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Ted Cruz Gave Me A Voice at the RNC

I’m a lifelong Republican. I’ve watched almost every speech given this week at the RNC, but my heart just hasn’t been in it. There are a few things I just can’t get over.

This has felt less like a convention and more like a coronation for King Donald and the new Princes and Princesses of America. I’ve watched my conservative heroes Gov. Scott Walker, Speakers Gingrich and Ryan, Gov. Perry, and many others endorse the guy who has filled the political season with hateful rhetoric, divisiveness, and half-hearted attempts to espouse conservatism.

Last night Senator Cruz gave the speech I had been waiting to hear. He laid out a vision of a truly conservative America.He painted a picture of an America where every race, gender, religion, and orientation was free from the chains of government bondage and basked in the light of liberty.

To the cheers of the crowd he begged people at home to get out and vote November and not sit this one out. But instead of endorsing Trump, he surprised everyone at the convention (but no one at home) and simply said to vote your conscience and for candidates who will most support the Constitution and it’s freedoms.

That’s the conservative Republican vision I stand for. Those are the principles I believe in. That’s the stand I have been longing for someone to make.

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Trump Hints at Possible VP

Yesterday Donald Trump gave us a hint at who he is considering for Vice President. Here’s what he tweeted:

Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, was obviously thinking about someone in particular when he tweeted this. Donald, who never likes to be played, wanted to make sure we all knew that someone who must be overtly denying interest, is not even in contention for the #2 spot. My guess is either Marco Rubio or Nikki Haley.

Trump gives more insights in this AP interview.

Here are the hints he’s given so far:

  1. It’s not someone who is going out of their way to deny interest.
  2. He’s got it narrowed down to about 5 or 6 candidates.
  3. He’s okay with former 2016 candidates that fought him hard.
  4. He is still considering Christie even though he is heading the transition team.
  5. Trump said there is no need for another business person on the ticket.
  6. He wants a running mate who can help him pass legislation.
  7. He wants someone with deep political experience who can help him with the establishment.

Now let’s consider who fits this description and who we can rule out.

In:

  1. Newt Gingrich- Newt fits every description perfectly and has been a consistent and strong message bearer for Trump.
  2. Chris Christie- Just like Newt, Christie fits the mold pretty well.
  3. Jeff Sessions
  4. John Kasich
  5. Rick Perry
  6. Mary Fallin- Trump spoke very highly of her recently.
  7. Scott Walker
  8. Joni Ernst- She’ll only have 2 years experience in the Senate if chosen, but she seems pretty well liked with the party.
  9. Bobby Jindal
  10. Condi Rice
  11. Mike Huckabee
  12. Jeb Bush- fits the mold, but I don’t think they would work well together.

Out:

  1. Marco Rubio
  2. Nikki Haley
  3. Rick Scott
  4. Jan Brewer
  5. Sarah Palin
  6. Rand Paul
  7. Susana Martinez
  8. Ben Carson
  9. Carly Fiorina

Stay tuned for more!

What Should Trump Do for Vice President?

Cruz’s early VP pick potentially backed Trump into a corner. If Trump doesn’t win the nomination outright before the convention, he might have a harder time getting some of the more popular VP picks to sign on with his ticket heading to Cleveland. However, Trump’s path to victory before the convention, while still not a given, is looking more plausible as the days go by. If that is the case, Trump will probably have his pick of the litter.

What type of person is Trump looking for?

Donald Trump would go a long way by picking the right VP candidate. Trump would be smart to choose a running mate who builds a bridge to the party and the base, both who are reluctantly coming to grips with him right now. Trump should pick someone with proven political experience, preferably at the state level.

Basically Trump needs to convince me and those like me (who are not planning on voting for him right now) that he will surround himself with solid and proven conservatives who will help him make tough decisions.

The Rankings

Contenders

  • Susana Martinez– I know she isn’t the most conservative candidate on this list, but she would cover a lot of holes for Trump. She would go a long way to help Trump with women and Hispanics, two groups Trump needs to improve with. She is loved by the party and the base and it doesn’t hurt she’s from a swing state.
  • Nikki Haley– Haley would be a home run pick. She’s popular with the party and conservatives. She’s been great as governor of South Carolina. Once again, she’s no Cruz or Rand Paul on the conservative scale, but she’s conservative enough and would help Trump with women.
  • Scott Walker– He’s a proven conservative and effective leader. Walker is a solid pick. With his organization and Trump’s blue collar popularity, the Midwest would be in play for the GOP.
  • Newt Gingrich– The former Speaker of the House turned 2012 Tea Party candidate has towed the line better than anyone between the GOP factions. His best attribute is that he has a history of getting conservative things done in Congress. There have been plenty of indications that this has a strong possibility of happening.
  • Rubio/Kasich– These are unite the party guys. They aren’t huge conservatives but they each have likable qualities that inspire confidence. Having Florida or Ohio in the GOP fold is also desirable.
  • Ted Cruz– Cruz would bring over the hardcore conservatives who struggles with Donald. He’s not a party favorite, but he made a name and reputation for himself that’s hard to ignore.

Maybe

  • Kelly Ayotte
  • Jeff Sessions
  • Tim Scott
  • Rick Perry
  • Bill Haslam
  • Mitch Daniels
  • Mike Pence
  • Condi Rice

Nope

  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Sarah Palin
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Rick Scott
  • Jan Brewer
  • Scott Brown
  • Brian Sandoval
  • Chris Christie
  • Ben Carson
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Jeb Bush

Cruz Expected to Announce Carly Fiorina as Vice President

All indications are that Senator Ted Cruz will announce businesswoman and former candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

If it’s true, it’s a little strange for a non-front runner to name a VP. Cruz is looking to make waves and get some good coverage from this. Here are some good articles to checkout on Carly:

Pro’s and Con’s of Carly

The Pros And Cons Of Ted Cruz Naming Carly Fiorina As His Running Mate

Carly Fiorina’s Website

Ted Cruz VP Rankings- April 27

With Cruz’s “major” announcement coming today, speculation is running wild that the Texas Senator might actually be naming a VP.

Cruz needs a hail Mary right now and this is about as close to that as it gets.

Ted Cruz will be looking for someone who will do 2 things for him. First, he wants someone who is going to create excitement. Cruz needs to change the narrative of this race. He wants to pick someone that will fill the news cycle with nothing but good VP coverage and give people in the remaining states someone to get excited over.

Second, he wants someone everyone in the party will want to rally around. The GOP is starting to come to grips with Trump because he seems inevitable, but they don’t like it. If he can pick someone who inspires hope within the party, it could go a long way in keeping hope alive.

Here’s our latest list:

At the Top:

  • Nikki Haley- This week I moved the South Carolina Governor to the top of the list. She would generate a lot of excitement and coverage. She’s also the most proven which would play very well with party establishment.
  • Scott Walker– If Gov. Walker wasn’t on the radar before, he is now. He delivered a huge win for Cruz in Wisconsin. Walker’s organization is a force to be reckoned with. He’s a proven conservative and effective leader. He wouldn’t generate as much excitement as a new face would, but he’s a solid and safe pick.
  • Carly Fiorina– She and Ted have been very chummy since her endorsement. Carly could fill the other side of the ticket with an outsider, a theme Cruz is desperately trying to make. She’s also been a relentless attack dog focused on Clinton. She’s starting to become old news, but still a good pick.
  • Susana Martinez– She’s a lower profile Nikki Haley. She’s got broad support from the party and she’s a popular Hispanic swing-state governor. She does take a Jeb-like approach to common core though; if you can get over that, she’s solid.
  • Marco Rubio– Rubio adds a lot as the VP. He has backers on both sides of the party and he’s still popular with the voters of Florida. Rubio is out of a job soon, despite his comments, he’d be more than happy to serve as Cruz’s VP.

In Consideration:

  • Tim Scott- The South Carolina Senator is a strong conservative. He would generate excitement and seems to have the acceptance of the party.
  • Brian Sandoval– Sandoval is the male version of Susana Martinez. He’s widely respected on both sides of the aisle. He does have a moderate streak in him. Hardcore conservatives might not be excited about this pick, but you better believe the establishment and maybe even some Democrats will.
  • John Kasich– Kasich’s delegates will be in high demand at the convention and Cruz would love to get his hands on them. Kasich is the popular Governor of Ohio. I’ll stop there.

Dark Horses:

  • Condi Rice
  • John Thune
  • Mia Love
  • Mitch Daniels
  • Bill Haslam

Cruz Campaign Major Announcement Today

Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign announced that he will have a major announcement today at 4pm EST.

There’s a lot of speculation as to what the announcement will be. This announcement comes on the heels of the campaign confirming that they are vetting Carly Fiorina and others for the VP spot.

We’ve said it here before Cruz Needs to Name a VP Now. It would be a gutsy move to name a VP, but at this point he needs a big move to get people excited.

Since the announcement is happening in Indiana, some are guessing a major endorsement is coming. Gov. Mike Pence is popular in Indiana and would be a huge get. However, Gov. Pence said he won’t be at Cruz’s event.

We’ll have to wait and see. But if Cruz does happen to announce a VP today and it is Carly, I fully expect to be a Fox News contributor in a few days.

The Most Disappointing Candidates of 2016

The 2016 GOP presidential nomination race has been anything but normal. The insertion of Donald Trump into this contest has totally flipped conventional wisdom. I really believe candidates that would have flourished in 2008 or 2012, stood no chance this time around. There were plenty of worthy candidates who fell into the clutches of the Trump machine and were forced to concede defeat.

Let’s take a look at the most disappointing GOP candidates of the 2016 cycle.

  1. Marco Rubio– Rubio had so much promise. He was the young and energetic future of the party. He was going to lead millions of Hispanics into the Republican’s fold and lock up Florida for the foreseeable future. Never had we seen someone get so much attention and praise for a third place Iowa finish before. At the very next debate after Iowa, Rubio suffered a gaffe that not only killed all his momentum, but ultimately became a moment he would never come back from.
  2. Jeb Bush– Have you ever wondered how Bush would have performed if every ounce of energy he spent campaigning wasn’t trying to control the damage Trump caused to him? I don’t know that anyone suffered more from The Donald more than this guy did.
  3. Scott Walker– Scott Walker had just survived an election, a recall, and a reelection all in the course of 4 years. The kicker is he did this in a traditionally blue state. He took on labor unions and won. This guy was the standard bearer for conservatism. I really believe if it weren’t for Trump, Walker would have been the nominee.
  4. Rand Paul– Paul was leading the polls for quite a while after the 2012 election. Paul was supposed to do what his father couldn’t. He was going to expand the party and build a bridge to libertarians and civil liberty liberals. Unfortunately for Rand, Trump and Bernie also caught the attention of his father’s supporters.
  5. Chris Christie– Christie was right there with Paul leading the pack really early on in the process. Christie’s number’s in NJ sank. It became clear that Christie’s stomping ground, the northeast, was shifting to Trump and Christie saw the writing on the wall.
  6. Ben Carson– Carson over performed in terms of the campaign. Carson disappointed many when he sold his soul and endorsed Donald Trump.

The rest of the candidates who dropped out never really had lofty expectations.