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One on One with Ted Cruz in Miami: Sarah is Amazing. Why He Should Run.

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By Isabel Matos

“Sarah said God bless you. She wrote it,” I pointed to the picture, he leaned over, looked straight into my eyes and said: “She is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.” That was the brief exchange not caught on camera. It was the “moment”. His words were deliberate, genuine and unequivocal. He admires Sarah. The noise in the room, the glare of the lights, the chatter and commotion disappeared just for that moment. All of it. Gone. Frozen in time. It was awesome. He carefully chose where to sign his name, too, and did not ruin the little “treasure” which had traveled from Texas to Alaska, from Wasilla to Miami. What more can one ask?

Now on to politics. Why it’s a no-brainer for Ted Cruz to run for president.

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Ted Cruz should run for President for several reasons. He generates excitement and hope. He can energize crowds and engage voters in this effort.  It’s not just about electing him. Decency oozes out of him. He gets a bit flustered being off-stage (that could just be a logistical problem by organizers) but people are drawn to him.  Sarah is very comfortable off stage and in a crowd. She takes her time but Ted also is comfortable enough and has star power just like she does. He’s professorial but not stuffy.  He explains things in a way that people understand without feeling lectured to. I could listen to him for hours. Other adjectives come to mind: he is civil, respectful and statesmanlike. He elevates the discourse and connects with Republican voters as well as the base.  He merges them. His message is not a trap even though there is some pandering. I have a solid impression people like him. His Reagan-inspired oratory is uplifting and optimistic.  Did I mention he connects with Establishment voters? That is the key here. He is connecting with voters who left the party because the party left them.  In our neck of the woods, it means winning over Rubio Republicans.

Ted Cruz would raise his profile and get more recognition by running for president, increasing the value of his endorsements. His support of Sarah Palin for President would only help her because of that endorsement value. His style is anti-establishment but not to the point of turning off voters or making them feel there is too much change.  Too much change makes establishment voters nervous. He is definitely not GOPe but a Palin/Cruz ticket would be a good merger without compromising the grassroots cause. It’s a new day in America, and people are ready for a woman president, but those old male fogies and jealous Republican wives still have an issue with it and it’s too much of a risk.

This ticket would be exciting, attractive and filled with vision and promise. Ted is not threatened by strong women like GOPe cry babies (it is true!) He would bring out the best in her presidential run because he understands what she’s about yet would still be mindful of the (Rino) faction that needs to be dealt with, a faction he has dealt with for the last two years in D.C.  The two have obvious respect for one another. He may not have executive experience like she does, but no matter what Ted does we will all be better served by it.  Sarah is my first and has been my only choice for the presidency since 2012. It would be a shame to dismiss Ted Cruz as a presidential nominee who would help her revive the party of Ronald Reagan which so many have always been in support of.

There is hope with a team like Sarah and Ted. It is almost too exciting to think about. We can be secure again under the leadership of these two courageous and centered individuals. They will help restore our greatness and bring the power of the people back to the city on a hill to make it shine even brighter than before.

Ted Cruz renounced his citizenship from Canada

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Video: Cruz Woos Miami ‘Republicanos’

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by Isabel Matos

REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY 

2014 LINCOLN DAY DINNER – KEYNOTE – SENATOR TED CRUZ

It was reported that Marco Rubio had turned down the opportunity to deliver the keynote speech at Friday night’s event. He instead made a taped appearance at the beginning, while Ted won over the 500-plus Republicans he left behind. Cruz’s speech focused on criticizing Obama, which he framed as follows:

How we can turn this nation around:

1. Champion Growth and Opportunity

2. Defend the Constitution

3. Restore America’s Leadership

Highlights from the speech:

  • He criticized NSA spying, asked all to turn their phones on to make sure Obama listened to every word he said.
  • He called his foreign policy “feckless and naïve.”
  • “Like many people in this room, my dad was born in Cuba, in Matanzas, and like many people in this room, he experienced oppression in Cuba. He was thrown in prison in tortured by Batista. And his sister was thrown in prison and tortured by Castro.”
  • Cruz asked “everyone in this room who is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, please stand up,” nearly everyone (500 plus attendees) did.
  • Miami-Dade is the only major urban county in the country where a majority of the GOP, 72 percent, is Hispanic, nearly all Cuban.
  • He was introduced and came on stage with “The Yellow Rose of Texas” playing.
  • He boasted about the San Antonio spurs NBA win over the Miami Heat, earning a few good-natured boos.

Ted Cruz gave a shout out to Rubio but did not mention him by name when talking about “amnesty” which provides a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. He said:

Amnesty — No. 1 — is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants to the millions of men and women and children who waited in line years, sometimes decades. But — No. 2 — Amnesty inevitably encourages more illegal immigration.” Cruz laid the blame for the failure of comprehensive immigration reform at the feet of Democrats, whom he accused of having an all-or-nothing approach to the issue because they insist on a path to citizenship. Governor Rick Scott, who recently passed giving illegals instate tuition, was not present.

Cruz is not perfect but he seems like a reasonable enough person who would #listen to what if anything we had to say about either amnesty or any other issue. It seems he has listened. As far as I know (I would be the first to share it if it was so) US Chamber of Commerce has not approached him like it has others. He may or may not be tied (still) in some ways to the Bushes. Being from Texas I wouldn’t be surprised; however, we must always be aware of what is going on.
To run for president obviously one needs money. Without it there is no way to win (unless you’re in Virginia running against Eric Cantor).  But money is one thing and corruption is another.  We shall wait to see what happens.  There is still plenty of time to vet the potential 2016 candidates. I can say for certain that anyone who dismisses the excitement Ted generated on FRIDAY night or who walked away feeling pessimistic or anxious about the future if they were there is just not paying attention. The last post has ruffled some feathers already.
Here is a picture of supporters who were outside the Hilton just to greet Ted Cruz with a big welcome. They got a thank-you invite to attend the event. Not bad considering each seat was $100.
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