Could Ted ‘Cruz’ to the GOP Nomination?

tdcrz4Last month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to formally announce his run for president. A favorite of the conservative base, he deliberately chose to make his announcement at Liberty University, opening with, “I am thrilled to join you today at the largest Christian university in the world.” If there was any doubt which candidate was going to court Christians the strongest, Cruz tried to remove it with this speech and venue. In his speech, Cruz, a Southern Baptist, told the story of how his father, a pastor, became a Christian.

Cruz recited a long list of Obama policies he opposes, in the passionate, bold style he is known for. He peppered his speech with lines like, “Imagine a president who says, ‘I will honor the Constitution and under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon.’” Unlike some of the GOP candidates who take more moderate positions on illegal immigration, Cruz firmly denounced Obama’s “lawlessness and the President’s unconstitutional amnesty.” He defended religious liberty, specifically mentioning the federal government’s attack on Hobby Lobby and the sanctity of marriage.

The Pulse 2016, a new site monitoring the 2016 presidential candidates, rated Cruz an A- on handling the Indiana religious freedom bill controversy. Cruz initially came out strong, defending Governor Mike Pence for signing the bill and defending Christian businesses’ right to freedom of conscience, but he hasn’t said much about it since. Other potential candidates who scored worse than Cruz were Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham. Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush scored higher than him.

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