Ted Cruz is #AnyoneButTrump
Ted Cruz is not out of the race yet, and he stands to be the one Republican presidential candidate to have a chance at beating Trump for the nomination. Cruz could win the nomination because he is an establishment politician with deeply rooted conservative views, whereas Trump lacks the same experience, solidarity, and reliability as Cruz.
Ted Cruz was a successful academic as he graduated from Princeton University in 1992 and then from Harvard Law in 1995. He was the first Hispanic and longest-standing solicitor general in Texas. He’s also worked as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, as an associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic policy advisor to G. W. Bush, an adjunct law professor, and junior senator.
As a presidential candidate, Cruz primarily appeals to social conservatives, though he has some followers who consider themselves libertarian conservatives as well. Cruz fights for the right; Interestingly, Cruz has argued before the Supreme Court nine times more than any practicing Texan lawyer or current member of Congress. Cruz has also sponsored 25 of his own bills ranging in subjects from S.177, a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to S.2170, a bill to increase coal, natural gas, and crude oil exports, to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, and to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, among other things.
When it comes to likeability within his own party, Cruz does not score well. He hasn’t exactly made friends with fellow Republican politicians. He speaks harshly from time to time, and has created some enemies within the party for his strong views and critiques of others’ views and decisions. Washington Post writer Chris Cillizza describes the Republicans’ view of Cruz as “a grandstander with little interest in the niceties of politics,” yet he has gained the support of many of them in time. He has the endorsements of Bush, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Lindsey Graham.
Ted has run primarily on his socially conservative stance. He is strongly pro-life, pro-free trade, pro-death penalty, anti- same-sex marriage and unions, pro-guns, and anti-immigration reform. He rejects climate change and believes evidence doesn’t support global warming. On Foreign policy, he views the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba as a mistake and he believes the U.S. should have no personal concern or interference in relation to Syria. When he considers the present state of most Republicans, he expresses discontent, as most are leaning towards more moderate stances—“surrendering your principles and agreeing with the Democrats.” Whereas establishment Republicans fall in the middle ground, far-rights like Tea-Party members are more on Cruz’s side.
Understanding Cruz’s stance is as simple as 1-2-3. Cruz was once quoted as encouraging three things:
“Number one, I’m going to encourage each and every man and woman here to pray. If ever there was an issue on which we should come to our knees to God about, it is preserving marriage of one man and one woman. And this is an issue on which we need as many praying warriors are possible to turn back the tide.”
“A second thing I’ll tell you… We need to stand and defend marriage, and we need to defend the prerogative of the citizens of Texas to determine what marriage really means in the state of Texas.”
“And the third thing we need to do is we need to rise up and we need to turn this country around.”
As nearly all other Republicans have trickled out of the race with the rising of Trump, Cruz is resting on the notion that he is the one Republican who could possibly beat him. Support for Cruz has doubled, rising from 19% to 38% as others have steadily dropped out. The gap between Trump and Cruz is slowly narrowing according to the latest polls. Still, Trump leads with 754 delegates to Cruz’s 465 and Kasich’s 146. Although Cruz once polarized conservative politicians, now he seems to be pulling them together in response to Trump. As one GOP operative anonymously commented, “People think we lose with Cruz, but we don’t lose everything. He’s still a real Republican. We don’t lose the House and Senate with Cruz. We don’t lose our soul as a party and we can recover in four years, and I’m not sure people think we can recover from Donald Trump.” In other words, even if he isn’t perfect, Cruz is likely the most viable candidate to sustain the Republican Party. As the popular hastag says, “#AnyoneButTrump.