Let the Circus Begin: Ted Cruz Officially Announces He’s Running for President

cruz-idiotIt’s been obvious since Ted Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012 that he was only using that position to set up his real goal of running for president. In his short time in the Senate, Cruz has quickly risen through the ranks to become possibly the most ridiculous and dishonest senator in Congress.

And now that he’s made his announcement official, it’s time for the circus to begin.

I’ve gone on record as saying Cruz’s campaign is probably going to go down as one of the most absurd in United States history. I joked with a friend the other day that fact-checking sites are going to have to hire new employees and devote entire groups of people to research all the nonsense and lies that are assuredly going to accompany every campaign speech he gives. And while I said it as a joke, it’s probably true.

Just look at his record on fact-checking site Politifact. They’ve fact-checked dozens of his statements and the only one they’ve found to be completely true was about government regulations on toilets.

In fact, let’s take a look at some of the most ridiculous things Cruz has done over these last couple of years:

And that’s just Cruz himself. That doesn’t even include comments made by his father, such as when the elder Cruz said there’s nothing scientific about evolution (claiming it goes “hand in hand with communism”), or that we needed to send President Obama back to Kenya.

But Cruz’s eagerness to jump into the presidential race only serves to underscore just how delusional this man is. In just about every credible poll that’s been done he’s not anywhere near the top, despite the fact that he’s essentially been campaigning for the last 2+ years. Cruz has absolutely no chance at becoming president – none.

While he’s very popular among far-right conservatives, past polls have shown that the more people get to know Cruz on a national level, the more they dislike him. Hell, even many members of his own party can’t stand him. Since the infamous government shutdown a few years ago, he’s mostly been shunned by a majority of Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike.

So, while his candidacy is not a shock to anyone, I can promise the American people one thing: his announcement officially kicks off one of the biggest political circuses this nation will ever witness.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Karlheinz Groeger

    He’s in love with himself! He’s a real example of a narcissist! Because of that, he is incapable of seeing how foolish he acts.

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Ivy League academic creds and a dad shouting in his ear how ‘anointed’ he is to be the ‘savior’ of America will no doubt have that effect.

  • wendy

    I assume his debates will take place on The Comedy Central channel.

  • strayaway

    It’s difficult to imagine Ted Cruz winning the Republican nomination. Our presidential candidates have in recent elections all been pre-selected for us by elites and their corporate owned media. Ted Cruz will most likely not make that cut. We will most likely be offered a dynasty selection of Jeb or Hillary. Jeb is already pleading with his donors not to write checks for more than $1M as it is unseemly. Hillary, meanwhile, has a foundation that accepted $8.6M from a Ukrainian magnate and $7M from Saudis while she was still Secretary of State. Remember when we thought the almost $1M Obama received in 2008 from Goldman Sachs, his second largest contribution, was big money?

    My take is that Cruz will not be able to compete with the anointed Jeb and that despite progressives claims of preferring Warren or Jeffers, they will, in the end settle for and enthusiastically support Hillary. (Baaaa…) Republicans will imagine that Jeb is about small government settling for and enthusiastically support ing Jeb. (Baaaa…)

    • Paul Julian Gould

      Neither Jeb nor Hillary are the ideal candidate for either party, to be sure, but it seems you’re saying that Cruz is… I hope I’m wrong about that, as merely because the likely ones aren’t ideal doesn’t also mean he is….

      • strayaway

        First, Jeb and Hillary are nowhere near ideal candidates. They are both crooks up to their necks in corruption and corporatism. Hillary’s acceptance of $18B of foundation money from Ukraine and Saudi Arabia while Secretary of State is a serious character flaw. Jeb’s shady business deals including with China are unacceptable. Second, I have a couple of major concerns about Cruz. He seems like he is as much of a hawk as Jeb and Hillary. Also, Cruz’s wife is a director of Goldman-Sachs. I don’t know what to make of that. My suggestion was that progressives get out and push for Warren or Jeffers instead of settling for Hillary as the not Republican. A vote for Hillary is about the same as a vote for Jeb. On that, Cruz is correct.

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Well, just to wander off into the ridiculous for a moment, in the unlikely event Cruz somehow gets the (R) nod, what then? And whom?

        Again, someone such as Cruz shouldn’t be even in the same room with the nuclear football, let alone be the guy that gets to play with it.

        As hateful as “lesser of two evils” is to anyone of goodwill and sense, especially in this very strange period in which we’re living, that’s become an essential and necessary evil all on its own.

        At least that is the track my thoughts are taking.

  • Jim Bean

    Things are so much easier for the Dems. They just go down their two-point check list (Estrogen? -check. Hubby named Bubby? – check) and they’ve got their pick for next leader of the free world all picked out.

    Meanwhile, Pubs have go through this insufferably long process of vetting the qualifications and disqualifications of a dozen or more contenders.

    • LeeToo

      hey – those “bubba’s” are red-neck red-staters. the highest number of folks on public care.

      • Jim Bean

        Think before your bark, bigot, and consider who you’re offending. By a 2 to 1 margin, those folks getting the public care are voting Democrat(ic). And now that all you blue staters took the Obamacare supplements, you need to adjust your figures cause all those millions are now getting ‘public care.’

      • LeeToo

        ACA is an INSURANCE exchange. It not only provides lower income people with affordable healthcare (for those states smart enough to participate), it also regulates the industry and helps all of us have insurance that are not “junk policies” or have limits, or won’t cover a pre-existing condition. So, Mr. Beam, whether you like it or not, ACA actually helps you, too.
        And, how is it I offend you? With the truth? With wanting to ensure all American’s enjoy affordable access to the best healthcare in the world. JEEZ! I’m a huge a-h0le, aren’t I?
        BTW – How’s Scotties Right-Wing-Wet-Dream Wisconsin doing these days? LOL!

      • Jim Bean

        A bronze plan IS a ‘junk policy’ because deductibles and copays are too high for people who can only afford a bronze plan to pay.

        You didn’t offend me.

      • LeeToo

        and – BTW – I was born a red neck in a red state, so who am I offending again?

      • Jim Bean

        You’re neighbors?

  • FD Brian

    I’d like to know where all the birthers are on Ted being born in Canada.