Attacks are inevitable in a race for the White House. When a campaign is losing ground whether it be in the battle of wits or the battle for supporters purse strings, the nasty will come out from the candidates and their campaigns. Unless of course, you are Ted Cruz.
Cruz has been able to run his campaign in a unique fashion, concentrating on the issues that plague our nation, while remaining a “happy conservative warrior”. Marco Rubio, the GOP’s new lap dog since Jeb Bush has been less than mediocre, has felt the pressure bearing down on his neck from the heel of his “Gang of Eight” fiasco and his egregious mishaps regarding his fiances, that he has begun unwarranted attacks on Cruz.
Cruz spoke with supporters on a recent phone call warning them that the attacks will get “uglier and uglier and uglier”. He went on to say, “We’re winning right now, and as a result, I want to tell everyone to get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks that are coming. We’ve already seen hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in attacks directed at us. Well I went to tell you that come the month of January, we ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Attacks are certainly a sign of weakness and jealousy when a candidate has no solid platform from which to win the hearts and minds of voters. Establishment candidates get flustered, afraid of their own history as it comes back to bite their heels and emblazons their scarlet letter they put on themselves.
Cruz re-assures his supporters on Thursday saying, “There’s an old line, if you’re not taking flak, you’re not over the target. If we were sitting here on Dec. 31 and no one was attacking us and no one was going to be attacking us, I would be deeply, deeply concerned because it would mean we weren’t winning.”
Cruz has been able to raise $20 million dollars during the last three months of 2015 which are impressive numbers considering the Christmas holiday. This war chest will undoubtedly give Cruz a top edge in Iowa, where he is currently leading in recent polls and expected to finish on top.
The race for Iowa isn’t a slow and steady marathon according to Cruz saying, “I want to encourage everyone to get ready, because starting tomorrow morning, we are in a 90-day sprint to win this nomination, and then to turn around and win the general election. To defeat Hillary Clinton in November of 2016 and to turn this country around.”
Cruz has been able to rally legions of true conservatives who not only have money to give, but also remain steadfast and un-tethered by scrutiny, a trait not seen much on Facebook and Twitter by other candidates supporters who are trying to back track for their candidates. A very good sign that Cruz’s army of conservatives will stand not only the test of time, but will win the war.
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