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Ted Cruz to Announce Presidential Bid Tomorrow; Patterico Announces Support for Ted Cruz Today

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:58 pm

None of this exploratory commitee crap for Sen. Cruz. As Dana notes below, Sen. Cruz’s announcement should come tomorrow. Here’s the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday that he’s running for president.

The Texas Republican plans to make the announcement while speaking at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the Washington Examiner confirmed. Sources told the Houston Chronicle, which first reported the news early Sunday morning, that he’ll skip over the traditional step of creating an exploratory committee and go straight to a full-on presidential run.

The move will make Cruz, who came to national prominence in part for his 2013 filibuster on the Senate floor against Obamacare, the first GOP presidential candidate. Possible challengers in his field may include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

I’m pleased as punch about this, and I’ll say it now: I endorse Ted Cruz. This is the first opportunity I have had, hell, probably since I started this blog to endorse a presidential candidate whom I support wholeheartedly. If he has decided not to wait to announce, then why should I wait to endorse him?

P.S. If you’re on Twitter, please retweet this:

Sen. Ted Cruz Unfit To Run For President Because He Questions The Science On Climate Change

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:52 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Tomorrow is looking like it will be a big day for Ted Cruz. In a speech to be delivered at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, he is expected to formally announce he is throwing his hat in the ring and running for president in 2016. He will be the first major candidate to do so.

With that, the left is wasting no time in warning voters about his “extreme” views. Some even going so far as to ridiculously claim he is unfit to be a candidate. All because of his stand on climate change:

“That man betokens such a level of ignorance and a direct falsification of the existing scientific data. It’s shocking and I think that man has rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office.”

It’s unsurprising when you consider the left’s fealty to climate change. Believe, or pay the price:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.

This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing about it, into a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds.

State governments will either have to agree that man-made global warming is real and come up with acceptable plans using taxpayer money to combat its impact or risk losing millions in relief monies.

Again, no surprise that this will not be open to public scrutiny or debate. As the report points out, FEMA is an unelected body, yet they will determine whether to withhold federal money if states aren’t meeting the new standard.

When we have the President of the United States asserting that there is no greater threat facing future generations than climate change, and gets testy when reporters deign to ask him about actual greater threats like negotiations with Iran when he just wants to talk about climate change, the presence of a reasonable Ted Cruz in the ring will likely aid in cutting through such noxious emissions of gas and hot air.


Not While I’m Talking!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:53 am

[guest post by Dana]

Two snubs? What do you think?

(Watch the entire video as there is a second “moment” after a repeat of the first one.)


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