What Ted Cruz Thinks About the 2016 Contenders

Hillary Clinton is “misguided,” Rand Paul is “liberty loving,” and Chris Christie is “brash.”

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cruz and others spoke about the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi and Russia's human rights record.
National Journal
Elahe Izad
Add to Briefcase
Elahe Izad
Feb. 27, 2014, 5:12 a.m.

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. 

What We're Following See More »
Cruz to Back Trump
1 days ago
Two Polls for Clinton, One for Trump
1 days ago

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%.
Trump Eschewing Briefing Materials in Debate Prep
1 days ago

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.”

Trump Makes No Outreach to Spanish Speakers
1 days ago

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."

Clintons Buy the House Next Door in Chappaqua
2 days ago

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."