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Mar232015 - Ted Cruz Launches Presidential Campaign 


Ted Cruz Launches Presidential Campaign
“Cruz for President” Video Announcement: “It’s a time for truth”

HOUSTON, TX -- Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced the launch of “Cruz for President,” marking the official start of his campaign to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States.

In a new video released this morning, Senator Cruz declared “It’s a time for truth,” and shared his vision for empowering the American people and restoring accountability and responsibility in Washington.

Click here for official announcement video.

Transcript of the video:

Sen. Cruz: My story is like that of so many other American families.

I’m the son of an immigrant father, who fled oppression in Cuba and came to this country with just a hundred dollars to his name.

My mom was a pioneer in computer science, smashing glass ceilings at a time when women were discouraged from following their dreams.

And now as a husband to Heidi, and a father to our two little girls, Caroline and Catherine, I try to share the same messages of hope, freedom

And faith in God that I was raised with.

That’s why I’ve worked so hard to lead the fights to defend these cherished values.

Like the historic battle to defund ObamaCare,

Standing up to the leadership from both parties to fight a debt ceiling increase,

And putting everything on the line to stop President Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional amnesty.

We’ve sent a clear message that America will stand with our allies and against our enemies,

And taken on an IRS that was threatening and intimidating its citizens.

The divide that exists in our country isn’t between political parties – it’s between Washington and the rest of us.

It’s a time for truth.

A time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done,

And give bold voice and action to reclaiming the unlimited potential of each and every one of us.

Your fight, is my fight.

I believe in America and her people.

I believe in the conservative principles upon which this country was built.

And I believe we can stand up and restore our promise, honor the Constitution and re-establish our leadership in the world.

It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again,

And I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.

I’m Ted Cruz.

If you want more of the same there will be plenty to choose from.

But if you want real conservative change, and a proven record, I hope I can earn your support

Voiceover: Ted Cruz for President.

Senator Cruz also released a thirty second ad in spanish. That ad is available here.

Opting to forgo what has become known as the “explore phase” of a presidential campaign, Senator Cruz is signaling his confidence in having both the grassroots support and the financial resources necessary to win the Republican nomination.


DNC - NH Journal: ‘Welcome’ GOPers: Top Dems blast POTUS field as ‘too extreme’ for NH 

‘Welcome’ GOPers: Top Dems blast POTUS field as ‘too extreme’ for NH

Two leaders of the Democratic National Committee “welcomed” four likely Republican contenders to New Hampshire today by saying that there is little difference among them when it comes to favoring the rich at the expense of the middle class.


DNC Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a DNC vice chair, held a conference call with reporters as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in the state, followed tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


Wasserman Schultz asked Granite Staters to use their “unique” opportunity to ask the prospective candidates direct, tough questions.


She said Walker and Cruz “are relatively new to this game, and have records of dividing Americans.” Bush and Perry, she said, “are just trying to distance themselves from a previous failed campaign or a failed record.”


She accused Perry of wanting to “privatize the student loan industry and give control back to the banks. That will increase interest rates and shows he is more focused on helping big banks rather than students.”


Buckley said all of the prospective GOP candidates have records that are “completely at odds with New Hampshire values” and the interests of middle class families.


Bush, he said, “has always been and will be what’s best for him and those at the top,” while Walker “has pitted the people of Wisconsin against each other, has launched attacks on workers and working families. He actually compared the hard-working people of his home state – teachers, firefighters, to ISIS. Pathetic.”


Perry’s policies, said Buckley, “has led to one of the highest wage gaps in the entire country.” Noting Perry’s short-lived candidacy of 2011, Buckley said “no amount of rebranding, new glasses or new promises can change” his primary concern, Buckley said, for his “Texas allies” and the wealthy.


Cruz, he said, “is just too extreme for New Hampshire.”


Wasserman Schultz defended President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons, a matter about which Perry said earlier today there can be no compromise.


“We can definitely all be in agreement, from President Obama to Rick Perry, that we have to do what we can to ensure that Iran never achieves its goal of having a nuclear weapon and that is what these negotiations are designed to prevent,” she said.


She said that while no one can predict if the negotiations will be successful, “given the alternatives available, including war, I believe strongly, as a pro-Israel member of Congress and a Jew, that it is essential that we do everything we can to prevent Iran from achieving its goal of having nuclear weapons.”


Wasserman Schultz said no GOP prospective candidate is more vulnerable than another. “One important thing they have in common is that they all embrace the same old ‘take care of the wealthy and special interests,’” and she said, “trickle-down economics,” which “has repeatedly failed.”


She also said Sen. Marco Rubio, of her home state of Florida, fits the same profile.


“He does not have a record of leadership. He’s a follower. He ran as fast as he could from his own immigration plan as soon as there was a whiff of dissent from his own Tea Party base.”


Buckley noted that in New Hampshire, about 40 percent of registered votes are undeclared – or independent – swing voters, and he said believes the Republicans are too extreme to win widespread support in that group in a primary or a general election.


RickPAC Hires Veteran New Hampshire Operatives 

Gov. Rick Perry begins a two-day trip to New Hampshire tomorrow to meet with supporters and activists in the state.

In addition to his visit, Gov. Perry’s leadership PAC, RickPAC, is proud to announce the hiring of a veteran team of New Hampshire advisors:

Michael Dennehy will serve as senior advisor. Dennehy has been a Republican strategist for more than 20 years. He managed John McCain’s upset victory in the New Hampshire presidential primary in 2000, and his come from behind win in the 2008 New Hampshire primary.

Dante Vitagliano will serve as field director. Vitagliano was deputy political director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, the Republican nominee for New Hampshire’s second congressional district in 2014. 

Ryder Selmi will serve as North Country field manager. Selmi was the North Country field manager for the Garcia campaign. Selmi was also an ambassador for the campus-based organization, Turning Point USA.

“We are honored be part of the team spreading Gov. Perry’s positive vision of prosperity, reform and revival for America,” Dennehy said. “This team knows New Hampshire and we are excited to work closely with Rick Perry as he crisscrosses the Granite State.”

The core principles of RickPAC are to identify and support Republicans who will:

  • Believe in the power of the individual
  • Secure our nation’s border
  • Protect Americans from international threats
  • Believe in the principles of a limited federal government and the 10th Amendment
  • Cut taxes for all Americans
  • Reduce wasteful government spending and debt
  • Invest in job creation




DNC - Marco Rubio shows his true colors in New Hampshire 

Reinforcing his past history of pandering to the GOP base anytime they criticize him (see: Reform, Immigration), Marco Rubio is wasting no time in sprinting even further to the right on issue after issue. In his first appearance in New Hampshire of 2015, Rubio ticked off positions that seem more comfortable in the comments section than coming from a fresh face in the GOP who can broaden the party’s appeal.


Just take a look at the coverage from Twitter of his town hall in New Hampshire today..


 He blamed the firestorm over Rudy Giuliani’s offensive comments that President Obama doesn’t love America on the media – not on Giuliani for saying them.


He said he opposes a clean DHS funding bill – a position which could lead to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.


And he suggested that giving undocumented immigrants access to entitlements “acts as a magnet,” while again running away from the immigration bill he once sponsored.


So don’t be fooled by Marco Rubio. He isn’t a new and different leader for the Republican Party – he’s just repackaging the same out-of-touch Republican ideas we’ve heard forever.


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RickPAC Announces Advisory Board 

AUSTIN, TX – RickPAC today announced the addition of the following men and women to serve on its advisory board. These individuals will help share Gov. Perry’s vision for a more prosperous America through policies that allow the private sector to grow and create jobs, and secure America’s future by protecting the fundamental principles of democracy.

“I am grateful and humbled to have the support of so many champions of conservative principles,” Gov. Perry said. “I look forward to working with the men and women on RickPAC’s Advisory Board to continue promoting policies that create opportunity for American families by allowing job creators to risk their capital and get a return on their investment, including low taxes and a smart and predictable regulatory environment.”

“Gov. Perry helped Texas set the national standard for quality of life in America,” said Red McCombs. “The policies he implemented, reforms he championed, and investments he managed fostered economic and cultural growth for our great state.”

“I am proud to join the RickPAC Advisory Board and look forward to working with Gov. Perry to promote the Texas Model to the rest of the country,” said Moshe Azoulay “America needs leaders dedicated to job creation and expanding opportunity, which is exactly what Texas did by creating almost one-third of all new private sector jobs during Gov. Perry’s leadership.”

“Nobody worked harder in 2014 to help elect conservatives to Congress and State Legislatures across the country than Gov. Perry,” said Tom McKernan “I look forward to helping him stay connected with business and grassroots leaders who he built strong relationships with in the last election cycle and continuing that momentum through 2016 by focusing on our shared principles.”

“Gridlock and failed policies coming out of Washington have made Americans hungry for leaders with a clear vision for the future of our country and the experience to achieve results,” said Charlie Amato. “As a member of the RickPAC Advisory Board, I am dedicated to ensuring Gov. Perry has the resources necessary to reach all Americans with his positive vision for the future.”

RickPAC Advisory Board Members

Robert Albritton Moshe Azoulay
Charlie Amato Roy W. Bailey
Larry K. and Nesa Anders Kyle Bass
Dr. Robert Behar Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester
Jim Blair and Nelda Luce Blair L. Lowry Mays
Gary Blake Red McCombs
Bud Brigham Jamie McCourt
Dan Brouillette Thomas McKernan
Rick L. Campbell Ross McKnight
Tara and Cody Campbell Drayton McLane, Jr.
Stephen Chazen S. Reed Morian
Blake E. Christian Georgette Mosbacher
Steve Cortes Robert E. Murray
Doug Deason Larry Paul
John Paul DeJoria Brenda Pejovich
Robert Dilenschneider Randy Perkins
Dr. Jeffrey Feingold Doug Pitcock
Bill Fleischman Dana and Gene Powell
Morris Foster David L Roberts DDS
Holly Frost and Kathaleen Wall Amir Rupani
Dr. John Gill John Schweitzer
Cutler Gist Bill and Gay Scott
Hank Greenberg Dick Scott
Joy Ann and Bob Havran Weisie and John Steen
Dr. Randy Hickle John D. Steinmetz
Aron Hirtz Cindy Taylor
J L Holloway Brad Thor
Julianna Hawn Holt and Peter M. Holt Frank A. Visco
Ted Houghton John Walker
Dan Allen Hughes Kelcy Warren
Shalia and Monty Lankford Herb D. Weitzman and Donna Arp Weitzman
Steve Layton R. Graham Whaling
Jim Lee Claytie Williams
Dr. Jim and Cecelia Leininger Welcome Wilson Jr.
Steven P. Mach Welcome Wilson Sr.