You knew it was coming. I knew it was coming. Sen. Ted Cruz has been so outstanding in his short tenure in the U.S. Senate, a groundswell of support is pushing him to consider a run for President in 2016. Not only would Cruz be the ideal choice, he would at least pick up 3M votes immediately of those that stayed home in not voting for Mitt Romney in 2012. Sen Cruz seems to have one things that the others do not have right now and that’s a solid following that is unwavering. Don’t get me wrong, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and Rand Paul are the choices that can also provide a formidable challenge to the Democrats but Cruz has “IT”:
NATIONAL REVIEW – Robert Costa: Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.
Cruz won’t talk about it publicly, and even privately he’s cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.
“If you don’t think this is real, then you’re not paying attention,” says a Republican insider. “Cruz already has grassroots on his side, and in this climate, that’s all he may need.”
“There’s not a lot of hesitation there,” adds a Cruz donor who has known the Texan for decades. “He’s fearless.”
For the moment, Cruz’s inner circle is small: mostly aides from his Senate campaign; his father, Rafael; and his wife, Heidi. They didn’t plan on having these presidential conversations so early in his first term. Yet Cruz’s rapid ascent and a flurry of entreaties from conservative leaders have stoked their interest — and Cruz’s.
“Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” says a longtime Cruz associate. “This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. It’s just building on its own.”
Behind the scenes, there is a palpable fear on the right that the GOP will nominate a moderate Republican in 2016. There’s also growing unease with the field of likely contenders.
Enter Cruz. His supporters argue that he’d be a Barry Goldwater type — a nominee who would rattle the Republican establishment and reconnect the party with its base – but with better electoral results. . . . Read More