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Poll: Will Ted Cruz’s Push to Defund Obamacare Help Him Run for President in 2016?

Peter Bell, Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Alex Roarty and Michael Catalini
Sept. 26, 2013, 4:05 p.m.

How help­ful has Ted Cruz’s push to de­fund Obama­care been for a po­ten­tial 2016 pres­id­en­tial run?

DEMO­CRATS (92 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 26%
Some­what help­ful: 35%
Un­help­ful: 19%
Very un­help­ful: 20%

Very help­ful

“There has to be one big red-meat eat­er in every elec­tion.”

“Demo­crats can only hope it was very help­ful. You go, Ted!”

“It con­nects him vis­cer­ally with the lun­at­ic wing of the Re­pub­lic­an Party.”

Some­what help­ful

“Gives him quick vis­ib­il­ity. That is hard to come by for a first-term sen­at­or.”

“The Re­pub­lic­an cra­zies love him, and there are a lot of cra­zies in primary and caucus states.”

“He will nev­er get nom­in­ated but will help him build polit­ic­al cap­it­al (Twit­ter fol­low­ers, con­tri­bu­tions, TV and ra­dio fans).”

“It lifts his pro­file with the fringe, but he already had that. If he wants to be pres­id­ent, it is the main­stream that he needs.”

Un­help­ful

“The only ques­tion is what vari­ety of nut he will be, but a nut he is!”

“He may be the darling of the tea-party Right, but he PO’d the en­tire GOP es­tab­lish­ment.”

“When ‘waste of time’ were the words most of­ten chosen to de­scribe his ac­tions, and he him­self voted to move for­ward, he made it blatantly clear that this was noth­ing but a stunt.”

Very un­help­ful

“The good news for Cruz is that he will de­term­ine who the next pres­id­ent is. The bad news for him is that he won’t be the next pres­id­ent.”

“If mak­ing waves is his goal, à la Ron Paul, then it’s a win. If be­com­ing pres­id­ent is the goal, then it’s a dis­aster.”

“Theat­er of the ab­surd is a hard sell for Main Street Amer­ica.”

“Demo­crats’ fer­vent wish for the Re­pub­lic­ans in 2016: ‘Honey, won’t you take me on a sea-CRUZ!!!!!’ “

How help­ful has Ted Cruz’s push to de­fund Obama­care been for a po­ten­tial 2016 pres­id­en­tial run?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (93 VOTES)

Very help­ful: 18%
Some­what help­ful: 40%
Un­help­ful: 24%
Very un­help­ful: 18%

Very help­ful

“Win­ning the ‘Stop Obama­care’ mantle may be the best mes­sage in a Re­pub­lic­an primary.”

“The most act­ive sec­tor of the GOP elect­or­ate is look­ing to back the can­did­ate of­fer­ing the most con­front­a­tion­al con­trast to Obama and his policies. Cruz is win­ning that primary with­in the primary.”

“The ef­fect of his strategy for the GOP is neg­at­ive, but for him, it takes the oxy­gen out of the room for oth­ers and makes Cruz a ser­i­ous play­er.”

Some­what help­ful

“He has sep­ar­ated him­self from the pack and touched a pop­u­list nerve among con­ser­vat­ives.”

“Free ad­vert­ising and tak­ing on the polit­ic­al class nev­er hurts a can­did­ate with the GOP base.”

“It has moved him from ob­scure fresh­man to rock star of the lun­at­ic fringe, but we’ve seen how far that got Ron Paul.”

“While he has tor­tured his fel­low sen­at­ors, he has be­come the darling of the out­sider, pop­u­list con­ser­vat­ives who are a sub­stan­tial play­er in GOP primar­ies.”

“It’s help­ful at the grass­roots, but it guar­an­tees that 95 per­cent of his GOP Sen­ate col­leagues will en­dorse against him.”

Un­help­ful

“Even though Amer­ic­ans are not in love with the law, they are more tired of the D.C. dys­func­tion, and he will be a poster board for that mov­ing for­ward.”

“This has won him many more de­tract­ors than friends. Cap­tain­ing a los­ing strategy is no way to gain re­spect.”

Very un­help­ful

“Noth­ing Cruz does is help­ful. He ought to be ous­ted from the [Sen­ate] GOP Con­fer­ence.”

“He is the only per­son who could ac­tu­ally screw up 2014 for GOP, and then if he runs for POTUS in 2016, do it again!”

… … … … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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