Ted Cruz Running for President

In the least surprising news ever, Ted Cruz is going to announce on Monday that he is running for president, foregoing the usual announcement of an exploratory committee and just jumping straight into the race. As the first candidate to officially announce, he will get the right to ride shotgun in the Republican clown car.

Ted Cruz is first out the gate.

The first-term senator from Texas will announce Monday that he’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, CNN has confirmed from two aides to Cruz. He will make his official declaration in Lynchburg, Virginia, at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world.

The news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Cruz, 44, will be the first candidate to formally throw his hat in the ring for what’s expected to be a crowded GOP primary, with more than a dozen high-profile Republicans expressing serious interest in a White House run.

The truth is that Cruz has been running for president from the moment he joined the Senate in January, 2013. Everything he has done has been for a single purpose, to establish himself as the One True Conservative to appeal to the hardcore base and the Tea Party types that decide many primaries. That should play well in Iowa, not so well in New Hampshire and extremely well in the South.

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  • Pierce R. Butler

    Cruz/Palin 2016!

    No, Cruz/Joe the Plumber 2016!

    No, Cruz/Zimmerman 2016!

    No… !

  • John Pieret

    In other breaking news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still valiantly holding on in his fight to remain dead.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    First-term senator? That poor bastard! Fox News will crucify him over his lack of experience!!

  • jufulu

    @3 theschwa

    I don’t know, being a 1 term senator and having no history to speak of, that could hurt him, could provide an advantage.

  • Doug Little

    As the first candidate to officially announce, he will get the right to ride shotgun in the Republican clown car.

    Who’s driving the thing? Please tell me it’s the ghost of Ronnie Reagan, that would make my day.

  • colnago80

    I’m going to sound like a broken record but taking Cruz lightly is a serious error. When Cruz was a law student at Harvard, everybody who knew him, including his professors, said the same thing, even when they vehemently disagreed with him. He found him highly intelligent with former law professor Alan Dershowitz stating for the record that Cruz and Elizabeth Warren were the best students he ever had in class. In addition to being highly intelligent, Cruz has become a remarkable demagogue who would make Joe McCarthy and Huey Long green with envy if they were still alive. As I have stated on numerous occasions here and on other blogs, Cruz is, IMHO, the most dangerous man in the Rethuglican Party, given his combination of high intellect and sociopathic demagoguery.

  • raven

    What if he gets elected president?

    It’s not impossible. The US elected a genuinely dull witted one with an evil twin, Bush/Cheney and they wrecked the USA. Twice. The US came close to elected a Mormon Reptilian Shapeshifter, Romney.

    Alaska elected Palin governor. Texas elected Perry, Cruz, Gohmert, Barton. Wisconsin elected Walker three times and Wisconsin is failing big time. They have the most rapidly shrinking middle class of all 50 states. Brownback wrecked Kansas and was elected twice.

    See the pattern? Being dumb and extremist is no barrier to election in a lot of the USA these days. Wrecking the place is no barrier either.

    It’s the lemming syndrome. If half of 319 million lemmings want to run over a cliff, that is what they do.

    I’m just going to emigrate. Most likely mentally. At some point, one just has to spend more time with the cats, and occasionally raise a glass of wine to the former USA. And hope if the war mongers of the GOP start a war that goes nuclear, that we aren’t in a blast zone or a fallout pattern.

  • eric

    I’m going to sound like a broken record but taking Cruz lightly is a serious error.

    Well, taking whomever wins the primary lightly is a serious error because about 40% of the popular vote is locked-in Republican; partisans who wouldn’t change their vote even if the candidate was Bozo or died during the campaign (to be fair, another 35% of the popular vote is locked-in Dem).

    However, there are two things to remember. (1) it remains to be seen how any GOP candidate is going to deal with same sex marriage, which the Dems would be insane not to pound on throughout the entire election cycle. And (2) he has to win a little less than half of that undecided/independent group to win the whole enchilada.

  • lofgren

    Cruz is both intelligent and an effective demagogue, but given modern politics I think even having both is insufficient to lock in an election. Everything will hinge on how effectively he can convince the more level-headed in his party that his tack to the center will be successful. It’s certainly not impossible that he could take home the nomination, but I personally doubt it.

  • johnwoodford

    Everything will hinge on how effectively he can convince the more level-headed in his party that his tack to the center will be successful.

    That’s assuming he wants to, and I see little evidence of that in his behavior to date.

  • unnullifier
  • kenn

    What some of you are forgetting is that Ted Cruz is the most hated man in the Senate. Even his GOP colleagues can’t stand him. He will not win the nomination, because he will be unable to conceal his extremist views during the debates, and because his own party won’t support him.

  • lofgren

    @10 I agree, which is why I find it highly doubtful he will win the nomination. But it’s always possible he’s just playing a really canny game of politics. Although I find it more likely that he has a really canny accounting trick to make himself rich off of campaign donations and speaking fees.

  • Doug Little

    lofgren @13,

    Ding, ding, ding and we have a winner.

  • D. C. Sessions

    What some of you are forgetting is that Ted Cruz is the most hated man in the Senate. Even his GOP colleagues can’t stand him. He will not win the nomination, because he will be unable to conceal his extremist views during the debates, and because his own party won’t support him.

    That, or he’s calculated that he can win the nomination and has a good chance in the general election because Republicans will fall in line as they always do.

    Alternate hypothesis: he’s running for second place in the primaries, so as to get the usual Republican award of “runner up and heir apparent.” He is, after all, only 44. Waiting four years, or eight, still has him younger than most Presidents when elected for the first time.

  • lorn

    Wannna hear something really scary?

    Cruz/Cheney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peggy.clancy Peggy

    I don’t understand how he is even qualified. He was born in Canada, wasn’t he? Don’t US Presidents have to be born in the US?

  • ffakr

    Yet another day where I see no glimmer of this great intelligence that Ted Cruz is purported to be in command of.

    The doofus has been running for President since the day he took office in the Senate,.. probably since he was a bow-tie wearing 8 year-old right-wing nut job.

    It never occurred to him that maybe he should register http://tedcruz.com or http://tedcruzforAmerica.com ?

    I just checked out http://tedcruzforpresident.com and some fly by night registrar is squatting on it.

    Too funny.

  • ffakr

    @Peggy,

    Raphael “Ted” Cruz only needs to be a “natural born citizen” to be President. The problem with this requirement is that the Founding Fathers never bothered to explicitly tell us what makes someone “natural born”.

    You can find people who claim to know, state with absolute certainty you are natural born if..

    One of your parents is a US Citizen, or you were born on US Soil to parents who were or were not US Citizens..

    or..

    You are born in or out of the US but both your parents were US Citizens..

    or..

    You were born on US Territory [McCain was born on a military base in Panama.. technically US Soil] to one or two US Citizen Parents..

    or..

    You had to be born on US Soil with both of your Parents being born in the US before you..

    Basically, .. no one seems able to agree on this and I don’t think it’s been tested in the courts.

    In practice, the US has taken the more lax interpretations of this.

    The problem for the most ardent Obama-haters is that they’ve been forced to take the most extreme view of being “Natural Born” to try and argue that he’s not qualified to be President because both his parents weren’t US Citizens. I’ve seen at least one of them.. might have been Jerry Corsy say that Cruz can’t be President because both his Parents weren’t citizens and because he was born in Canada.

    I did hear one interesting point this past week though. Cruz’s mother emigrated to Canada before he was born. His father was a Cuban who emigrated to Canada. It’s entirely possible that his mother held dual citizenship. If, however, she renounced her US Citizenship prior to his birth.. that would make Cruz ineligible.

  • Anneliese

    Then there is the domain which seems to be owned by someone else.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    raven @ # 7: Texas elected Perry, Cruz, Gohmert, Barton.

    I don’t recall anything about David Barton having achieved any elective office in Texas or elsewhere, and so far haven’t found anything about this in any online biography. He did serve for several years as the vice-chair of the Texas Republication Party, but we can’t quite blame the whole state for that.

    Or did you have some other vile specimen of Politicus texasis republicanis horridus in mind?

  • raven

    I don’t recall anything about David Barton having achieved any elective office in Texas…

    Different Barton. Just as vile as David though.

    The one who apologized to BP for getting our gulf in the way of their oil.

  • raven

    Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes to BP’s Tony Hayward for White …

    www. cbsnews. com/…/rep-joe-barton-apologizes-to-bps-tony-hayward-fo…

    Jun 17, 2010 – Texas Republican Says $20 Billion Agreement Amounts to “Shakedown”; Calls it “Tragedy of the First Proportion”

    Next time an oil train crashes and burns, I’m sure he will apologize for having a town there to get destroyed.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    raven @ # 22 & 23 – I sit corrected.

    Dismayed and disgusted, but corrected.