-born citizen, being able to become president, but will try to push the fact that Cruz is not American-born under the carpet.

Republicans might have gone on for months when Obama wouldn't show his birth certificate but we know who controls the press now because the National Born Citizen clause has gotten more attention in the media in one day than the president's background has in 8 years. And if Cruz proves to be a serious contender it will no doubt eventually end up in the courts.

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'I remember you telling us how the rich such as yourself have done well under Obama while others have been squeezed.

That is correct.

New wealth has been redistributed to the rich, not the poor, for the last 30-odd years and this hasn't changed under Obama.

Yes, it has and Obama and the Dems have imposed more taxes on everything, what do you think Obamacare is if people can't pay it, what do you think that penalty fee is? It is a hidden TAX.'

Bass, coherent and lucid arguments have never been your trademark but this is a nadir. You agree that the rich have done well but argue the majority have seen their incomes squeezed by tax among other things. Do you define the rich pulling ever further clear of the majority who stagnate or go backwards socialism? The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.

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Elizabeth Warren? I'd chose her over Hilary actually.

Oh, I so wish the Dems would nominate her, That would be the end and that coffin on the Dems would be signed, sealed and delivered.

I predict that we will see a lot of hypocrisy exposed from Republicans who were so quick to go on for months about Obama, an American-born citizen, being able to become president, but will try to push the fact that Cruz is not American-born under the carpet.

Hey, now you know what it's like when you guys droned on about Bush on a daily basis, even after 6 years. As my dad would say, "suck it up!"

Republicans might have gone on for months when Obama wouldn't show his birth certificate but we know who controls the press

The Left.

coherent and lucid arguments have never been your trademark but this is a nadir.

Yeah, I hear libs say that all the time, when they have nothing to bring to a debate. Keep hurling, Jim.

You agree that the rich have done well but argue the majority have seen their incomes squeezed by tax among other things.

I am talking about the top 5% to 1%

Do you define the rich pulling ever further clear of the majority who stagnate or go backwards socialism?

Under this socialist President, Yes. Meaning, this president is keeping the middle-class down for sure.

The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.

We are not living in the 60s and 70s where gasoline was a buck! Geez, talk about incoherent argument.

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Hillary Clinton would like nothing more than a Cruz Republican nomination, but I think when the dust has settled, yet another Bush-family contender is an absolute shoo-in. Due to the changing demographics of US voters, a right-wing conservative has absolutely no chance of becoming POTUS and the Republican honchos know it. Cruz announced his campaign at an Evangelical university that denies Darwin’s theory of evolution and teaches that the world is only 6,000 years old. His father has let it be known that he believes the theory of evolution (and gay marriage!) is a communist plot. A presidential candidate cannot possibly survive those kinds of associations.

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'Do you define the rich pulling ever further clear of the majority who stagnate or go backwards socialism?

Under this socialist President, Yes. Meaning, this president is keeping the middle-class down for sure.'

So, socialism means letting the rich keep more of their money while keeping the middle class down. Interesting.

'The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.

We are not living in the 60s and 70s where gasoline was a buck! Geez, talk about incoherent argument.'

I see. What percentage of your income the government takes is dependent on the cost of fuel. Why have the taxes for the very rich fallen much more sharply than everyone else over the last 30-odd years? Do only the rich pay more for rising fuel costs? Are you also going to bring in the inflation red herring? Doesn't inflation affect everyone?

I truly recommend a study of what socialism means. The US right throw it around like calling kids 'fatty' in the playground or to rile up the slack-jaws who reach for the well-polished shotgun above the fireplace when they hear it but this isn't a Fox audience or a Ted Cruz prayin' get together here. Use words correctly.

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We are not living in the 60s and 70s where gasoline was a buck! Geez, talk about incoherent argument.

According to a reliable inflation calculator, what cost $1 in 1965 would cost $7.41 in 2014. The present average gas price in the US is around $2.30 a gallon.

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Wow! Nearly 60 comments on JT on a story about U.S. domestic politics. Who would have thunk it?

As each candidate on the Republican side formally announces their candidacy in the coming weeks, along with the only likely Democratic candidate at this point, and as JT runs articles on their announcements, undoubtedly this discussion will be repeated again and again.

For my part, staying away from the U.S. political side of it, I would like to note one thing. What IS amazing to me is that a U.S. citizen with one parent who is a foreign national can run for and be elected to a federal office, such as Congress or President, whether it be Obama or Cruz. That is what makes the U.S. what it is and something that I would think should be celebrated, even if one disagrees with the politics/ideology of the individual in question.

I think about that in the context of the recent discussion around Miss Universe Japan having one non-Japanese parent. It is an interesting contrast between two countries with very different cultures and values.

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What hypocrites the tea party are! This guy is from Canada! I guess in their narrow mindedness that's better than Kenya, eh?

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Liberty has to be a bastion of Christian conservative thought and activism. Oh, and it's located in maybe the most crucial Presidential election swing state, Virginia. That is a messaging jackpot. Whether you support him or not, he's someone that has the courage and the conviction, he'll call the system to account. And that provides those of us that are doing the vetting some moral clarity we don't get an opportunity to have very often. With Ted Cruz in the race, you're going to find out where everybody really stands.

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It's already thousands of years ago that Socrates pointed how vulnerable democracy is, criticizing sophists or pundits. And even thousands of years didn't change it. Evolution theory? Technologies can be developed and there have always been being clever people around, indeed, but how about wisdom, at least, enough to patch up the innate vulnerability?

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Let the smearfest begin. The American democrat-biased mainstream media will scour every microscopic part of this guys history to find anything they can use to discredit him.... going into overdrive to do the due dilligence which they refuse to do for democrat candidates in general and the current potus in particular.

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The American democrat-biased mainstream media will scour every microscopic part of this guys history to find anything they can use to discredit him

They won't have to. Cruz has already discredited himself by his self-serving, destructive political tactics and loony policy stances. Even the establishment GOP can't stand this obnoxious person.

Cruz knows he's not gonna win. It's obvious. He's doing it for his constituents in Texas.

The first to hop in the 2016 clown car. Who's the next 'intelligent' GOP candidate to step up? Ben Carson? Bobby Jindall?

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Let the smearfest begin. The American democrat-biased mainstream media will scour every microscopic part of this guys history to find anything they can use to discredit him

Lol! I'm afraid his own mouth discredits him, all the media have to do is report what he says! BTW, have you ever wondered why the "mainstream media" is "democrat-biased"?

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'The first to hop in the 2016 clown car. Who's the next 'intelligent' GOP candidate to step up? Ben Carson? Bobby Jindall?'

It all makes for good fun at the GOP candidate debates and he could add many wtf moments. I remember one observer described the last one as a stage full of 'bobble-headed giggle twits' and 'cross-eyed hot dog salesmen'. Seeing as Ted Cruz opened his campaign such a bastion of academia and unfettered scientific enquiry, his answer an evolution question could be a classic.

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ultra conservative religious I can't think of anything worse.

People are free to believe what they want.. but when they are representing a nation starting from a point of blind bias towards preformed and unsubstantiated positions its dangerous.

This anti-gay, climate change denying, pro gun, probably thinks the earth is 6000yrs old is the last thing anyone needs.

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Tea Party's Ted Cruz launches White House bid

Democrats are so certain that their gal is a shoe in that they are underestimating Cruz and the rest of the Republicans.

If the last election didn't wake you up to what is to come then you are truly blinded by your beliefs. The American people are fed up with the PC leftist and the administrations kowtowing to Iran and other radicals groups.

2016 will be a shock for the left because the next President will have an R behind his name and a majority control of both Houses. Hell, the next President may even have a super majority of both Houses.

zurcroniumMar. 24, 2015 - 07:56AM JST Sarah Palin in pants. The Republican Presidential clown car just got its first and by many measures most strange occupant. I am hoping the Herman Cain runs again.

LOL! Oh, how little you know of Senator Cruz. Yes, Sarah Palin he is not. The difference between them is that Senator Cruz doesn't need to write talking points on the palm of his hands.

Senator Cruz is a well educated person and if his opponents underestimate him as you have, well, he will be the next President of the U.S of A.

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JoeBigs

If the last election didn't wake you up

You? You mean the nation? You need to remember that presidential elections are different from congressional elections. National vs. regional.

The American people are fed up with the PC leftist and the administrations kowtowing to Iran and other radicals groups.

You mean religious conservatives with limited critical-thinking abilities are fed up. I know.

Senator Cruz is a well educated person

So what? By that measure you should be showing great respect Obama as well.

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plasticmonkeyMar. 24, 2015 - 07:18PM JST If the last election didn't wake you up You? You mean the nation? You need to remember that presidential elections are different from congressional elections. National vs. regional.

Ask folks from different states and you will see that they are fed up with the Left. Perfect example is France, enough said.

plasticmonkeyMar. 24, 2015 - 07:18PM JST The American people are fed up with the PC leftist and the administrations kowtowing to Iran and other radicals groups. You mean religious conservatives with limited critical-thinking abilities are fed up. I know.

Wrong again, if you believe that the religious right or the diehard Leftist are the people who swing a Presidential election you are sorely mistaken.

The next Presidential election will be decided by the Independents (my Party), There are roughly 29% Diehard Democrats, 25% Diehard Republicans and 46% Independent voters.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/independent-voters-partisans-in-the-closet-101931.html#.VRE91KP9mJA

Like I said, the election isn't won by diehards, Presidential election are won by those in the middle.

plasticmonkeyMar. 24, 2015 - 07:18PM JST Senator Cruz is a well educated person So what? By that measure you should be showing great respect Obama as well.

I see that you had your blinders on. For your information I was replying to someone who tried and compare Senator Cruz to Palin.

All this time I thought we were discussing the next President. So, please tell me, is the President running again? If he were you would have a point. But, he isn't and your just playing games.

Try harder next time.

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Presidential election are won by those in the middle.

And you're telling me Ted Cruz is appealing to swing voters?

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Bass funk. "Gay marriage again, IS NOT a top priority, nor should it be. "

It may not be a priority for you but for a couple who aren't getting the benefits or rights associated with that, health insurance, right in medical decisions and so on its probably a huge things..

Besides its a civil liberty thing.. However I think it's pretty simple and as far as priorities there is a straight forward answer.. Just allow it. Tomorrow.. A couple of consenting adults not closely related yadda yadda regardless of their gender can get the same rights as a male and female have had until now.. Done on to the next thing.

This is what these religous people don't get.. Religous freedom should mean you can choose based on your belief what you participate in, what book you read, who you date, if you want to use birth control blah blah for etc yourself... However that doesn't allow you to then push your belief on to others.. It should be extending the most freedoms to the most people.. Not pushing a personal agenda, especially a person belief for which there is no substantive supporting evidence.

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History is not going to record kindly the Republican party and their decent into madness.

Still, the Republican primaries are the finest comedy available. Late night comedians should donate their earnings to charity on election years given the free material supplied by GOP crazies...

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Hillary Clinton stands a good chance of beating Cruz.

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The difference between them is that Senator Cruz doesn't need to write talking points on the palm of his hands.

Joe, that's mainly because he has his talking points in the psalm in his hands.

I'd point out that there is a great difference between the controversy over Obama's pedigree and that of Cruz. Obama was born in Hawaii, a territory of America. Those who dispute that are dillusional. As such, regardless of his parentage, he is native-born. Cruz was quite clearly born in Canada to a foreign father and American mother. As such, he was granted citizenship at birth provided his American-citizen parent submitted the proper paperwork (a situation identical to my children). Whether that equates to "native born" has yet to be determined by the Supreme Court. I would argue that it should, but my opinion is of no importance here.

The point is not that liberals want to disqualify Cruz due to the circumstances of his birth; quite the contrary: most are delighted to have him toss his hat into the ring, if only for entertainment. The point is the forthcoming awesome silence from those who, even today, accuse Obama of being illegitimate.

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Cruz will never get the nomination, thank goodness. He's too polarizing. He also says that his favorite sound is his own voice and that's never a good sign.

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There is simply no definition of the word "atheist" that encompasses Obama's expression of his beliefs: "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life."

With facts like that, expect to be quoted, with a response completely irrelevant to the text quoted.

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plasticmonkeyMar. 24, 2015 - 07:52PM JST Presidential election are won by those in the middle. And you're telling me Ted Cruz is appealing to swing voters?

No, I'm telling you that the next President of the United States will be a Conservative (Right Winger). It could be Ted, Jeb or anyone else except Palin. The swing voters as you call us have no party affiliation. Here are my last votes for President.

Carter 1

Reagan

Reagan

Bush

Clinton

Clinton (economy, but started to think)

Gore (man I was wrong)

Bush

Obama (the Conservative one)

Obama (wary of his Lame Duck approach)

undecided, but looks like I be voting for a Conservative.

It's good to be an Independent...........

LagunaMar. 24, 2015 - 09:29PM JST The difference between them is that Senator Cruz doesn't need to write talking points on the palm of his hands. Joe, that's mainly because he has his talking points in the psalm in his hands.

I could careless if he believes in a god. My concern is that he has grey matter between his ears. Palin had zero then and still has zero.

What I don't want in the White House is a religious fanatic who cares more praying before he/she makes a decision. A leader doesn't need to get on his/her knees to make up his/her mind. A leader decides right there and then.

LagunaMar. 24, 2015 - 09:29PM JST I'd point out that there is a great difference between the controversy over Obama's pedigree and that of Cruz.

President Obama and Senator Cruz are both well schooled people. The only difference is where someone's political beliefs. The Right tried to paint President Obama as a non-American and the Left will try and do the same to Cruz.

But, in the end none of this really matters to people who can think for themselves and who aren't easily duped by hoax emails.

LagunaMar. 24, 2015 - 09:29PM JST Obama was born in Hawaii, a territory of America.

If President Obama wasn't eligible to run his name would have never of made it on the ballot. Only a fool would of though differently...

LagunaMar. 24, 2015 - 09:29PM JST Those who dispute that are dillusional. As such, regardless of his parentage, he is native-born. Cruz was quite clearly born in Canada to a foreign father and American mother. As such, he was granted citizenship at birth provided his American-citizen parent submitted the proper paperwork (a situation identical to my children). Whether that equates to "native born" has yet to be determined by the Supreme Court. I would argue that it should, but my opinion is of no importance here.

Correct, if there was an actual legal basis to argue against President Obama becoming the President of this great nation the Conservative controlled Court would have allowed a case to be brought. But, there wasn't and they didn't.

LagunaMar. 24, 2015 - 09:29PM JST The point is not that liberals want to disqualify Cruz due to the circumstances of his birth; quite the contrary: most are delighted to have him toss his hat into the ring, if only for entertainment. The point is the forthcoming awesome silence from those who, even today, accuse Obama of being illegitimate.

Like I said before, only a fool would try and bring a case where none can be brought. McCain is a perfect example and yes, so is President Obama.

I found the far right's attempts at bringing down the President by trying and bring the lamest of arguments and far fetched conspiracy theories.

To me, anyone who bases their beliefs on conspiracy theories and hoax emails had zero credibility. The Religious Conservatives, bigots and knuckleheads who fell for those hoaxes are just lame.

The great thing of the US of A is it's ability to correct itself and to move forward. The US of A has been steered too far to the Left and needs a course correction to bring it back to the center, well let me correct myself.

The US of A needs to be steered back to an American Center and not a European center......

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Red pill.....blue pill, what a joke! All of them are corporate leeches and I wouldn't choose either of party.

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Hi, Joe! You seriously dated yourself with that list. I'd perhaps argue with your Reagan choices - on one hand, he presided over the genesis of the income inequality ripping America apart today through his tax and anti-union policies, but on the other hand, the Democrats didn't have much in their stables - but, really:

Gore (man I was wrong)

You think that even after his disastrous last four years, which would not have occurred sans the disastrous previous four? Bush in the White House after 9/11 simply poured gasoline on the fire. I also disagree with your idea that America is being pushed too far to the left. For example, that a conservative solution to healthcare which had been previously instituted by a Republican governor who later was the GOP candidate for the presidency could suddenly be called "socialist" demonstrates how far to the right American political discourse has drifted.

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When politics and religion get mixed there is a problem.

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'Red pill.....blue pill, what a joke! All of them are corporate leeches and I wouldn't choose either of party.'

Yep, but the rich rightists are still screaming socialist at Obama as their portfolios hum along in rude health.

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Red pill, Blue pill. Believe it or not, we sleep very comfortable @ night. & right about now, we get "tax returns". Thank you corporate leeches. The system aint' perfect but most of us get a slice of the fiscal pie. Which is more one can say than any of those "other" (not so western) countries.

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Here is what you should know about the first-term senator:

Political Positions: incoherent and deafening, but definately right wing and strident. Political Philosophy: Inquisition meets Atlas Shrugged. Sex: Male, and only with females. And only one. And only for procreation. Ethnicity: White enough Supporters: High school dropouts; selfish jerks who pretend they are Christian, and crazy people. Speaks: Spanish, English, Tongues Campaign Slogan: “I’m Ted Cruz, and You're Not.” Education: Princeton, Harvard. (Shhhhhhhh!) Notable Relations: Insane father. Likelihood Of Becoming President: Goldwateresque

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Ted Cruz has ZERO chance of becoming president. Just so you know.

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I absolutely love what Ted Cruz did on his website. Of course we have to believe everything is true on the internet.

http://www.tedcruz.com/

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WilliB: Let the smearfest begin. The American democrat-biased mainstream media will scour every microscopic part of this guys history to find anything they can use to discredit him...

Uh, have you seen the comments by Republicans about Cruz? They know what Ted is up to.

bass: If Obama created HIGHER paying job

Obama owns a business? Because the business owners are the ones deciding about high paying jobs, and since Bush and the Republicans put 3 million people out of work in the last 6 months of their Presidency the balance between owners and workers have tilted heavily in favor of business. They have been able to push down wages and strip benefits all while the GOP lives in their fantasy world where Obama is blocking them from spreading the success to their workers.

We live in the new economy where the largest private employer pays wages so low that their workers need government assistance, and the profits benefit the richest family in America. Look at Uber....worth billions overnight and part of their success is due to workers being independent contractors who get no benefits, not even social security matching. This isn't a business struggling to survive, it was built with cost savings on the backs of their employees. They built the McJob characteristics into their business plan and they are being fantastically rewarded for it.

You aren't looking for a President to create high paying jobs, you're looking for him to protect workers from capitalism that's been skewed by imbalance. That's the irony of it. But hey, let's give Uber a tax cut because, gosh, I'm sure they will raise commissions for their drivers and grow the middle class, huh?

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Super,

Obama owns a business?

Seems like Bass must be asking for socialist kind of controls over businesses, although I didn't read his posts. If he wasn't a modern Republican I'd say the poor man is clearly closeted lefty.

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Although Senator Cruz has a lot of positives, I am concerned about putting someone who has never run a state or a major corporation into the Presidency.

. . . whut?

Elizabeth Warren?? "I am a descendant of Native Americans" Warren, who plagiarized when contributing to a family cookbook ( she submitted among others, a recipe for a crabmeat omelet as 'traditional Cherokee recipes handed down for generations' which was clearly modern foodie fare, and traced to a restaurant)? People who lie bare-faced about things that 5 seconds of Googling will expose are a special kind of dishonest.

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And, of course, Calgary Cruz is a typical Republican after all: no honor; no shame.

Headline: Ted Cruz to sign up for Obama Care.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/ted-cruz-health-insurance-obamacare/70384334/

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Please tell the rest of the story JTDanMan. Headlines are very misleading.

Whether you like it or not uber conservatism is in the future here in the US. Current waste and buerocrocy is unsustainable. Record numbers in handouts doesn't help either. As I say, like it or not it's comming. In 2016....I don't think so though it is possible.

As far as religeons goes it is a good thing for many people. To condemn it is small minded thinking. To accept it is following the popular view. This said, My personal spiritual view differs. That's only my view and for me to impose it on others is selfish.

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MarkG?

What precisely makes religion a good thing for many people? I agree of course its very present in some cultures, and don't dispute that there are some benefits in some community based activities but given the 30,000 or so sub categories of christianity alone, and the other hundreds of more well known religions, and thousands of less known and the countries which are less religious than others, where people can still live good safe lives is a fairly good indication that it has nothing to do with religion as such at all but just humans being humans in societies and communities which has existed far longer than Ted Cruz probably thinks the planet has existed...

I would argue in-fact, there is nothing "good" (actually beneficial to society) a non-religious person can't do that a religious person can, however looking at all kinds of disgusting behaviour around the world religion unfortunately can be the basis for some of the most terrible treatment of people there is.

However good on you Mark for realising that pushing a personal religious belief is probably not a very fair thing to do.

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Whether you like it or not uber conservatism is in the future here in the US.

I don't have a problem with uber conservatism existing. The problem I have is when they decide that not having enough support to win votes means they need to do things like threaten to default on our debt, which is Cruz's position. They could work just as easily to moderate their message and build a bigger base, but they want their minority to rule and they only justification for it seems to be some notion that they are patriots saving us from the destruction of America and they are not going to let something as trivial as a lack of broad support (or the democratic process) stop them.

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Religeons keep morality, I can speak only for Christian and Jewish faiths for that. A tipping point may take place when a very religious person take refuge in prayers for sometimes for their daily faults instead of the population of people they deal with.

Crusades in history were all wrong but that time period was full of brutality.

Current Islamists causing and wishing harm on innocent people are just evil. Teaching children to murder is just unacceptable.

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Crusades in history were all wrong but that time period was full of brutality.

And now isn't?

Current Islamists causing and wishing harm on innocent people are just evil.

Current anybody causing and wishing harm on innocent people is just evil. Whether it's a man with a beard and a vest full of explosives in a crowded market, or a pimply youth with a joystick guiding and firing a drone at a private house from miles away. Or anyone cheering on either of them.

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You miss the point Cleo....in collective groups was the point. And to your point how can evil be defeated? Sitting down with constructive dialog?

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I'm not sure what is moral about the teachings of religon above the rules that have binded civilizations since the beginning of time..

What "moral" action can a religious person perform that a non religous person can't?

However it depends what you mean by moral too.

Treat others well.. The golden rule etc clearly outdates Christianity for example.

Most things we consider moral are simply the mechanism that allow groups of people to live together.

I suggest the vast majority of people are inifinately more moral than books that encourage slaverly, racisim, anti-gay, oppression of women, archaic punishments for trivial things like " thought crime " and an endless list of ridiculous things.

How do you judge what is moral or not, if it's simply because it's written in a book humankind is in great risk.. However I think most likely you use your own moral compass as does everyone else.

No-one.. (Well sane people anyway) wants societies in chaos, one where we are in constant fear for our lives and so on.. An the places where that generally occur are theocracies.... The other thing of course is that if you support religous people to use thier religious views may not be the same as your own, even if you both call yourselves christian for example.. Hence following rules to allow the most freedom to the most people.

There may not be a crusade as such I would argue, the anti-science, anti-intellectual, climate change denial, anti-gay rights, and so on are just as dangerous if allowed to take over.

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Religeons keep morality, I can speak only for Christian and Jewish faiths for that.

Religions can keep morality. There is no guarantee that they will, neither is religion necessary for morality.

When Bengston noticed the growth of nonreligious Americans becoming increasingly pronounced, he decided in 2013 to add secular families to his study in an attempt to understand how family life and intergenerational influences play out among the religionless.

He was surprised by what he found: High levels of family solidarity and emotional closeness between parents and nonreligious youth, and strong ethical standards and moral values that had been clearly articulated as they were imparted to the next generation.

“Many nonreligious parents were more coherent and passionate about their ethical principles than some of the ‘religious' parents in our study,” Bengston told me. “The vast majority appeared to live goal-filled lives characterized by moral direction and sense of life having a purpose.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-zuckerman-secular-parenting-20150115-story.html

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Evil, first we have to agree what that means.

If you mean demonstrable harm to others, I suggest the adoption and protection of universal human the extension of the most freedoms to the most people is the only way forward.

We don't need religion for this, and I suggest in most cases it's an obstacle to the goal of the most freedoms for the most people.

Living in a socitey where we want to fairly extend the most freedoms and rights to the most people requires a great deal of respect, compromise and understanding even when something maynot be our view.

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If a child prays his or her conscience is watched by a higher being. Growing up thinking you are watched against very bad behavior is not bad if you ask me. Growing up w/o morals instilled can be very bad for us. Not etched in stone but a good baseline.

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Readers, please keep the discussion focused on Ted Cruz's White House bid.

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Only being "good" because you think you are being watched???

sounds not only mentally damaging but potentially dangerous to me.

How about being "good" to fellow human beings because you want other human beings to treat you in the same way.

Being "good" because you have a responsibility to society as a whole..

Who do you think is growing up with out "morals" and again what do you mean by that?

What is moral and not moral?

As pointed out by another commenter, the evidence is children in non-religious homes are no less "ethical or moral".

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So, socialism means letting the rich keep more of their money while keeping the middle class down. Interesting.

'The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.

Yeah, but that's not what's happening to the middle class.

I see. What percentage of your income the government takes is dependent on the cost of fuel. Why have the taxes for the very rich fallen much more sharply than everyone else over the last 30-odd years?

To his credit, that's an oversight that slipped the Dems and they are trying to correct it. If then we will be taxed more on interest rates in general, very high.

Do only the rich pay more for rising fuel costs? Are you also going to bring in the inflation red herring? Doesn't inflation affect everyone?

Sure, but it hits you more in the gut if you can't afford it. That's what I'm talking about.

I truly recommend a study of what socialism means.

I already know, thanks for the tip though.

The US right throw it around like calling kids 'fatty' in the playground or to rile up the slack-jaws who reach for the well-polished shotgun above the fireplace when they hear it but this isn't a Fox audience or a Ted Cruz prayin' get together here. Use words correctly.

No, that's why you guys are so misinformed, but I'll tell you what, you have a lot more DEMS watching Fox than you do conservatives msnbc. So for the overwhelming majority of Americans, yes, they do.

They won't have to. Cruz has already discredited himself by his self-serving, destructive political tactics and loony policy stances. Even the establishment GOP can't stand this obnoxious person.

And that's what the established GOP needs, someone that has backbone and is not afraid to speak the truth and be as ruthless as the Democrats.

Cruz knows he's not gonna win. It's obvious. He's doing it for his constituents in Texas. Bass funk. "Gay marriage again, IS NOT a top priority, nor should it be. "

It may not be a priority for you but for a couple who aren't getting the benefits or rights associated with that, health insurance, right in medical decisions and so on its probably a huge things..

Besides its a civil liberty thing.. However I think it's pretty simple and as far as priorities there is a straight forward answer.. Just allow it. Tomorrow.. A couple of consenting adults not closely related yadda yadda regardless of their gender can get the same rights as a male and female have had until now.. Done on to the next thing.

This is what these religous people don't get.. Religous freedom should mean you can choose based on your belief what you participate in, what book you read, who you date, if you want to use birth control blah blah for etc yourself... However that doesn't allow you to then push your belief on to others.. It should be extending the most freedoms to the most people.. Not pushing a personal agenda, especially a person belief for which there is no substantive supporting evidence. He doesn't have to win now, he's still very young and has more than enough time. Hilary on the other hand, this is her last shot.

The first to hop in the 2016 clown car. Who's the next 'intelligent' GOP candidate to step up? Ben Carson? Bobby Jindall?

Clown car? Obama and the entire Cirque Du Soleil have given us the best comical time of our lives over the last 6 years, actually can't wait until they cancel the show.

History is not going to record kindly the Republican party and their decent into madness.

If I could get a gold nugget every time I've heard that. That was said in 2010 and you guys ended up losing the House, you didn't learn and said that mess and the result, you guys lost the Senate last year and still hard-headed you guys thought you could influence or oust Netanyahu and that blew up in your face, so given the Republican record so far, the history seems to look very well in the opinion of the PUBLIC.

Still, the Republican primaries are the finest comedy available. Late night comedians should donate their earnings to charity on election years given the free material supplied by GOP crazies...

Buddy, we feel the same about the Democratic primaries and this time around you guys have quite a few hilarious contenders, Bernie Sanders? Joe Biden??? Too funny, but I really wish you guys would bring back John Edwards, that was serious liberal comedy at its very, very best.

Obama owns a business? Because the business owners are the ones deciding about high paying jobs, and since Bush and the Republicans put 3 million people out of work in the last 6 months of their Presidency the balance between owners and workers have tilted heavily in favor of business.

Yes and under Obama you have over 9.5 million people that left the workforce and that have either went on unemployment, thus raising the rates and putting more of an already over loaded entitlement growing culture OR many people and many under 30 are moving back home and living with the parents. Not to mention with a 40% corporate tax rate the highest in the modern advanced world, there is NO way large corporations can bring in new jobs and with 46% of young graduates NOT being able to find a job shows you exactly how bad this guy is. No gubernatorial expierence, never had a job, was a community organizer, we elect this guy to lead us and he did just that, all the way into the ditch.

They have been able to push down wages and strip benefits all while the GOP lives in their fantasy world where Obama is blocking them from spreading the success to their workers.

You want wage increase, how? So this president is not creating any jobs, but part-time low paying jobs and on top of that wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, this why so many business owners are either letting people go or they close shop or just not hire anyone.

We live in the new economy where the largest private employer pays wages so low that their workers need government assistance, and the profits benefit the richest family in America.

When you have a stagnant and sluggish economy and over tax the corporations you are inhibiting growth. Companies are less reluctant to hire people and many have to resort asking for government assistance, which is something a healthy economy won't do.

Look at Uber....worth billions overnight and part of their success is due to workers being independent contractors who get no benefits, not even social security matching. This isn't a business struggling to survive, it was built with cost savings on the backs of their employees.

So now you are basically saying the old Obama line, "you didn't build that."

They built the McJob characteristics into their business plan and they are being fantastically rewarded for it.

You aren't looking for a President to create high paying jobs, you're looking for him to protect workers from capitalism that's been skewed by imbalance.

Actually, No

That's the irony of it. But hey, let's give Uber a tax cut because, gosh, I'm sure they will raise commissions for their drivers and grow the middle class, huh?

If you can let the market take care of itself and get it (the government) out of the way, the economy will be just fine.

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@ Himajin

Elizabeth Warren?? "I am a descendant of Native Americans" Warren, who plagiarized when contributing to a family cookbook ( she submitted among others, a recipe for a crabmeat omelet as 'traditional Cherokee recipes handed down for generations' which was clearly modern foodie fare, and traced to a restaurant)? People who lie bare-faced about things that 5 seconds of Googling will expose are a special kind of dishonest.

You're concerned about what she contributed to a cookbook? And how do you know she doesn't have any Native American blood in her? Have you ever Googled your conservative politicians? I guarantee their lies are more substantive than where their omelet recipes come from.

I Googled "Elizabeth Warren lies" and found your source. FYI, Ann Coultair is not exactly a quality source of information. But going back to my first point, if these are the only "lies" you can dig up on her, I'd say she's in a pretty good position. Her tough stance toward Wall Street and the banks will hurt her chances though. She's one of the few politicians trying to reign them in and hold them responsible.

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I Googled "Elizabeth Warren lies" and found your source. FYI, Ann Coultair is not exactly a quality source of information.

Actually, her analysis on Dems and liberals is spot on usually.

But going back to my first point, if these are the only "lies" you can dig up on her, I'd say she's in a pretty good position.

She's too far to the left, so far, she would go in a circle. There is NO she could get the votes, raise the money or get the nomination (although I wish she would) it just won't happen, she's too radical for the left.

Her tough stance toward Wall Street and the banks will hurt her chances though. She's one of the few politicians trying to reign them in and hold them responsible.

Never will happen.

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Ann Coultair only appeals to those without enough intelligence to realize that the content of what she writes is half lies, and half appealing to fear. Well, with some overlap between the two.

Anyone who thinks that her writing has any merit at all is simply exposing their intelligence levels for the rest of the world to see.

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Ann Coultair only appeals to those without enough intelligence to realize that the content of what she writes is half lies, and half appealing to fear. Well, with some overlap between the two.

One thing what I truly love about her is that she really knows how to enrage liberals, which means, the truth always hurts.

Anyone who thinks that her writing has any merit at all is simply exposing their intelligence levels for the rest of the world to see.

So that's the reason why her books are best sellers. Apparently millions do. But hey, you don't have to read them. You can always read that book Bill Ayers wrote for Obama. the title escapes me.....

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A Texas-raised, Harvard-educated lawyer, Cruz was born in Canada but moved to the United States after his absent father found God and reunited the family.

Although he was entitled to US citizenship at birth, his foreign birthplace could trouble some voters

He was not born in USA (not natural born USA Citizen)There are many US citizens who were born outside of USA and passed ditizenship test. But none of them can become US President.

Republican needs a candidate who can beat Hillary who might be pushed to be a candidate, though if Hillary become President, one problem. How to call Bill Clinton. First What?

There are some candidates who might outdo Hillary if they do not forget women issues.. There are more women voters than Hispanic vorers. .

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So that's the reason why her books are best sellers.

I'm not sure as to what you are referring, since once again your comment doesn't actually match the text quoted. But if you are trying to say that millions of people are exposing their low intelligence by buying her books, then yes, you are entirely correct.

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bass: If you can let the market take care of itself and get it (the government) out of the way, the economy will be just fine.

The government did get out of the way and the market created a near global meltdown, leaving governments, taxpayers, and workers to foot the bill. The free market brings a lot of prosperity, but it can't have absolute authority over decisions all of the time, especially during a crisis that it created. There will be situations, even if they happen just once in a generation, that can cause a great deal of harm and ultimately someone needs to be able to step in. I'll give back whatever % of production that we lose just to know I won't wake up one day and see my entire financial situation ruined by people I've never met taking risks because the reward is in creating the transaction.

strangerland: Ann Coultair only appeals to those without enough intelligence to realize that the content of what she writes is half lies, and half appealing to fear. Well, with some overlap between the two.

They all follow the same process: 1) distort an issue, 2) predict it will destroy America, then 3) say patriots are needed to save us. Pick Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Ingram (she literally loops this technique all day long). It's all the same, and it's very, very profitable.

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I'm not sure as to what you are referring, since once again your comment doesn't actually match the text quoted.

Just stating the facts. Just saying why she's so popular with the right and why she bugs the heck out of liberals. Those are facts, now you not liking her or insulting her, that's a persoanl opinion.

But if you are trying to say that millions of people are exposing their low intelligence by buying her books, then yes, you are entirely correct.

Again, another personal opinion and another ad hominem attack. Try again....

The government did get out of the way and the market created a near global meltdown, leaving governments, taxpayers, and workers to foot the bill. The free market brings a lot of prosperity, but it can't have absolute authority over decisions all of the time, especially during a crisis that it created.

Does Chris Dodd and Barney Frank conjure up any memories?

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They all follow the same process: 1) distort an issue, 2) predict it will destroy America, then 3) say patriots are needed to save us.

And that's exactly what the Dems are doing?

Pick Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Coulter, Ingram (she literally loops this technique all day long). It's all the same, and it's very, very profitable

Just like the Dems using race, the so called war on women, Bush attacks, WMDs, same thing.

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Again, another personal opinion and another ad hominem attack. Try again....

It's not an ad hominem attack. Studies have shown that conservatives in America in general are of lower intelligence than liberals. People who buy her books are simply a way of seeing just how many stupid people there are. Just pointing out the facts.

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It's not an ad hominem attack. Studies have shown that conservatives in America in general are of lower intelligence than liberals.

yeah it was! But honestly, The funny thing about virtually all these studies are conducted by liberals, so please excuse if I don't hold my breath.

People who buy her books are simply a way of seeing just how many stupid people there are. Just pointing out the facts.

But reading Noam Chomsky or Obama's or Churchill's books will really educate me? ROFL

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But reading Noam Chomsky or Obama's or Churchill's books will really educate me? ROFL

Did you play left field in high school as well?

Cruz joined George W Bush's legal team to argue the 2000 Florida presidential recount.

This line says it all. Another stooge for the Wall Street/ corporate cabal.

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This line says it all. Another stooge for the Wall Street/ corporate cabal.

So that means you're throwing Hilary under the bus as well.

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So that means you're throwing Hilary under the bus as well

And hope the bus can't stop in time.

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Ted Cruz, liar and bully. The worst idea the GOP-Tea has had since Palin's psychiatric meltdown. A lying smarmy grease faced pinch nose complainer.

Great telegenic appeal though; Cruz's angry pinch face and sweaty greasiness is the hobgoblin of the GOP-Tea gargoyle template. Angry, certain and sociopathic. Cruz's derangement is so palpable it's a wonder he's risen from bug exterminator to Senator from Texas, or maybe not.

If a caustic religious ideologue makes a good president, maybe Iran can offer Mr. Cruz a position.

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bass: If you can let the market take care of itself and get it (the government) out of the way, the economy will be just fine.

SuperLib: The government did get out of the way and the market created a near global meltdown, leaving governments, taxpayers, and workers to foot the bill. The free market brings a lot of prosperity, but it can't have absolute authority over decisions all of the time, especially during a crisis that it created.

bass: Does Chris Dodd and Barney Frank conjure up any memories?

Of course, but if you're asking me if the memory of Dodd/Frank is worse than the memory of a near financial collapse, then it shows you aren't taking the risks of your position very seriously. Is it because you don't see a link between the free market coupled with new financial products potentially destroying the financial system? Maybe the system has taken care of you for so long that you've made a kind of mental block on thinking that it could ever produce anything that destructive.

But that's the world we live in today, and as you read this there are MIT grads in financial offices on Wall Street looking to invent new financial products that could potentially start this all over again. And what's stopping them? The recent headline saying Wall Street paid out $28 billion in bonuses? heh

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My guess is Hilary vs Bush for final match. I don;t think main GOP people will take a chance to elect Cruz. Bush does not advertize but he has about all Hispaniac support than just Cruz' Cuban people support. Are all Cuban have voting right?

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Cruz says, he has no legal choice but to take Obamacare because Obamacare is making him do it.

Only right wingers could ever swallow that one.

What the law demands of members of Congress is not that they get their health insurance through Obamacare (unless they have Medicare or coverage from a spouse). It just says that if they do get their health insurance from a plan that's not on an exchange, they don't get a sweet taxpayer subsidy to help pay their premiums.

I hope he wins the Republican primary.

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“It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty", he says, and yet he studied at the same university founded by Falwell where neither truth nor liberty were ever in vogue? Very odd.

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Ted Cruz, liar and bully. The worst idea the GOP-Tea has had since Palin's psychiatric meltdown. A lying smarmy grease faced pinch nose complainer.

Could be, on the flip side, we voted for another 1st term inexperienced senator and a great orator and look what we got, look at the mess we got ourselves into, but in 593 more days, that nightmare will go away!!!!

Great telegenic appeal though; Cruz's angry pinch face and sweaty greasiness is the hobgoblin of the GOP-Tea gargoyle template.

Sounds a bit racist, be careful....

Angry, certain and sociopathic. Cruz's derangement is so palpable it's a wonder he's risen from bug exterminator to Senator from Texas, or maybe not.

Now you know how many of us feel about Obama, welcome to our world!

If a caustic religious ideologue makes a good president, maybe Iran can offer Mr. Cruz a position.

More like Obama seems to warm up and is fascinated with cozying up to religious Islamists over anything else, including our allies, if anything, he should move to the bosom of their arms.

Personally, I am tired of all of these Washington politicians or career dynastic ones on both sides, at least Cruz is a different breed and is not the typical Washington type, do I think Cruz has a chance...as of now, No. Even if he gets the nomination, he doesn't have the money and it would be an uphill battle to unseat Hilary and I really like the guy. At least he doesn't use a teleprompter that is refreshing. But I do think he does have a better chance in the future. At least he's not a moderate, because a conservative moderate just can't win, we need a real conservative to compete with a clear vision, but Cruz does have a chance in the future once he's a bit more seasoned.

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At least he's not a moderate, because a conservative moderate just can't win, we need a real conservative to compete with a clear vision

Win a Presidential election? Or the nomination?

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Could be, on the flip side, we voted for another 1st term inexperienced senator and a great orator and look what we got

One of the best presidents ever! Took the country out of a recession, brought the stock market up to high levels, lowered unemployment faster than his opponent even claimed he could, kept gas prices down and so on so on.

Of course I don't expect you'd know any of these, living in bubble as you do.

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One of the best presidents ever!

on the Cartoon Network probably, I think so.

Took the country out of a recession,

But has one of the highest deficits ever and not to mention a $18 Trillion debt and rising.

brought the stock market up to high levels,

Then again, we have the highest corporate tax rate out of ANY country in the world, so we have more companies leaving the US, even the film industry hardly make movies in the states, especially the giant blockbusters, whereas before more than half of the movies were filmed in the states, but it's too expensive now.

lowered unemployment

So Blacks and Hispanics that overwhelmingly voted for this guy have record unemployment numbers, companies are letting people off, 46 million on food stamps for over 37 months. Oh...and then there is this...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-05/jobless-claims-in-u-s-increased-7-000-last-week-to-320-000

So much for that argument.

faster than his opponent even claimed he could, kept gas prices down and so on so on.

Yeah and you probably think it's good to put the oil industry out of business in the states as well. Thank God, they are going up slightly as much as I hate it, I want to get off of ME oil.

Of course I don't expect you'd know any of these, living in bubble as you do.

No, I live in reality. I left the bubble when I left NBC.

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So much for that argument

Did you think you successfully shot down a statement claiming unemployment has dropped?

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I don't take credit, but as I have always said, unemployment benefits are on the rise and we have one of the highest in recent memories, which implies a stagnant working economy.

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Political stance doesn't matter in the slightest. What matters is how extreme the view of his and his supporters are. So far it is bad news especially when the religion is mixed with politics.

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Political stance doesn't matter in the slightest.

Somehow I'd got the impression that that what was elections were basically about... : )

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"Cruz, after all, rose to national prominence by employing an ultimately unsuccessful strategy in 2013 to shut down the government unless Barack Obama’s administration agreed to repeal its signature health care law.

Cruz’s all-night talking tactics seemed so absurd that even leaders of his own party denounced the strategy.

Earlier this year he pushed his fellow Senate Republicans to cut off significant funding for the Department of Homeland Security without a full repeal of the White House’s executive actions on immigration.

And Cruz has never been afraid to dial up the heat on his rhetoric, once referring to Obama as “the most radical president this nation’s ever seen.”

reference: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/26/is-ted-cruz-most-conservative-of-them-all.html

Cruz is the stereotypical narcissist. Breaking government, dismantling national security efforts and a taste for green eggs and ham has defined this most dangerous of sociopaths. Thin skinned and slow witted, Cruz has the appeal of a mad bomber mixed with the derangement of a messiah complex.

Americans have had a good long look at this angry greasy pinch faced liar. He'd make a good rabid preacher of doom and destruction, wait a tick, that is what this tick does.

Cruz represents a grossly swollen tick of evangelical venom sucking upon the government benefits and rewards he so sorely criticizes. Angry and a hypocrite, nice guy.

The GOP-Tea does appeal to everyone; even the angry pinch faced greasy liar evangelical groupies, that's nice too.

Fun for a piñata, but this Canadian piñata is filled with razor blades, poison pills and an endless supply of useless. One thing the American can depend on from this bug exterminator candidate; a nearly two years long tedium of one idiotic complaint after another followed by endless threats of destruction of his own doing.

The GOP-Tea says Cruz is off the charts in many areas and everyone has a good example of where that begins. Usually when Cruz starts talking. What a funny angry greasy deranged narcissist candidate the GOP-Tea has in Cruz. Mission Accomplished.

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Repunlicsn needs a candidate who will not Supreme Court decide that Canada born person is not a natural born citizen, Hillary and Dem people must be delighted to see GOP elects him, Hillary will not have an opponent and Dem just will have discussion how to call new fher First Lady.

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"Cruz, after all, rose to national prominence by employing an ultimately unsuccessful strategy in 2013 to shut down the government unless Barack Obama’s administration agreed to repeal its signature health care law.

Which took a lot of guts, may not have been the best idea, but it showed that at least he was going to fight the law and the implementation of it tooth and nail.

Cruz’s all-night talking tactics seemed so absurd that even leaders of his own party denounced the strategy.

Because they realized that Cruz had guts and unlike the majority of the spineless GOP members, he showed that he has guts and will take a stand for his party and for his constituents.

Earlier this year he pushed his fellow Senate Republicans to cut off significant funding for the Department of Homeland Security without a full repeal of the White House’s executive actions on immigration.

And Cruz has never been afraid to dial up the heat on his rhetoric, once referring to Obama as “the most radical president this nation’s ever seen.”

And so what's the difference. Obama does the opposite by calling the GOP congress terrorists? So Obama can use rhetoric, but Cruz can't.

Cruz is the stereotypical narcissist. Breaking government, dismantling national security efforts and a taste for green eggs and ham has defined this most dangerous of sociopaths. Thin skinned and slow witted, Cruz has the appeal of a mad bomber mixed with the derangement of a messiah complex.

So then he is essentially no different than the president who is by the way a narcissist, has the absolute worst ego, selfish, lies through his teeth, inconsistent and is underhandedly sneaky, not to mention Obama thinks he's the smartest man on the entire planet.

Americans have had a good long look at this angry greasy pinch faced liar.

Getting a bit racial there buddy, be careful....

Cruz represents a grossly swollen tick of evangelical venom sucking upon the government benefits and rewards he so sorely criticizes. Angry and a hypocrite, nice guy.

And so what do you call our Atheist, socialist president that defies virtually every law and constitution of the US and tries to circumvent it at every chance he can get and thinks he can rule by decree.

The GOP-Tea does appeal to everyone; even the angry pinch faced greasy liar evangelical groupies, that's nice too.

It seems more and more to me by reading these kind of comments that you have a problem with Hispanics.

Fun for a piñata, but this Canadian piñata is filled with razor blades, poison pills and an endless supply of useless. One thing the American can depend on from this bug exterminator candidate; a nearly two years long tedium of one idiotic complaint after another followed by endless threats of destruction of his own doing.

I really love how Cruz is pissing the left off so much and even some of the weaker right, just love it. As long as he can pose to a formidable threat to both sides, he's got my vote.

The GOP-Tea says Cruz is off the charts in many areas and everyone has a good example of where that begins. Usually when Cruz starts talking. What a funny angry greasy deranged narcissist candidate the GOP-Tea has in Cruz. Mission Accomplished.

Ok, so you have a problem with Hispanics, but the man is not your typical Washington politician, what's the difference between electing him as a first timer and Obama who was a first timer? If you look at both their records, at least Cruz was consistent on every point, fiery, loud and definitely outspoken, pisses of the rhino established GOP and scares the Dems, goes against the mold and is a breath of fresh air from the typical Washington stagnant pool of lemmings.

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Obama does the opposite by calling the GOP congress terrorists?

You know that you can't just make stuff up right?

Or if you can, then Ted Cruz said this:

"I believe America should burn in hell. If I'm elected president, I'll make the poor pay, and the rich richer"

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I think Bush will be chosen by masjority of GOP folks who is not interested in Hillary nit oick on Vanadian Cruz.

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"I believe America should burn in hell. If I'm elected president, I'll make the poor pay, and the rich richer"

Heh, nice try. Obama sells a lot more books than that.

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It's bass - facts and the truth aren't as important to him as to the rest of the world. And it's not like he could change - he'd have to drop his vitriol against Obama, which is basically his identity.

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As already pointed out, no definition of atheism allows for any degree of religious belief. Obama is a self-avowed Christian, which rules out the possibility of him being atheist.

Really, he sure doesn't act like it, maybe he's the liberal Atheists version of what a Christian is supposed to be.

Your continued insistence that he is an atheist is as weird as if I were to repeatedly claim that you are female.

You never know.

facts and the truth aren't as important to him as to the rest of the world.

Yeah, Libs always say that when they get backed into a corner and get bombarded with facts.

And it's not like he could change - he'd have to drop his vitriol against Obama, which is basically his identity.

Coming from the person that has an anger issue and vitriol towards Bush.

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"Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, invoking his abiding faith in God" - article

It's nice when the religiously obsessed have to make everything they do about their god concept. A colossal narcissist, Cruz epitomizes what Americans have rejected for over two hundred years, theocracy.

Cruz is a smarmy creep who wants his god concept central to all laws. With the appeal of a greasy pinch faced liar, Cruz is like some sideshow hustler snatching purses with one hand and preaching faith with the other.

For a sestercentennial religion has occupied a place of special privilege in the States; tax free status and hands off enforcement of society's laws isn't a too shabby hustle.

Mr. Cruz represents the return to olde tyme religion and more! With the inculcation of federal laws creating fiefdoms of religion, Mr. Cruz sees his adopted country as his brave new world of religious adoration woven into the town hall.

Beware the religious zealot; they have little evidence for their certainty, and less regard for everyone other than themselves. A poor character model for a democracy and a worst one for a political party bent on self destruction.

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That's irrelevant - and obviously so - to the question of whether he is atheist, a question Obama settled himself by publicly stating that he is a Christian.

If you want to believe that, you can. I don't, NOT for a moment."

Ted Cruz launched his White House quest on Monday, invoking his abiding faith in God" - article

It's nice when the religiously obsessed have to make everything they do about their god concept. A colossal narcissist, Cruz epitomizes what Americans have rejected for over two hundred years, theocracy.

If that were true, he would never get the kind of reception he's getting, he wouldn't be this popular with many on the right-AT ALL. But it's quite the opposite. He's not a potted plant and he is something that his Republican counterparts are not. He's got drive, he's got ambition and he's not afraid to pick a fight.

Cruz is a smarmy creep who wants his god concept central to all laws. With the appeal of a greasy pinch faced liar, Cruz is like some sideshow hustler snatching purses with one hand and preaching faith with the other.

I think YOU are the one that has a problem with God. There is NO evidence whatsoever that the man wants to govern by theocracy, that is just completely absurd and it shows how some on the left are historically delusional when it comes to religious fears....when it involves Christians, but when it involves Islam, the left will bend backwards and caution for civility and respect and tolerance to the religion and to all muslims. Hypocrisy? Naw!!

For a sestercentennial religion has occupied a place of special privilege in the States; tax free status and hands off enforcement of society's laws isn't a too shabby hustle.

But it's ok to give it all to an Atheist president?

Mr. Cruz represents the return to olde tyme religion and more! With the inculcation of federal laws creating fiefdoms of religion, Mr. Cruz sees his adopted country as his brave new world of religious adoration woven into the town hall.

He is an American citizen, don't forget that.

Beware the religious zealot; they have little evidence for their certainty, and less regard for everyone other than themselves. A poor character model for a democracy and a worst one for a political party bent on self destruction.

I think we need to be careful of the Atheists that are so bent on trying to force feed people into thinking that the only way in life is to think their way as this president does and the people, especially the swing voters in the middle are rejecting this notion entirely.

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Deep Thoughts by Ted Cruz:

"There would be less disease, less cancer and AIDS and diabetes in this country if people would simply pray. God blesses the righteous with good health and curses the wicked with sickness."

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Can't argue with that logic.

Oh wait, yes you can.

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If you think so, then you think so. I know the truth is always hard for Dems to swallow.

I don't think so, I know so. It's a bold-faced lie. If it weren't, you could show proof of it, same as you requested proof when I said that your prophet, Rush Limbaugh, lied about having seen nuns shot in the head, and I provided a link to an audio recording of it straight from the horse's mouth.

The fact that you are unable to show that Obama said this shows that your claim is a bold-faced lie. And it's why you skipped over it in your last post, you were trying to avoid the fact that I caught you lying.

We know you play loose with the truth Bass, but this time you've been caught straight out lying.

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If you want to believe that, you can. I don't, NOT for a moment

And I don't believe Ted Cruz is Christian, and my reasoning is based on the fact that I know what the man is thinking. He may say or do Christian things but I know this man is a liar because I know him. Does that even things up?

I've seen you here for years and you have no love for religion in politics. Cruz plays the heavy Christian card and he's being criticized for it, so now you're going to jump in with both feet and make up a claim that Obama is atheist just so you'll have something to say.

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so this is the best Repubs can offer. hahahahahahaha

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Teddy has a major issue, Teddy.

There are few in public life who gain the contempt of their own party within six weeks of taking office. It takes some off the charts super human effort to be universally disliked and genuinely considered a paranoid hysteric.

That super human is Ted Cruz. Few disagree,the destructive obstructions of Ted's histrionics and holier-than-thou contempt isn't a great sales technique. These personal traits are then wrapped into some of the most absurd assumptions and regurgitated into weasel like complaint over every blessed thing. Putting it lightly, Ted needs a few PR lessons.

Candidates aren't respected when their only appeal is a sinister need for destruction. The GOP-Tea already gave America one of those. And now Teddy thinks there's some ground swell of desire for religious concentration camps and elimination of pubic schooling.

Cruz probably is some kind of diagnosable condition. Definite narcissist, goes without saying. Then there's the savior complex mixed with the martyr syndrome, explains the constant state of self destruct. Pigheaded, that's when your own people tell you you're doing something stupid, and you go ahead and do it, more than once.

The American voter has one chance every four years to ask one question. Should the country, more specifically, the government, be guided by a self righteous narcissist-savior-martyr delusion or someone more stable?

This time, Teddy looks like some jerk out for a ride around America with his beady sour puss scowling at America because Teddy knows how bad America is and it's all he can talk about. Bad message, poor salesmanship, pathetic excuse for any leadership role. But he's so entertaining.

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“It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty. It is a time to reclaim the constitution,” . . . "The 44-year-old Tea Party favorite from Texas chose Liberty University, the sprawling Christian evangelical bastion founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell" - article

Teddy 'the-sky-is-falling' Cruz has nailed his appeal to a cross and he carries his abiding faith on his sleeve. What Mr. Cruz has so wrong is his basic assessment of the American voter. Mr. Cruz thinks the population is clamoring for his ultra narrow and duplicitous resume. Chicken little at leaste had evidence.

Shrieking his worried fears and outrageous demonizations Cruz meanders the edges of reality shouting into the canyon between him and the mentally stable. Surrounded by demons, poor Mr. Cruz steps bravely forward carrying his message of religious law supplanting civil law with judges replaced by his priests.

So far out his views, some are still held spell bound by Cruz's proclamation that the UN is behind the hobbit house conspiracy. Yes, wise Mr. Cruz still believes the U.N. is implementing an initiative called Agenda 21.

From this, Ted leaps to the Constitution. Agenda 21 Hobbit Houses = Attack on the Constitution.

Ted thinks his reasoning is state of the art, but a Hobbit House conspiracy? And this is the guy who knows where and from whom the Constitution is under assault? A couple of mics of Thorazine is what they usually prescribe for Hobbit House Constitution delusions.

Still, Ted carries his banner and angry disposition to every function and groveling, mouthing his Constitution and Hobbit House certainty. It would all be so very much more amusing if Ted were to adopt some kind of gimmick, like Santorium's sweater vest.

Maybe something closer to the sideshow variety snake oil salesmen have thrived in for some many long and happy years. So far, a pinched angry beady eyed hostility seems to be serving him well, according to his supporter.

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It does not matter if he is liberal or conservative or Chrstian or Atheist or Lipton tea drinker or coffee drinker. He is not a natural born Amerirican citizen, In order to make Republican win,Gop folks should elect natural born Gop member. Otherwise, Hillary will be Madam President even she has e-mail troubles.

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"Cruz joined George W Bush’s legal team to argue the 2000 Florida presidential recount." - article

“Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” he said. “Imagine instead, millions of people across America coming out to the polls and voting our values.” - article

The cancer has metastasized.

People of Faith who can stomach the deceptions of Bush-Cruz aren't. Cruz is succinctly saying a religious base can overturn the Constitution, Federal Law or any provision of any previous Government to satisfy their god concept.

The overt insularity of this narrowly cast net reinforces the conclusion many have already drawn; Ted Cruz is way too far away from having all his marbles.

In yet another series of blunders Cruz has again alienated more voters than he has included. Some, frankly, don't want a religious council sitting at Town Hall. And that is what Mr. Cruz represents in their minds. And that is no one's doing except Mr. Cruz.

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Are Christ's teachings in approval with the abuse of corporate power we see today? ...

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Corporate power? I think you refer to individual wealth. Their doin the driving! Collectively and in the coorporate positions they sit on are key to change or not.

Hierarchy exists, always did, always will. The sad component is the value we place on money. Without money many of these people are useless. I'd prefer to know the Scientists, Mechanics and Engineers. Without them the world could slow to a crawl. All the money in the world couldn't help without beneficial and applicable knowledge. ...applied effectively!

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Good comment, Mark. Also I would add that I don't want equality of outcomes, but equality of opportunity has gotten much worse, especially since 1980.

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MarkG - 09:37AM JST "All the money in the world couldn't help without beneficial and applicable knowledge. ...applied effectively!"

Outstanding.

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Mr Bum-

"I Googled "Elizabeth Warren lies" and found your source. FYI, Ann Coultair is not exactly a quality source of information."

I never said that was my source....that was simply the only one you could find...

From the Atlantic-

" she described herself as a minority in a law school directory and was touted as a Native American faculty member while tenured at Harvard Law School in the mid-1990s. Warren has described herself as having Cherokee and Delaware Indian ancestry."

when, if she is at all (and still no evidence found, after 3 years) she is 1/32 Cherokee, not enough to register at Harvard as 'a minority'.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society-

"The New England Historic Genealogical Society backtracked on Warren's ancestry in a statement Tuesday, saying the group has "no proof that Elizabeth Warren's great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent" and that the Society "has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is."

As for the cookbook, she stole recipes from a La Pavilion chef and passed them off as her own. Plagiarism is wrong, or is it just wrong when conservatives do it?

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