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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The national polls, once again, tell very different stories: Clinton leads by just one point in the IBD, Rasmussen, and LA Times tracking polls, while she shows a commanding 12 point lead in the ABC news poll and a smaller but sizable five point lead in the CNN poll. The Republican Remington Research Group released a slew of polls showing Trump up in Ohio, Nevada, and North Carolina, a tie in Florida, and Clinton leads in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia. However, an independent Siena poll shows Clinton up 7 in North Carolina, while a Monmouth poll shows Trump up one in Arizona
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"Of the Senate seats in the Toss Up column, Trump only leads in Indiana and Missouri where both Republicans are running a few points behind him. ... History shows that races in the Toss Up column never split down the middle; one party tends to win the lion’s share of them."
"Some Republicans are running so far away from their party’s nominee that they are threatening to sue TV stations for running ads that suggest they support Donald Trump. Just two weeks before Election Day, five Republicans―Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), David Jolly (R-Fla.), John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican running for an open seat that’s currently occupied by his brother―contend that certain commercials paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee provide false or misleading information by connecting them to the GOP nominee. Trump is so terrible, these Republicans are essentially arguing, that tying them to him amounts to defamation."
Former Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock "recently agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for making an excessive solicitation for a super PAC that was active in his home state of Illinois four years ago." Schock resigned from Congress after a story about his Downton Abbey-themed congressional office raised questions about how he was using taxpayer dollars.