In a word, Ted Cruz thinks Hillary Clinton is “misguided.”
“She has consistently been wrong on domestic policy and foreign policy,” he said during a Politico Playbook Breakfast. One example? HillaryCare, which Cruz called the precursor to Obamacare.
Cruz predicts, like many other pundits, that Clinton is very likely to be the Democratic nominee if she runs in 2016. But to think she’s a shoo-in beyond that would be wrong, Cruz said, predicting a 40 percent chance Democrats could win the White House.
“At the end of the day, I recognize the media all think, ‘Oh, she’s unstoppable,’ which is fine,” Cruz said. “But they thought she was unstoppable in 2008.”
Aside from Clinton, Cruz had only nice things to say about potential 2016 Republican contenders, calling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “brash,” — a positive adjective, apparently — and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky “liberty-loving.”
One senior Republican Cruz isn’t eager to issue compliments about? Mitch McConnell. He called him a “leader,” because “that is what is stenciled on his door.”
“I strongly disagree with “¦ some of the decisions that Republican leadership has made this past year,” Cruz said. “There is a real divide over how to win elections.”
That’s certainly no surprise, as Cruz didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And at no time was that made more clear than during the debt-ceiling debate, when he objected to allowing a simple-majority vote, thereby forcing at least five Republicans to vote for a procedural motion to allow the debt-ceiling bill to move forward. In the end, 12 Republicans, including nearly all of the leadership, voted yes.
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."