In the footnote of this blog is a list of "the details," i.e. all of the homework I did to come to this conclusion. These speeches and interviews total about 3 to 3.5 hours. If all of that seems like too much to duplicate, please go to Ted Cruz's Facebook page. There is a nice 8 minute summary speech given at the Linn County Super Caucus that was posted on Monday February 1, 7:43pm. In business we call this an "executive summary."
Yes, Cruz can have a blustery personality. He can also come across as tough and unyielding. But politics today is an emotionally violent business. Don’t we need someone tough and unyielding at the helm to defend religious liberty, life, and family? The coming attacks will be ruthless in ways we cannot even imagine.
I truly believe Senator Cruz is for real and meets the full qualification of “the most conservative candidate who can win.” Please do not listen to ANYONE who says "Cruz can't win," i.e. CNN, Fox, or the RNC or anyone who listens to these guys. That is what they tried to tell Iowa and...CRUZ JUST WON IOWA! In fact, he won more votes in the Iowa caucus than any other Republican in history. And he did it by not allowing the media to define him. He was on the ground meeting people, talking with them, and listening. As far as I know, he is the only candidate who visited every county in the state.
I know Senator Cruz’s personality can be off-putting sometimes, but that is because he is so smart and tough. Shouldn’t compassionate conservatives agree that right now what this country needs is a leader who, more than anything else, smart and tough?
In the end, my support for Senator Ted Cruz boils down to two things. These two things are, in my view, the two most important things a president should know, 1) the Bible and 2) the Constitution. If you choose to do even a little of the same homework I did you will see that the Senator understands both of these better than any other candidate in this race, including Senator Rubio. That is how Cruz earned my vote.
Footnote: The Details
- The Prestonwood Baptist Presidential Forum, Part 1, minute 34:45 to 1:08ish (http://www.prestonwood.org/north-texas-presidential-forum). His speech was short and sweet, but what I liked most was the Q&A with Pastor Graham. Of all the candidates I watched at this forum, next to Ben Carson, I was most impressed with Senator Cruz. (I was also disappointed that Senator Rubio was a no-show.) After listening to a the aforementioned candidates who were at this forum, Mr. Cruz became my soft #2.
- The Glenn Beck Program: A Conversation with Ted Cruz, October 26, 2015, (I know Glenn can be irritating, too, but, again, please get past the personality and into the substance): http://www.video.theblaze.com/video/v522620283/1026-glenn-beck-program Glenn can ask hard questions and he did. It was during this program Mr. Cruz became my solid #2. If you do not have TheBlaze it is worth spending $1 for the 30 day trial just to watch the interviews with all the candidates. He interviews Rubio, Fiorina, Carson, Paul, Santorum, and Jindel (I think). I am not sure which ones are still posted.
- Speech given at Ankeny, Iowa. Available on Glenn Beck’s Facebook page dated January 23 at 2:13pm. Intro by Glenn Beck starts at about 47:00 minute mark. If interested, Glenn Beck’s speech at this rally is very good—informative, enlightening, and passionate. It starts about minute 8:00.
- Very similar to 3), but not as moving as Ankeny: Speech given at Waterloo, Iowa beginning about hour/minute 1:19 with GB intro: http://www.c-span.org/video/?403551-1/ted-cruz-campaign-rally-waterloo-iowa (Glenn’s full speech starts at minute 24:00).