By Thomas Madison
On Tuesday, when asked about his choice for a running mate, Donald Trump didn’t hesitate in answering. Ted Cruz.
Cruz is a smart dude! When fellow presidential hopefuls Graham, Perry, Bush, and Jindal decided that their best move was to slam and insult the front runner, Donald Trump, who dispatched them post-haste to the round bin (may they rest in peace), Cruz flew to New York to congratulate Trump, and ostensibly to discuss a future political affiliation (running mate). Cruz has refused to participate in the Trump bashfest, a tactic that has paid huge dividends.
Powdered Wig reported months ago that Cruz was the front runner for Trump’s VP slot.
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Cruz is a perfect running mate for Trump for the following reasons:
- Cruz has no chance of receiving the 2016 presidential nomination. Notwithstanding his position as the Tea Party darling, that is where his following begins and ends. Outside the Tea Party, Cruz is hated by both parties, including his own, and considered a troublemaker.
- Cruz is currently two years into his first term as Texas’ junior senator. He has virtually NO executive experience, in fact the same experience that candidate Barack Hussein had in 2008 (how has that worked out?). The rest of Cruz’s career has consisted of one legal staff position or another in the government.
- Cruz brings a built-in support base of Tea Party conservatives and constitutionalists.
- Most importantly, and this is why Cruz made the wise move supporting Trump, Cruz will only be 53 years old in 2024. As Trump’s veep, he will have gained the top-level experience he currently lacks, and will be considered heir apparent to the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. And he will make a fine, seasoned, and ready presidential candidate.
- Cruz is a constitutional scholar. He will keep the Trump administration on the straight and narrow when it comes to constitutional issues.
- Cruz has learned much from Donald Trump already. In eight years he will learn a lot more.
About the only thing Cruz can do to mess up his future is to calculate that he, in fact, has a chance at receiving the 2016 Republican presidential nomination (poor calculating), turn on The Donald, and attack him. Otherwise, Ted Cruz could be inaugurated as president in 2025.
From Mark Hensch, The Hill
Donald Trump on Tuesday named Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) when asked about his possible running mate in 2016.
“Ted Cruz is now agreeing with me 100 percent,” he said when asked about his vice presidential pick, according to Lifezette.
“Well, I like him,” Trump told radio host Laura Ingraham during her broadcast. “He’s backed everything I’ve said.”
Unlike most of the Republican presidential hopefuls, Cruz has mostly refrained from attacking Trump, even appearing alongside him at a rally in September against the Iran nuclear deal.
The pair has also struck similar tones on topics such as border security and illegal immigration.
Still, Trump suggested late Monday that he will turn on Cruz if he becomes a threat to his front-runner status.
“If he catches on, I guess we’ll have to go to war,” he told host Joe Kernen on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
Cruz and Trump are also on the same page in opposing President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. Trump on Tuesday said Germany’s decision to accept the refugees is going to “destroy” that country.
“Look what [Angela] Merkel has done in Germany,” he said, citing the German chancellor’s resettlement plan for as many as 800,000 Syrians.
“Taking these people is absolute insanity,” Trump added. “There are going to be riots over there.”
Trump said Obama should worry about defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) first.
“He’s supposed to be a cheerleader for this country, [but] he just acts like a defeated man,” he said.