2016 Election, Donald Trump, Elections, NewsEdge, Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz cozies up to Donald Trump, aims for his supporters

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cruz-trump1ATLANTA (AP) — As other Republican presidential candidates go after Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is getting cozy with him. The two men are in a so-far cordial competition for many of the same anti-establishment conservatives, and they’re about to share a stage.

On Wednesday, at Cruz’s invitation, Trump is to appear with him at a Capitol Hill rally protesting the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

One of 16 GOP candidates looking up at Trump in the polls, Cruz says the invitation was only to attract more attention to objections to the “catastrophic” deal. “Wherever Donald goes, the media follow in droves,” Cruz told The Associated Press. Any suggestion that the joint appearance has deeper meaning would be a “political horse game,” he said.

Yet Cruz, the tea party hero who helped shut the federal government in 2013, needs the same frustrated voters who have pushed Trump to a surprising lead five months before primary voting begins. If it takes a shared stage to convince those conservatives that he should be their choice, so be it.

Cruz has stood out for his refusal to criticize Trump. Among other presidential contenders, Rick Perry called Trump a “cancer” on conservatism, Rand Paul has called attention to the billionaire’s friendship with Democrats Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Jeb Bush has branded Trump’s rhetoric on immigration “ugly” and “divisive.”

“An awful lot of presidential candidates,” Cruz said, “have gone out of their way to take a stick to Donald Trump.”

“I am not one of them.”

Instead, he credits Trump with “shining a light” on an immigration crisis and getting conservatives excited.

“Look, I like Donald Trump, and I am glad Donald Trump is in this election,” he said at a recent stop in South Carolina.

Yet he said: “There will come a time as this campaign goes forward for additional policy differences and differentiation.” And his standard campaign pitch — which he has not changed through Trump’s rise — contains the seeds of what could emerge as an argument against Trump when the time for comity passes.

In every speech and almost every interview, Cruz hammers “the Washington cartel.” His definition: “Anyone who stands with the career politicians in both parties” and gets “in bed with the lobbyists and the special interests.” That’s how the establishment operates, Cruz says.

Trump admits that he has played by those rules, explaining his history of campaign contributions across the political spectrum this way: “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

Cruz praises Trump for his focus on immigration, though suggests he was there first, back when all his rivals “supported amnesty.”

“Illegal immigration has been an issue I have been leading the fight on for many years,” he says.

Trump has shifted his positions over the years and has supported ways of granting legal status to people who are in the U.S. illegally. Even now, his call to deport everyone who is in the U.S. illegally but let “the good ones” return quickly is considered a form of amnesty by some conservatives — not to mention impractical in the eyes of many.

And the core of Cruz’s argument is that he’s a “consistent conservative day in and day out.”

“With me, you know what you’re gonna get,” he says.

Trump has never held office, so he’s not one of Cruz’s standard targets: the “campaign conservatives” who “say one thing and then do another.” But he’s certainly flip-flopped.

He now echoes the Republican call to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, but once advocated a single-payer health care system, an even farther reaching overhaul that Cruz assails as “wild-eyed socialism.”

Earlier in his business career, Trump endorsed income tax increases for top earners like himself. Cruz, though he has not released his tax plan, delights his crowds with visions of abolishing the Internal Revenue Service.

Trump also shifted his position on abortion rights, which he once supported, while Cruz has consistently opposed them and vows a Justice Department investigation of Planned Parenthood, the women’s health organization that provides abortion services, on his first day in office.

While both men have drawn support from evangelical Christians, it is Cruz who sprinkles his pitch with Scripture and talks about his father “traveling the country to preach the Gospel.”

At least for now, however, Cruz seems content to let voters pick up on the distinctions themselves.

“Every one of us,” he tells them, “should ask any candidate who shows up in front of us, ‘You say you believe these principles. Prove it. When have you stood up and fought for it? When have you bled for it? And what have you accomplished?’ As the Scriptures say, you shall know them by their fruits.”

Associated Press writer Will Weissert contributed from Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • Raymond Miller

    Love them both. What a team they would make. A both of them will tell Obambam to sit down and shut up when he tries to save his disgraceful legacy.

  • THIS IS A HIT PIECE. OBJECTIVE SPLIT A JOINT VENTURE. CRUZ COZIES UP TO TRUMP. WHY IS CRUZ LESS THAN TRUMP? . HOW ABOUT TWO GREAT CANDIDATES PUT THEIR HEADS TOGETHER TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GET OUR MONEY BACK.

    THE MURDER OF 9 OF THE 12 APOSTLES.

    WHEN EVER THE COMMUNIST PRESS LIES TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE THEY NEVER MENTION OTHER CONTRIBUTING FACTORS. WHEN AN ATHEIST JOINED A CHRISTIAN PRAYER MEETING THEY NEVER MENTIONED THE FACT HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT ATHEIST. NOT ONLY A DRUG ADDICT BUT DRUGS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN IN THE PRESENCE OF A PSYCHIATRIST.

    BUT THE COMMUNIST GOAL WAS TO SEIZE ALL AMERICA’S GUNS. THEY WENT FOR A TWO FER. SHOWING CRAZY WITH A CONFEDERATE FLAG THE COMMUNISTS SHOUTED TAKE THAT DOWN ALSO. IN THE SAME PHOTO CRAZY WAS WEARING A GOLDIES GYM T SHIRT. NO ONE SHOUTED CLOSE DOWN GOLDIE’S. THE ONLY CARDS SHOWING WERE RACE CARDS. THE FLAG TO BE TAKEN DOWN WAS A REHEARSAL FOR THE REAL FLAG THEY WANTED TO BE STRUCK. THE AMERICAN FLAG.

    DID YOU KNOW 40 DAYS BEFORE 911 48 SENATORS ALMOST 50% OF THE SENATE VOTED TO BURN THE FLAG. THE COMMUNISTS CALLED IT FREEDOM OF SPEECH. THE REBEL FLAG COMES DOWN FIRST UNDER FALSE PRETENSES THEN THE AMERICAN FLAG AND FINALLY THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST. THE CROSS WHOSE SHADOW OF LOVE COVERED THE COFFINS OF THE 9 APOSTLES AND THREE SURVIVORS. STILL THEY LOVED UNTO DEATH. IT WAS NEVER ABOUT RACE IT WAS ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA WHICH MUST BE BROKEN.

    https://youtu.be/-boWmJelXaw

    SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY BOOK.

  • KayO

    As much as I love Trump’s zeal for putting America back on top with jobs, fixing the illegal immigration problem, and other such matters, I can’t bring myself to trust him on social matters such as abortion and forcing Christians to bow to the homosexual agenda. I just get the feeling that he’ll expect us to overlook those things if he puts enough money in our pockets. Cruz needs to separate from Trump.

  • Political View

    I really think they are ‘two peas in a pod’. just not twins 🙂

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  • jerry1944

    They do make a good pair But I will stick with T Cruz my first choice and Trump my second But after what he said about the LAW of the Land I will have to keep a eye on that Ted does sound more of a man that knows God than Trump does But when he said the law of the land thing does make one think .Like I have heard that of obambo care and the faggots ruling on marriage Both of which need changing And that law of the land makes me wonder if he will fight TO get rid of those

  • pkthornton

    I like both trump and cruz,together in whatever form could really begin to turn this country around.I tend to think (and I hope that I am right) that trump has learned from the experience of the recent out of control government situation we are in now and has grown to understand how he was wrong.many times life is a great teacher and seeing the consequences of the liberal policies I believe is turning many thinking americans much more conservative.I know it has me,at one time i believed in it all,but now I am more conservative than most of those who call themselves conservative today.I think both trump and cruz has the interest of the country at heart and anyone who truly has the interest of the country at heart and a track record of success as trump does has a real shot at fixing some of the problems we have today however,as far as this country has gone in the past 24 years it may be impossible for anyone to save it now.the problems of the national debt,as well as the total treasonous members of congress,the senate,and the supreme court have brought this country on the brink of total collapse and we have enemies called china,russia, the middle east,the united nations,europe and many other parts of the world that are ready to break our backs upon the perfect opportune time and their own desire and they will attack us when they feel will be the best time and way to bring us to our knees and right now though we dont see it yet we are ripe to be destroyed.we are teetering on a thread and if it is cut we are destroyed and there is nothing anyone can do about it.we have been going in that direction for many years, but the last 8 years has put us in a position of weakness that will take a miracle for us to recover from.no matter what we need strong,competent,leadership,and I think that trump,cruz,carsan and a few others working together for the true good of this nation,are the only hope for this nation.

  • MolokaiAdvertiserNews

    Are the candidates Natural Born Citizens of USA? That must be the #1 question for each candidate, and they must provide verifiable proof to be eligible for POTUS, lest voters make the same mistake they made voting for illegal alien usurper Barack Obama.

    Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Ben Carson, and Donald Trump top the list for me at this time. I wish Cruz would stay in the Senate where he is doing a great job for USA against Obama, because it appears that Sen. Ted Cruz is NOT a natural born Citizen of USA, therefore, like the illegal alien Usurper Obama, Cruz is NOT eligible for POTUS. Why doesn’t Cruz point out that Obama is an illegal alien criminal fraud who is usurping the Office of POTUS by way of I.D. Fraud with complicit Pelosi and DNC, et al and that Obama is NOT the POTUS regardless of his successful election fraud crimes, because Obama is NOT a Natural Born citizen of USA? Is it because Cruz is avoiding the fact that he too is NOT a Natural Born Citizen of USA and like Obama, NOT eligible for POTUS; and, apparently not even a lawful citizen of USA after discarding his Canadian citizenship? If Ted Cruz has no respect for the NBC requirement for POTUS that is required by the Constitution FOR the united States of America, then maybe all his patriotic sounding words are just BS political theater. Tell the Truth, Ted ! Are you a Natural Born Citizen of USA? If yes, I support you. Show me the PROOF !

    ARREST Obama to NDAA prison, immediately, as enemy jihadist infiltrater combatant.

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