If you asked the current GOP candidates for president, most would likely tell you that god told them to run. Either they’re imagining things, or god is trolling a whole bunch of Republicans by encouraging all of them to declare their candidacy. Remember how well that worked out for Michele Bachmann in 2012?
As Donald Trump continues to lead in the Republican polls and the air starts to go out of the Ben Carson balloon, GOP primary voters have started to look at other candidates who have been waiting for their turn in the spotlight. The contender with the best financial and ideological standing to make a deep run at the nomination is Ted Cruz, and according to Iowa congressman Steve King, Ted Cruz was sent by god to save the “soul of America.”
Via Right Wing Watch:
Ted Cruz has picked up the endorsement of Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who is not only an influential political force in the first-in-the-nation caucus state but also a prominent face of the anti-gay and anti-immigration movements.
“For almost a year now, my regular prayer has been that God would raise up a leader whom he will use to restore the soul of America,” King said in a video message, asking Iowans to “do your duty for God and country, come to caucus, and support Ted Cruz for president of the United States.” (Source)
Given that this endorsement is from an Iowa congressman where the first GOP voters go to the polls in less than two months, this is huge for Ted Cruz. It’s also devastating for “contenders” like Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum who desperately need the support of evangelical conservatives in order to make any sort of showing in the caucuses.
Politico reports that Ted Cruz’s shot at winning the nomination is looking better than ever, considering that he has plenty of cash on hand and is well-organized across the country. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio come across as more moderate, but only the more rigidly and severely conservative will do for Republican voters in 2016.
Once Ben Carson sells enough of his books, he’ll drop out and blame establishment Republicans and the “liberal media” for his failure. Donald Trump could lose a couple of primaries and then re-enter the race as a third-party candidate, just to make sure that the GOP’s chance of winning the White House is totally eliminated.
This is where Ted Cruz comes in to pick up the ex-supporters of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, both of whom he has been very careful not to anger so far. It’s a smart strategy, and one that I think will ultimately pay off for the first-term senator from Texas. Ted Cruz may come across as being crazy, but he’s actually very clever and calculating, and he knows just the way to the hearts of Republican primary voters. Ted Cruz understands the perfect formula of blind faith and unwavering acceptance of conservative doctrine that will appeal to religious conservatives in Iowa and beyond. We know that god didn’t tell Cruz or any other candidate to run for president, but you can’t convince his supporters otherwise.
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