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Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign Announcement

C-SPAN
3/23/2015

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He made the announcement from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

 
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The Washington Post has the transcript of the Senator’s speech here.
 

 
35 Things That Ted Cruz Asked Americans to Imagine as He Announced His Run for President. (video)

At Liberty University today, Sen. Ted Cruz asked the audience to “imagine” with him his personal story and the historic nature of the fight to restore America.

“I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States,” he said to a cheering crowd.

But what Cruz wanted the crowd to do most was to “imagine” a better future for America.

Here are the 35 things he asked the crowd to “imagine”…

 

 
On this date Patrick Henry delivered his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech at the Virginia convention in St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, 23 March 1775.

 

 
May 2013: Carville: ‘Ted Cruz Is the Most Talented and Fearless Republican Politician I’ve Seen in 30 Years’ (video)

…I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years. I further think that he’s going to run for president and he is going to create something. I’m not sitting here saying he’s going to win, and I think Senator DeMint is right. I’ve listened to excerpts of his speech in South Carolina. He touches every button, and this guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. And he is going to be something to watch…

 

 
The Internet Goes Berserk: Why People’s Heads Are Exploding Over Ted Cruz’s Speech Announcing His Candidacy

…But why are leftists’ heads exploding as well? I’ve got no doubt I know the answer: they fear him. Tremendously even. He is everything they oppose: a true, small-government conservative. And that’s not all; he’s also articulate, has a spine, and is highly educated. On top of all that, he’s one of the few Republican politicians who are able to energize the conservative base. That’s the same group of voters who stayed home in 2012 and 2008, thereby handing the presidency to Obama.

That’s why they’ve started to ridicule and humiliate him, and they’ll undoubtedly continue doing so in the days, weeks and months ahead. It comes straight out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

So, what do you think? Why are progressives responding so aggressively to Ted Cruz’s announcement?…

 

 
May 2013, Dershowitz: Ted Cruz Is an ‘Intelligent,’ ‘Principled’ Debater

…”He deeply believes what he’s doing,” Dershowitz said. “I don’t think of him so much as a tactical or strategic thinker. He’s deeply principled.”

Cruz believes he’s doing the right thing, Dershowitz said, though he said that doesn’t mean he’s always right.

“And he’s very hard to get off that principled argument. I saw that years ago when he was a student,” Dershowitz said. Cruz was not a compromiser and didn’t care about making friends by accepting what was considered politically correct.

“If you want to defeat Ted Cruz,” Dershowitz said, “you have to appeal to his principles, not to his tactics.”…

 

 
Update: Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz’s Dazzling Announcement Speech Scared the Heck Out of the Left

…So I’m watching this speech today and it is flat-out amazing. And I’m watching, as important to me, the Drive-By reaction afterwards. We’ve got the sound bites here. Just stand by. On CNN they went through the litany of things that I just rattled off as, why, he hasn’t done anything. Why, he may have a strange birth certificate. And they were dead serious, that he doesn’t have enough experience, everything I just read to you. But they were amazed, they were amazed that he did that whole speech without a prompter. They couldn’t believe it.

You might think that’s not that big a deal. I’m not talking about the speech without a prompter. I’m saying the reaction to it. The Drive-By reaction to that speech without a prompter, they could not help but be dazzled, and they were. They were dazzled. They were impressed. They were so dazzled they were worried the guy is superhuman. There’s something not real about somebody who can do all of that without a prompter. So dependent on the teleprompter has become the inside-the-Beltway political culture that somebody who doesn’t need one is looked at with suspicion.

I kid you not on this…

 

 

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