Cruz Wins Latest Presidential Straw Poll

May 31, 2014 23:54 pm

by Tim Darnell · 24 comments

According to the AP, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the latest 2016 presidential straw poll at a conservative summit in Louisiana.

Cruz took 30 percent of the vote at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Gov. Rick Perry trailed Cruz and Carson in the poll.

Here’s Cruz’s full speech at the conference –

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c_murrayiii June 1, 2014 at 12:37 am

If these folks think this is the best the GOP can offer in 2016, I hope they are comfortable saying “President Clinton” again.

John Konop June 1, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Of the 4 canadates listed Rand Paul would have the best shot against Hillary unless he gets pulled into the craziness….The other 3 the Clinton crowd would donte money for them to win the GOP nomination. Ted Cruz has been a gift to the Dems…..The more he stays in the race harder he hurts the party…..The Ted Cruz side of the GOP killed Romney…..The no compromise on immigration, birth control, gays, no infastructure spending…..side of the GOP is hurting the party….The adults need to get the crazies under control…..

seenbetrdayz June 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

But didn’t Romney: support compromise on immigration, didn’t support birth control, supported gay rights, and infrastructure spending?

If that’s truly what voters want, then he should have won. So . . . wouldn’t it mean that the Romney side is hurting the party, by throwing up candidates who can’t win?

(just saying it’s a bit unfair to blame it on the “crazies” when the “normals” have been 0 for 2 on presidential elections so far, besides, Romney killed Romney, because he couldn’t hold a consistent position for more than 5 minutes)

John Konop June 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

No he flip flop on the issues…..Governor Romney was for the above….running for the white house he did not……They cannot win because they are forced into pandering to the side that guarantees a loss…..The best thing for the GOP is to have Cruz run…..so that side of the party wil get it….ie Dems had the same issue with the George McGovern side of thier party….led to Nixon landslide….opened up Blue Dog Dems on the ticket…..Dems do not have Dennis Kasinich side of the party really saying much….Look at Nunn…..she is running as a moderate….look at the numbers….Still think it is tough road, but in a few cycles candidates like her will win in Georgia……the numbers are clear….

c_murrayiii June 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Do you think George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan are anti-immigration, anti-birth control, and anti-infrastructure spending? Because they are the kinds of Republicans who can win national races, whereas I have never seen a guy like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul win a national race. And we’ve had plenty on offer. And sure, in 2004, you could win and still be strongly anti-gay rights. I don’t think you could do that today.

seenbetrdayz June 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

Could it be that you’ve never seen guys like Ted Cruz or Rand Paul win a national race because they’ve never been given a chance? The GOP establishment practically held a coronation for Romney at the 2012 convention, only to have him go on to get clobbered in the general election. We were told that Romney was the one to beat Obama. Somebody lied, obviously. The left glanced at the results and proclaimed Romney was ‘too far right’ but his record showed he was actually more to the ‘left’ than most democrats, so that argument doesn’t stick.

Perhaps the GOP should nominate a Ted Cruz or a Rand Paul and actually try them against someone like Hillary Clinton before saying ‘they can’t win.’ How do you know what will or won’t work until you try? It sure beats ‘trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’ (which Einstein defined as insanity).

David C June 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

Every convention’s a coronation for the nominee though. There hasn’t been a real fight going into a convention since Reagan-Ford in 1976, and no convention has needed a second ballot since 1952. You could say the primaries were a ‘coronation’ but it seemed like a very begrudging affair. Pygmie after pygmie (Cain, Perry, Santorum, Gingrich) kept becoming the flavor of the month for the party faithful until they begrudgingly chose Romney as the best of a bad lot.

c_murrayiii June 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

They do have a chance, in the primary. And people like Cruz might win a state or two, but they lose in the end. Conventions are coronations, because the primary and caucus voters decide the nominee now in all reality. Its not like some evil wizard behind a green curtain is deciding who the GOP nominee is (your “establishment” I suppose). Its the voters in the primary, who typically represent the majority of self-identified Republicans.

Three Jack June 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

“The Ted Cruz side of the GOP killed Romney” – Hardly. Romney killed Romney when he signed RomneyCare into law in Massachusetts.

John Konop June 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

It makes no sense since Obama won…..Obviously if Obamcare was a real cornerstone issue against Obama he would not be president.

xdog June 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

OK, Ted Cruz wins the straw poll. He loudly opposes all efforts at immigration reform, calling it ‘amnesty’.

Phil Robertson was a keynote speaker at the conference. He’s the Duck Dynasty guy who became a hero/martyr to goper faithful for saying gays were gross and blacks actually did all right during Jim Crow.

Bobby Jindal followed Robertson and bragged he was ‘one of his loudest and earliest defenders.’

The face of the new inclusive gop looks a lot like the old one.

c_murrayiii is right. Clinton wins in a romp if she runs. Hell, they could beat this bunch running Elizabeth Warren and Keith Ellison.

Dave Bearse June 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Phil said he was surprised to be chosen to speak at the event. “I’m not a political person,” he said. “I guess the GOP may be more desperate than I thought to call somebody like me.”

Harry June 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I’m sure the Democrats would love to control the GOP’s nominating process. Let’s get 2014 out of the way first, then worry about 2016!

c_murrayiii June 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

They would, and the person they would pick to run against is someone like Ted Cruz. Just like they wanted Broun to run against in the Senate race.

Harry June 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

And I’ve written off Chris Christie for the same reason. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Harry June 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm
MattMD June 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Might as well give them a try since nobody else has made it work!

Dave Bearse June 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Runnerup Ben Carson on Fox News Saturday said: “I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider.”

The party of no delights in government failure.

MattMD June 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I’d write in Tom Cruise before I’d vote for a Ted Cruz.

Harry June 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Why not just vote for Hillary?

MattMD June 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I would never vote for her but if we start doing another clown circus then she will be President. Hell, she should be 100 and win.

Bring me another Eisenhower! Even Nixon if he stopped being so paranoid.

northside101 June 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Reminds me of the old Molly Hatchett song, “Flirting with disaster”. This time, we could add “political” before disaster. I somehow doubt Mr. Cruz would win any of the 18 states (worth a combined 242 electoral votes) that have voted Democratic in the last 6 presidential elections. Probably not either the 3 states (Iowa, New Hampshire and New Mexico) that have voted Democratic 5 of the last 6 times. Add those two categories, and a Democratic presidential candidate in theory has 257 electoral votes likely in their favor going into 2016. And I’m not sure the country is ready for another Texan—LBJ in the 1960s gave us Vietnam and a vastly expanded bureaucary, Bush Sr, 20 years later changed his mind on taxes and was booted after a recession, and Bush Jr. gave us a war that paved the way for a Democratic Congress and Obama, which led us to Obamacare. Maybe try someone from the Midwest, like a Scott Walker or Rick Snyder (governors respectively of Wisconsin and Michigan). And no, seebtrdyz, Romney was not “clobbered” in 2012—he lost by a 51-47% margin. Hardly the stuff of landslides. Yes, he lost the Electoral College in a landslide,,332-206, but that is because most of the large states favor the Democrats. Certainly no matter whom the Republicans nominate, California (55 electoral votes), New York (29 electoral votes) and Illinois (20) are going to back the Democratic candidate, especially if it is Hillary.

Dave Bearse June 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

Your the vote numbers guy, but I think it unlikely we’re ever going to see Presidential races outside 52-53 to 46 for the forseeable future, e.g. 52-46 in a Presidential race now constitutes a very solid victory. Polling results and focus group and feedback to campaigns are now so good and so fast that candidates can quickly and precisely adjust messaging. The GOP’s primary problem is that they’re having message to an extremist base in the nominating process, and can’t distance themselves from those messages for the general.

George Chidi June 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Romney got slaughtered. Whatever else you think of that race, try to understand that the 52-47 result is like a football game that looked almost close, only it wasn’t because the winning team gave up points in garbage time.

Obama was so far ahead at the end that Democrats started shifting money and organizational weight into Senate and House races — Akin and Mourdock — and used the cushion to pick up seats.

Romney was covered in more shellac than a china cabinet.