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Rand Loves The Drones? Not Quite…

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has learned another key lesson of the “age of sound bytes.” During an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s Fox Business Network show, Paul pointed out he didn’t mind using drones or any kind of technology against an “imminent threat,” whether it was a terrorist or “someone coming out of a liquor store with a weapon and 50 dollars in cash.” He also said it didn’t matter if it was a cop or a drone who killed the criminal. To fans of his father, ex-Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the reaction was fast and it wasn’t pretty.

Rand Paul was called someone who was “bullsh—tting,” a “politician” (which he is), someone who supported “the militarizing of police” and someone who needed to get away from neoconservatives because they were “rotting your brain.” Even Matt Drudge threw up the clever headline, “RAND LEARNS TO LOVE THE DRONE!”

However, people are ignoring the second half of his quote. Paul specifically said it was different if a drone wanted to go over someone’s hot tub or yard just to look at you. Even when Cavuto asked what if police were searching for a criminal and accidentally found something “bad,” Paul didn’t budge. He said no one should be looking into someone’s backyard and didn’t want surveillance when there wasn’t “probable cause.” Paul made it very clear police must have a warrant to use a drone, unless there was a “killer on the loose” or someone “running around with a gun.”

 

This is very similar to what he said during his 13 hour filibuster and the comments he made afterward. It’s also part of the no domestic drone strike legislation he and Texas Senator Ted Cruz co-sponsored. Drones can only be used on “dangerous criminals” and people who poses an “imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury” to another person. So Paul is being consistent.

 

There are still problems with how Paul worded what he said. The definition of a “dangerous criminal” may mean someone like the Boston terrorists, who engaged in an active shootout with police. But, as Paul pointed out in his filibuster, the Fusion Center of Missouri considers “dangerous criminals” as people who have pro-life bumper stickers, people who may want more border security, support third party candidates or might be in the Constitution Party. Unless the “dangerous criminal” terminology is strictly defined, the use of drones by governments on American soil could end up being as slippery of a slope as warrant-less wiretapping. Even with the strictest of definitions, it may not be worth it, despite how awesome the technology is.

 

By making broad comments on an issue, Paul giving potential political enemies more ammunition against him. It also disappoints his supporters and those who consider him a “political hero.” Plus, the liquor store example is a bad example, which Paul realized. He made it clear in a statement he released Tuesday. After all, hindsight is 20-20.

 

There may be ways to figure out how people in the private sector (i.e. farmers) could use drones, without raising questions about privacy. Drone countermeasures are already being developed and sold to those who can afford it. That may be the ultimate solution.

 

But in the end, Lucius Fox may have it right when he raised questions about technology Bruce Wayne developed in The Dark Knight. Even when it was obvious Batman could use a city-wide tracking device to find the Joker, Fox said, “No one should have it,” because the tracker could be abused.

 

It may be time for us to listen to Lucius Fox on drones. Cool technology, but not worth using.

 

That Ted Cruz Is So Canadian

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As Bryan Preston and Stephen Kruiser noted last week, the liberal media has mounted a campaign to destroy Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  He’s a high priority target because he goes against everything the media has said about the Tea Party, and conservatism in general.  For all the talk about the Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism, Cruz received his B.A. at Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor at Harvard University.  He also clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist.  As George Will wrote back in June of 2011,

By the time Ted Cruz was 13, he was winning speech contests sponsored by a Houston free-enterprise group that gave contestants assigned readings by Frederic Bastiat, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. In his early teens he traveled around Texas and out of state giving speeches. At Princeton, he finished first in the 1992 U.S. National Debate Championship and North American Debate Championship.

 As Texas’s solicitor general from 2003 to 2008, Cruz submitted 70 briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has, so far, argued nine cases there. He favors school choice and personal investment accounts for a portion of individuals’ Social Security taxes. He supports the latter idea with a bow to the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said such accounts enable the doorman to build wealth the way the people in the penthouse do.

He embodies the ambitious spirit that drives Americans in their quest for success.  That’s an emancipatory mindset that threatens the Democratic dependency agenda, and the narrative their allies in the liberal media are pushing daily.  The latest salvo against Cruz came from the New York Times, which went “birther” on the freshman senator.

This attack depraved could be a sign that liberals are scared of Cruz.  Why bring up Canada if you weren’t trying to disqualify him for the presidency since Hillary Clinton’s intentions are dubious at best?  Then again, it’s how the media normally acts towards conservatives.  They still need to point out -– falsely -– that being a minority and a Tea Party supporter are “mutually exclusive,” which is what Tony Lee and Stephen K. Bannon mentioned in their Breitbart post last weekend.

The Washington Post and Politico joined the times in assailing Cruz this week for similar reasons.

The Times did a thorough review of the freshman senator’s stunning seven-week run:

  • leading the charge on the destruction of Chuck Hagel’s bona fides as Secretary of Defense;
  • one of only three Republicans to vote against John Kerry because of his longstanding less-than-vigorous defense of U.S. national security issues;
  • one of only 34 that voted against raising the debt ceiling;
  • one of only 22 who voted against the Violence Against Women Act;
  • one of only 36 who voted against the pork-ladened Hurricane Sandy financial aid package;
  • one of only 19 who voted against arming the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Cairo;
  • called out Rahm Emanuel;
  • confronted Chuck Schumer on national TV;
  • enraged Senators Boxer and McCaskill enough for them to label him as a “McCarthyite”

That, ladies and gentleman, is how you fight.

Jonathan Weisman, the author of the piece, brings out all the old adages about “taking confrontational Tea Party sensibilities to new heights- — or lows — before rolling out Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for the obligatory beat-down of conservatives. The Times also quotes McCain’s sidekick, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has to watch his right flank because he faces a potential primary in 2014, who tells the publication some of Cruz’s comments regarding Hagel were “out of bounds.”

In what is known as a “tell” in the media parlor game, Weissman and the Times commit an unforgivable error by referring to Cruz as “Canadian-born” without mentioning he was born to a mother who was  a U.S. citizen, which most likely makes Cruz “natural born” and eligible to run for the nation’s highest office. Yes, just when the Texan shows some “muzzle velocity” toward 2016, the Times goes birther.

They also mentioned the NYT’s Frank Bruni, who called Cruz a “nasty newcomer,” who will bring “Republicans nothing but grief.”

Bannon and Lee added:

This is the same Bruni who, in a bizarre column last week he compared politicians to imagined colognes, accused Cruz of “haranguing” nominees and having an “aggrieved voice and censorious visage.” As for Cruz’s cologne, Bruni felt it should be “Cruz Control,” which he said was “showy” and “tailor-made for preening, with a top note of sandalwood, a middle note of tonka bean and a base of self-righteousness.”

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…the Canadian-born-to-a-US-citizen junior senator from Texas is making all the right enemies in an era when Republicans come to Washington and seek to immediately kowtow to the mainstream media and “courtly” establishment Republicans loathed by the conservative base and those living outside Washington, D.C.’s “boomtown.”

As Cruz has indicated in past interviews, he is doing something right by finding enemies at the New York Times and the Washington Post less than two months after coming to Washington, D.C. And this should delight the conservative movement that always fears its elected officials will come to Washington to change it and instead get changed by it.

If Senators Boxer and McCaskill are calling you “McCarthyite,” you’re doing something right.

Originally posted on PJ Tatler.

Sen. Mike Lee and Senator-Elect Ted Cruz: ‘Our Ideas Work, Their Ideas Don’t’

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Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator-Elect Ted Cruz (R-TX) were adamant about two things when they addressed The Federalist Society’s discussion about constitutional law and the Supreme Court yesterday: “our [conservative] ideas work, their [ liberal] ideas don’t.”  Furthermore, our ideas have been winning the argument, which explains why law schools are limiting the amount of speakers – invited by Federalist Society – chapters that can come and articulate such views across the country.  Both men viewed that we must return to the government our Founders envisioned, and must guard against the progressive regulatory state advocated by our adversaries in Congress.  With the re-election of Barack Obama and the full implementation of Obamacare – the stakes couldn’t be any higher to keep the Madisonian experiment alive.

Sen. Lee first remarked about his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, after beating incumbent Republican Bob Bennett at the state party convention.  Then, he went into rather humorous anecdotes about how security didn’t recognize him as a senator for the longest time during his first session in Congress.  However, he looked forward to two events this year that he thought would transform government, and make it more palatable to the Founder’s vision.

The first event was on June 28, the day of the Obamacare decision, which he received – along with most conservatives – warmly at first.  The court was articulating a position defining limits on the Commerce Clause – making this the third time in the last seventy-five years where the Supreme Court has done so.   However, as the reading of the opinion continued, more wind was blowing in liberal sails, as the senator described it.  The Court rewrote the law.  To make a long story short, the penalty was constitutional under the taxing authority, which was a position that wasn’t argued by the government.  Concerning the Medicaid expansion provisions, the Court ruled that the government had unjustly coerced states into accepting stipulations on the program’s funding, and that the Secretary for Health and Human Services cannot cut off the revenue stream – which funds the program – to states who refuse to expand coverage. In all, it was a limited purpose victory.  The second event was on November 6, which we know did not turn out well for conservatives.

Sen. Lee agreed that we won the argument for a limited proposal victory, but we also lost a lot too.  It showed that the Court can rewrite laws, and we lost the opportunity to write laws of our own choosing.  The checks on Congressional power was stipulated by judiciary and political restraint.  The judicial restraint has been compromised.  They seem, as Senator Lee put it, “unwilling” to exercise that check on power.  Second, the political check is rendered useless since Congress can pass unconstitutional laws, but if the Supreme Court can rewrite it – then what’s the purpose of that check on government power.

Sen. Lee believes that the Court acted in a manner where everyone got a little of what they wanted – but ended up hurting the American people as a result. Nevertheless, he feels that America’s best days are ahead.

Senator-Elect Ted Cruz also reiterated anecdotes on the campaign trail.  His win is almost a miracle.  He was polling sub 5%, and within the margin of error when he first began.  This highlights the trials and tribulations of any statewide campaign, especially one where you’re outspent three to one in a $ 50 million dollar primary, as in the case of Cruz, which is somewhat of a well-known characteristic within political circles.  It can be nasty, and Cruz’s opponent, David Dewhurst, dished out $35 million dollars in attack ads – but failed to clinch the nomination.  Why? He didn’t have the grassroots infrastructure needed to win.  This is the way politics should be decided, according to Senator-Elect Cruz.

Cruz is a good friend of Sen. Mike Lee, and thanked him for his early support in the beginning of his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  In the wake of conservatives’ devastating defeat on Nov. 6, he said we much ask ourselves what went wrong, and what does this mean for the future of conservatism?  He was steadfast in the view that what conservatives have done in politics – we must now do in the law.  First, we must win the argument, which conservatives are doing – albeit very slowly.

The Senator-Elect was amused by the fact that the media was detailing how Republicans lost in 2012 because they weren’t like Democrats.  If they had acted, like the political left, things would’ve been great.  Well, conservatives lost because we didn’t make the argument.

The president said that he inherited a bad economy, and that it was all George Bush’s fault.  This message was pervasive. However, Cruz said that President Obama forgets history.  Between 1978-79, unemployment was in double-digits, interest rates were at 22%, gas lines around the block, and the Iranian hostage crisis – which probably left then-President Jimmy Carter regretting leaving peanut farming. But, Ronald Reagan won in a landslide in 1980.  He reduced taxes, regulations, and the scope of government, which led to an economic boom.  Again, playing into the narrative of these two men being “our ideas work, their ideas don’t.”

However, there’s a reason why Obama voters believe this economy is still Bush’s fault.  Why?  Mitt Romney’s campaign team didn’t respond.  Concerning the fatuous ‘war on women,’ the Senator-Elect vociferously denied Republicans want to curb or deny contraceptives to America’s women.  He doesn’t know a single Republican who thinks that way.  He quipped that he has two daughters, and he’s glad he doesn’t have seventeen.  However, you cannot own, change, or destroy a damaging narrative, if you don’t respond. First, win the argument, then you win the election – which is what Senator-Elect Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee plan to do in the U.S. Senate.

Texas Sized GOP Senate Nomination Captured By Cruz – Shows Palin Power!

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The anointed Texas political establishment contender, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, was leading in the GOP runoff race to capture the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He had a who’s who list of solid republican mainstream backers. Most state and national election experts had already inked Dewhurst into the senatorial win column.

Yet, in the conservative voter trenches of Texas, the real who ’s who that truly counted was the voters and a Tea Party movement that would not say die or give up. In their corner was the former Alaskan Governor named Sarah “I’m Not Afraid to Fight” Palin. Palin endorsed Ted Cruz, and Ted Cruz won! Boy did he win.

But that is not the whole story. GOP insider politics in Texas had Dewhurst leading comfortably. In fact, in one corner of the political ring was Dewhurst, and the royalty of Texas politics who came out in a big way for the 66-year-old Dewhurst. The Lt. Governor even loaned $24 million from his fortune to his campaign to insure his win.

In the other corner of the political ring was Cruz, who had been the former state solicitor general and had never run for office. He was the proud son of a Cuban immigrant, and was without GOP mainstream support. Therefore he was like Rocky Balboa entering the heavyweight fight with little experience but a lot of heart and most importantly he had lots and lots of conservative grass roots Texans in his corner.

This was the runoff election and in round two, Ted “Rocky Balboa” not only got his second wind, but he received conservative Tea Party support from Texas and around the nation. He also obtained conservative organizational backing, and endorsements from several U.S. Senators like Rand Paul of Tennessee and from former U.S. Sen. and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. So the stage was set, or was it?

There had been news accounts circulating that Sarah Palin was leaning toward support of Cruz’s campaign effort which was endorsed by the Tea Party. Yet in a supposedly unrelated way comes an unsolicited announcement from former Vice President Dick Cheney, that Sarah Palin was supposedly not qualified to be president, when GOP presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain selected her in 2008.

Somewhat convenient and coincidental that Cheney’s announcement comes out in the period that Palin’s endorsement for Cruz is given, in one of the most important GOP backed establishment elections in the nation. One could speculate that this may have been a way to neutralize her endorsement’s effectiveness or create an air of diminishing importance? In other words they wanted to wish her and the Tea Party into the cornfield or cow pasture never to be seen again. Well it seems the Texas voters have already decided that one on Tuesday night. Texas endorses the Tea Party and Palin’s leadership.

When will these political dinosaurs understand that there is a new day in America? It would certainly be wise for the old style Washington insider political backroom deal makers to understand what incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana found out earlier in May, first hand.

The Tea Party movement did not fade away but moved to unseat Lugar. They worked tirelessly to support Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock and meanwhile, Mourdock received the backing and endorsement of Palin. Mourdock beat Lugar who had not lost a U.S. Senate race since 1976. Another Tea Party and Palin win on the books.

So much for the media and the GOP establishment doubters and the Dick Cheney’s who are trying mightily to discard Sarah Palin’s leadership and influence with the conservative heart and soul of America’s heartland. Now Texas is added to this roster as well.

 

Ted Cruz wins uphill Texas GOP U.S. Seat nomination battle with Sarah Palin supportThe insiders within the Washington Beltway just simply do not get it. Sarah Palin has an ability to connect with people who not only want change but demand changes, in Washington as well as in their state capitols. The Tea Party is now the rightful army of political change in this nation. Of course the Tea Party had been discounted in 2010, and everyone knows how those congressional elections turned out for Tea Party supporters, and their candidates who unseated Pelosi’s democrat house majority.

The Texas race should be a crucial reminder that the Tea Party and Sarah Palin have remade the political campaign mapping strategy used in the good old days before the Tea Party. Now, freedom of political choice tied to conservative political principles is much more important as an election determiner than the millions of dollars spent to bury those principles, ideals and a single, sincere political leader called Sarah Palin.

How interesting, right? It may take a Texas sized shellacking to wake up the GOP establishment in Washington and America to the vibrancy and vitality of a supposedly dead Tea Party movement. How interesting indeed. They do things bigger in Texas. Texas heard Palin’s message, now it is America’s turn at the GOP national Convention in Tampa. Let Palin speak Mitt Romney. The Texas victory is real and so is Sarah Palin’s leadership. Conservatives can see the Tampa Convention from their living rooms. Romney are you listening?

Let me know what you think: http://shar.es/vqhFP

ABC NEWS Says Tea Party Is Losing Momentum As Cruz Wins Texas Runoff

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In another upset election, Tea Party back Ted Cruz clinched the Texas Republican Senate nomination.  With forty-eight percent of the precincts reporting, Cruz was ahead of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst 55%-45%.  A Ted Cruz victory was seen as a long shot against the establishment backed Dewhurst who also received support of Gov. Rick Perry.  Besides having the conservative credentials that drew the admiration of the Tea Party, Cruz also utilized new media and outmaneuvered Dewhurst to victory.  Politico reported that:

For all the hype surrounding social media in campaigns, Cruz is among the first American examples of a dark horse candidate who rode to victory by tapping into the vast power of Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email. Whether he wins or loses Tuesday, the fact that he emerged as a serious contender — thanks largely to a foundation poured online — has even his opponents in awe…

Among Cruz’s smart cyber moves: Weekly calls with supportive bloggers, who had access to the candidate throughout the race. Two full-time staffers focused on social media content, resulting in speedy responses to just about every tweet, Facebook comment and email.

A microsite, cruzcrew.org, that empowered volunteers to take on tasks and print out campaign literature. The use of social media ads from the earliest days of the campaign to build a mailing list that is, in the words of Vincent Harris, the Cruz campaign digital strategist, “bigger than most of the failed Republican candidates for president.”

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Furthermore, “on Facebook, the Cruz campaign sent city-specific status updates so that, for instance, only users in Waco would receive the update about Cruz’s upcoming Waco appearance. Meanwhile, whenever Cruz appeared on national or statewide radio or TV programs, his campaign website would post a special splash page to specifically welcome the listeners or viewers who came there during or immediately after the show.”  Lastly, “the campaign also took advantage of the resources provided by Google and Facebook, both of which have dedicated Republican and Democratic staffers available to offer advice. As recently as this week, Harris said, the campaign deployed an idea provided to them by Google’s Republican outreach guru Rob Saliterman.”

The end results was a clear victory and provided the third knockout the Tea Party has delivered to the squishy Republican establishment.  This victory should quell any apprehension pundits might have about the Tea Party’s life span.   It’s not on life support. However, the dead tree media feels that the Tea Party is running out of gas, despite Mr. Cruz’s well executed campaign and the two other senate upsets we scored this year with Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Deb Fischer in Nebraska.

FAIL.

I think the mainstream media is running out of things to write about.  It’s the only explanation to this grossly presumptuous piece by Elizabeth Hartfield.  This wouldn’t be the first time ABC fabricated a story.  In her post, which was before Cruz’s resounding win, Hartfield stated that “it’s too early to declare the “death of the Tea-Party” movement. But the so-called Tea Party candidates have yet to claim the kind of wins that they did before.” Well, that was generous.  She claims:

Only one Tea Party candidate has won the GOP nomination in their state’s Senate race. Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the state’s primary in May.

Other candidates who were, at one point or another, considered strong contenders in GOP primaries ended up with relatively weak showings in their respective contests.

In Nebraska, state Treasurer Don Stenberg, once considered the strong challenger to the “establishment” candidate, Attorney General Jon Bruning, wound up finishing third in the GOP primary, with both candidates losing to state Sen. Deb Fischer. In Utah, Sen. Orrin Hatch defeated Tea Party challenger Dan Liljenquist by a margin of more than 30 percent, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

One big “establishment vs. Tea Party” primary has yet to take place. In Texas, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who is widely viewed as an up-and-coming Tea Party star and frequently compared to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (both men are of Hispanic descent) is in the final weeks of a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is viewed as the establishment candidate in the race. Polls have consistently shown Dewhurst in the lead, but some political observers in the state believe that Cruz could benefit from the July 31 runoff, where turnout will be low and likely consist of a more steadfastly conservative demographic.

 Well Ms. Hartfield, Cruz won! Lastly, Deb Fischer was backed by Sarah Palin and anyone who isn’t part of the establishment who wins in the final showdown is a victory for us.For heaven’s sake, even The Atlantic placed Deb Fischer’s Nebraska Senate Primary victory as a win for the Tea Party.
Who cares if a lot of people ran in a race and diluted the vote.  The point is that our candidates won.  Candidates who feel that standing on principle is more important than trivial intra-party politics.  If you think I’m wrong, then Gov. Scott Walker would not have survived his recall election.  When you hold firm to your convictions, the voters will rewards you and the grassroots effort will unite behind you.
Nevertheless, Hartfield quotes Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, saying “my sense of this is that the Tea Party is traveling the route that we would expect historically for a movement of its sort…in the beginning it has more energy than it does two years later and two years after that. In part, it’s because it’s been very successful already and in part it’s because over time, busy Americans lose interest.”
I couldn’t disagree more and these past victories have proven one incontrovertible fact, which is that the Tea Party is now the heart and soul of the GOP and its members constitute the new base.
The Fire Rises…

Conservative CAPE PAC Pledges Continued Support for Ted Cruz in Texas Republican Runoff

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Conservative Group Supports Cruz in the GOP Senate Primary

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WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With 62 days left until the Republican Senate runoff race in Texas, the Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC (CAPE PAC) will continue its educational and GOTV campaign for state Solicitor General Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz in his bid against Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, it was announced today.

Emerging from a field of nine Republican candidates, Tuesday’s primary results indicate growing momentum for Ted Cruz, since David Dewhurst – the establishment candidate – fell short of breaking the 50 percent margin of votes needed to avoid a runoff.

CAPE PAC Chairman Jeff Loyd said, “It’s critical that we do all that we can to win a majority in the U.S. Senate with conservative leaders like Ted Cruz. This runoff is the next big step on the road to victory in November.”

Loyd noted that there were only 145k votes separating Cruz & Dewhurst. More telling was that less than 1.4MM total votes were cast for the Texas Republican Senate race, which is far short of the more than 10MM Texans registered as Republicans and it was an open primary.

CAPE PAC launched a digitally focused push to get out the vote for Cruz in his successful drive to force a runoff against Dewhurst, focusing the conversation around the hash tag #VOTECRUZ which has begun to trend on Twitter. One of the many facets to CAPE’s digital campaign was a targeted online video viewed by more than 30,000 Texans in the days leading up to the primary. You can watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2i7j4BfsPc or visit the CAPE PAC candidate support site for Ted Cruz at www.votetedcruz.org/

Over the course of the next 60+ days leading up to the runoff vote on July 31st, CAPE PAC will be engaging in a wide range of voter contact activities to get out the vote for Cruz including launching a massive call campaign targeting more than 3 million registered Republicans and Independents in Texas. They are focused on driving a large search, social, online video, and email campaign focused on why Cruz should be elected over Dewhurst. They will also be utilizing digital remarketing and other new media advertising techniques to find Texans online with interest in the campaign in an effort to help sway votes for Cruz. As part of this rollout, CAPE PAC is launching an all-out push on television nationwide to drive interest in Cruz to help him prevail against Dewhurst. Loyd was clear that their goal was simply to, “get as many registered Republican voters out to the polls as possible in support of Cruz on July 31st.”

The Coalition of Americans for Political Equality has built on its experience in Indiana and Nebraska with similar get out the vote activities in preparation for the runoff in July. CAPE PAC proved to be an influence in the victory of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in defeating six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. The organization also conducted a voter outreach campaign in Nebraska to target 90,000 registered Republicans to get out the vote for the G.O.P. primary race.

CAPE PAC’s Chairman Jeff Loyd said: “After our campaign experience from Indiana, Nebraska, and this first round in Texas, we feel the most important thing we can do is to reach out by phone and help inform as many registered Republicans as possible about Cruz and do all that we can to get out the vote for him.”

Loyd said Texans now have a “clear choice between a true conservative – Ted Cruz – versus a moderate Republican who would likely continue destructive state policies [Dewhurst].”

Cruz is the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, serving from 2003-08 and representing Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court and all state and federal appellate courts. He was also the youngest Solicitor General in the United States and also longest serving Solicitor General in Texas history.  He has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including 9 before the Supreme Court. As Solicitor General, Cruz had numerous victories for Texas including defending the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument, the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, and others.

“We know what a great leader Cruz has been for the state of Texas and what an advocate he has been for the U.S. Constitution. We want to see more of that kind of leadership in Washington,” Loyd said.

The Coalition of Americans for Political Equality Political Action Committee (CAPE PAC) is a non-profit political organization dedicated to restoring conservative values in the politicians elected to represent all citizens of the United States of America. Through the utilization of tools in the CAPE PAC advocacy center, our goal is to assist an informed and active citizenry in their drive for change in the political landscape this November and beyond.

Ted Cruz Underdog Victory in Texas Primary

AUSTIN, Texas, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a true Tea Party vs. establishment showdown, fiscally conservative candidate Ted Cruz forced establishment candidate David Dewhurst to a runoff election.  The runoff election is expected to take place in late July.

“For the past year FreedomWorks for America has been preparing activists and building grassroots communities across the state so that Texas Tea Partiers were ready to support Cruz in this race,” commented Ryan Hecker, Chief Operating Officer of FreedomWorks for America.

“This is an incremental, but important victory for the limited government grassroots movement in Texas.  We have helped maximize our 100,000 Texan activists’ efforts by providing materials, phone banking, and walking map technology.  The activists have risen to the challenge and run a sophisticated ground game on behalf of Ted Cruz.”

FreedomWorks for America was one of Ted Cruz’s earliest endorsements, announcing support for the constitutional conservative in June 2011. Since the endorsement, FreedomWorks for America hosted 26 “Get out the Vote” events and established 35 distribution centers across the state to distribute approximately 46,000 door hangers, 8,600 yard signs, and 7,500 bumper stickers.

Hecker continued, “Ted Cruz’s success in Texas is yet another example of a larger national movement to support fiscal conservative House and Senate candidates like Dan Liljenquist in Utah, Richard Mourdockin Indiana and Josh Mandel in Ohio. Cruz would not only be a strong addition to take back the majority in the Senate, but also to strengthen the cohort of fiscal conservatives who will take leadership on crafting serious reform and advancing pro-growth economic policy.”

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5/29/12   Anti-Sharia activist, blogger and media personality Pam Geller; Chris Hayes apologizes; Can Ted Cruz win his primary in Texas? Join us tonight at 10pmET, 7pm Pacific on the CDNews Network on Blogtalk Radio.

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