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Senator Ted Cruz Testing the Waters in Iowa Soon for 2016 Presidential Run?

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Sen. Ted Cruz will be stepping out in Iowa next month to speak at a major conservative event, one of the strongest signs yet that he intends to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
(those who think he is not eligible need to watch this video... the legal opinion is that he is ELIGIBLE)

The tea party favorite from Texas is scheduled to address a March 18 home-schooling rally, following the paths of former presidential contenders who had popularity in the state’s critical primary caucuses, such as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, The Washington Post reports.

“Sen. Cruz is very supportive of educational freedom,” Vicki Crawford, an organizer for Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators, which is hosting the event, told the Post.

“He’s a perfect match for us. He’s been a courageous voice in the Senate,” she said, adding, “I think he’d be a wonderful choice to step into the ring in 2016.”

Cruz has traveled to Iowa several times this year for smaller events, and strategists say that early support from conservatives could be key to his success in the Hawkeye State, which hosts the first nominating contest of the presidential race, according to the Post.

“The home-school event will have hundreds of people there, it’s a huge event, and these are the people who organize, communicate, and build a ready-made foundation for any caucus campaign in Iowa,” Chuck Laudner, a veteran Iowa GOP consultant, told the Post.

“They are looped in, and they will fight for you, if you can win them over. I know a lot of them already like Cruz, and this will be a big forum — a red-letter date.”

Meanwhile, Cruz has had harsh words for Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “thug.”

“The direction he is taking Russia is very problematic,” Cruz said during an appearance Monday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, according to Breitbart.com. “He is systematically oppressing his people, but he is also taking advantage of President Obama’s foreign policy blunders to expand Russian influence.”

He said that U.S. negotiations with Putin should come from a position of strength, which the Obama administration has failed to do.

“There is very little that should be intimidating about a thug. And I guess I view this from the perspective of being the son of someone who fled from oppression from Cuba. And what Putin is doing in Russia bears similarities to what Castro has done to Cuba.”

A recent Washington Post-ABC poll on possible presidential candidates put Cruz in the lead among Tea Party supporters with 28 percent, but in fourth place among Republicans nationally at 12 percent, coming in behind Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Read more at http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Ted-Cruz-Iowa-Putin-election/2014/02/11/id/552087

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  • JBKonya104

    He would definitely be a Front-runner…but can he pass the legal eligibility test? Obama was illegal….but he had corrupt people slip him by. I would vote for Ted!

  • Nicholas E. Purpura

    Sadly, by law Ted Cruz is not legally qualified — would I vote for him if he were – absolutely — He would do more for our country by remaining in the Senate and not causing an uproar by attempting to circumvent our laws — Running for President would be to make a mockery of our laws — he’d be no better than the usurper now occupying the oval office. We are either a Republic governed by law or are we to become a Banana Republic?

  • Jim Huston

    I think Ted Cruz would be a good president, but he is not a natural-born citizen, any more than Obama is, and for exactly the same reason: his father was a foreign national.

    Any legal opinions I have seen ignore the very clear definition of a natural-born citizen found in in “Law of Nations” by Emmerich deVatels, the 18th Century’s foremost authority on international law, affirmed by the Supreme Court opinions in Minor v. Happersett 88 U.S. 162 (1875) and U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark 169 U.S. 469 (1898). Both the majority and minority opinions in Wong Kim Ark arrive at the same conclusion regarding natural-born citizenship, the majority through common law and the minority through deVatels, citing the relevant passage from “Law of Nations”. For anyone with a functioning brain the Supreme Court has determined the eligibility of both Obama and Cruz not once, but twice.

    Senator Cruz would better serve us as Senate Majority Leader than by deliberately keeping open the suppurating Constitutional sore of eligibility.

  • Busdriver Bill

    Though it appears that Ted has all the right politics for us, I question his eligibility. May we please figure out what it takes to be eligible under the Constitution for the Presidency, before getting all enthusiastic over some one? (Isn’t it required to be born on US soil? With one US born parent? Wasn’t he born in Canada)? Booby-bama has muddied the waters on this issue.

  • kcir321

    He has my vote

  • Phil Bronner

    Alan Deshowitz aside….Cruz does NOT meet the Constitutional requirement of a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN…That requires that :
    #1. he be born in the United States…
    #2: of parents BOTH of whom are American Citizens.
    (that is both according to common law, on which our system of jurisprudence and the Constitution is based….and on SCOTUS decisions on other matters of Citizenship…where, when mentioned…the Supreme Court has NEVER applied the term “Natural Born Citizen” to any other category than “those born in a country of parents who are citizens thereof.”
    If Cruz is such a Constitutional Conservative…HE CERTAINLY knows that…
    If he runs…he’s no better than obama…And if endorsed by the Republican Party..they are no better than the democrat party as to the shredding of the Constitution and the original intent thereof.

  • charles17121

    Ted Cruz cannot run for US President or VP because he does not qualified to hold those offices under US Constitutional law Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution . I believe Ted Cruz knows he does not meat US Constitutional qualification to hold the office of US President or VP.

  • celticwaryor

    Jan Morgan, as a true conservative, you should know that Cruz is not eligible to be president. Neither is Rubio or Jindal.

  • GQ4U

    I love Ted, but he isn’t eligible to be POTUS. He’s even less Natural Born than than the current usurper Obama. Ted was born to a Cuban national in Canada, there’s no way we can support the Constitution and support Ted for POTUS. I do support nearly every position he takes, he’s a great American and I wish we had 96 more senators like him. Rand Paul or Mike Lee are good choices who are eligible. Rubio and Jindal are not eligible either.

  • phil

    He is only going to create a fire storm of eligibility facts.. ted is a great senator, for which he qualifies. however, He does not qualify constitutionally for the office of president. He is not a natural born citizen… We need to get off the soap box for Cruz for president. It won’t work and it will give the idiot dems fuel to add to their fire.

  • TRACYCOLORADO

    Nope , Two Wrongs , Wont Make A Right

  • Ralphew

    He is not a NBC and will never be but the establishment is going to push him in and it will be a battle between him and rand Paul as to who gets the Nomination to run against whatever Demonut makes it. But also I do not think Obama is planning on leaving our house come 2016.