Ted Cruz Walks Away From Reporters When Asked if Chris Christie is a “Real Conservative”

cruz-christieI think it’s safe to say that 2016 is going to be quite interesting.  For liberals, it most likely means Hillary Clinton will be our presidential candidate.  For Republicans, heck—who knows.  As it stands now it’s almost a lock we’ll see Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in the mix.  Probably Marco Rubio and undoubtedly several others.

But one of the things I’m looking forward to most is the inevitable battle between Chris Christie and Ted Cruz.  While Rand Paul and Chris Christie haven’t always had the coziest of relationships, the upcoming clash between Cruz and Christie is going to be absolutely epic.

Take for instance Ted Cruz taking a shot at Chris Christie following the New Jersey governor’s reelection.  Speaking with reporters, Cruz said, “I think it is terrific that he is brash, that he is outspoken, and that he won his race.  But I think we need more leaders in Washington with the courage to stand for principle.  And in particular, Obamacare is not working.”

First, let me just point out how absolutely hilarious it is that even in his “praise” of Chris Christie, Cruz still managed to throw in an anti-Obamacare message.  I wonder if when he orders take out, Cruz says something like, “I’d like a cheeseburger with fries—and Obamacare is bad.”

What the hell did “Obamacare is not working” have to do with anything he was talking about in his statement?

However, going beyond that, Cruz’s comments were a clear jab at Christie.  His “praise” turned into a thinly veiled mocking of some of the qualities many pundits have said make Chris Christie a viable 2016 candidate.

Besides, he basically said Governor Christie doesn’t have principles or courage.

But the most telling thing that came out of this whole ordeal came when reporters asked Senator Cruz if he thought Governor Christie was a “real conservative.”  And what was Cruz’s answer, you ask?

Well—he walked away.  

His representatives claimed he didn’t have time for anymore questions.

Yeah, because saying “yes” or “no” is really extremely time consuming.  But then again, his actions of walking away from the question pretty much give his answer.  I can’t imagine if that same question were asked of him about his good pals Rand Paul or Mike Lee that Senator Cruz would have simply walked away from the question.

And that’s what we’re seeing with the GOP right now as their internal civil war continues to build.  It’s going to be a battle of who’s a “real conservative.”  As if there’s only one kind of conservative, like the GOP is a cult.

Then again, isn’t it on many levels?  The party seems to hold this mentality that either you’re “all or nothing.”  If you’re not with them, you’re against them.  It’s like the character Will McAvoy said on the show The Newsroom when asked how the character on the show could call himself a Republican while attacking the GOP:

“No, I call myself a Republican ’cause I am one.  I believe in market solutions, and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it.  Problem is now I have to be homophobic.  I have to count the number of times people go to church.  I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con.  I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride.  And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect in the 21st century.  But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement, is that I have to hate Democrats.  And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the President when he got off Air Force One.”

And though they’re just words from television character, they’re absolutely accurate.  According to individuals like Ted Cruz and his tea party followers, you’re not a real conservative unless you deny climate change, hate homosexuals, spend half your life at church, oppose abortion and hate President Obama.  Well, that and a whole other host of radical conservative ideologies.

So, I have no doubt that Senator Cruz doesn’t view Governor Christie as a “real” conservative.  The question is, will Christie respond to Cruz’s comments?  I sure hope so.

But even if Christie decides to just let Cruz’s comments go for now, I still honestly can’t wait for the inevitable back and forth between these two.  It’s definitely going to make quite a few headlines.

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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  • $71171541

    Lol, if you silly libs think Hillary has a chance to win after 8 years of Obama you are dumber than I suspected.

    • Pipercat

      Such a bold statement that starts with the most vapid of internet acronyms.

    • Ian

      Against Ted Cruz? Slam dunk! Against Chris Christie? More of a battle but winnable. He’s only a step away from the tea party.

    • LJ

      And I bet that you believed the polls that had Romney winning in 2012. Haha! Pull your head up out of the sand and look around, Hillary is a shoo in if she runs, no matter who it is against.

      • $71171541

        I voted Gary Johnson, actually.

      • LJ

        Even worse, you threw your vote away.

      • $71171541

        Ignorant comment.

      • Vanessa Mitchell

        You should talk?

      • $71171541

        Prison picture?

      • Common sense

        Way to make it personal. Typical rethuglican response. You lose a debate and have to resort to insults..

      • $71171541

        3 thing wrong with your comment. I didn’t lose the debate. I’m not a republican. I didn’t insult anybody.

      • Common sense

        What makes you think her pic is a prison picture? Her top is red not orange.

      • $71171541

        Ah, hard to tell on a cellphone.

      • Common sense

        then my apologies..

      • Vanessa Mitchell

        Just proves you are ignorant….. that’s all…move on

      • $71171541

        Yes, responding to a dead conversation a month and a half later…….who is the one that needs to move on?

      • Guest

        What makes you think her pic is a prison picture? Her top is red not orange..

      • Andy Kinnard

        Not really. It had no effect, did it?

      • $71171541

        It did. It had the effect that I didn’t vote for a politician I don’t agree with .

      • toucanne

        Who? LOL.

      • $71171541

        There’s an informed voter for ya.

      • Informer

        An answer to your question of building the roads, the homeless veterans could have been building the roads and improving the infrastructure if the Republicans had not have attached so much pork to the Presidents bill to get the homeless vets back to working and get them off the streets that it had no chance of passing, ie, obstructionism.

      • sally

        Actually, Clinton and Christie would be an exciting presidential race. Both have major advantages and disadvantages, both have huge numbers of the voting public already behind them, and both live closer to reality than most pols now heading for the primary races, still unannounced but on their way.

    • sonny

      Hillary2016!!!!! we silly libs believe she has all the chance to win big… if you suspect silly libs are dumb that doesn’t mean you are smarter than us..

      • Mino Re

        Please go easy on them. They’ve had a rough few years, what with Fox lying to them and all, and things aren’t going well for them now either, what with their Grand Old Party having been hijacked…They have little better than to lash out.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      im willing to give BIG odds against whatever candidate U think will beat Hillary,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, how about: My 50K against your 10K? nice odds ploughboy— wanna play??

  • Can’tStandTheIdocyAnymore

    But – right and you probably believed Mitt was going to win in a landslide. If you think the majority of Americans believe the BS coming from the GOP you are as dumb as I think you are.

    • $71171541

      Well you’re wrong! Ha! Your assumptions make you look like a fool. Voted Gary Johnson. Would have voted Obama over Romney if they were the only 2 choices.

      • Andy Kinnard

        Why do you think Can’tStandTheIdocyAnymore was writing about you. Narcissism much?

      • $71171541

        Because he replied to my comment. Dumbass much?

      • Andy Kinnard

        Look again, it’s a top-level comment, not a reply. Slink away in shame.

      • $71171541

        First word he wrote, But-, as in directed to me. The post is in response to the one I wrote prior. Use logical reasoning here.

  • Jim

    Hillary was a rich kid, with an ambitious husband and a problem relating to her father because he was demanding and she was a girl. Her entire career has been built around women’s issues and not a damned thing about progressive economic policies, which affect women but everyone else as well. No way will I vote for her or any Republican. See how she comes out after the convention.

    • Common sense

      Hillary will win without your vote.. thanks for playing..

      • Jim

        This is not a game.

      • Common sense

        Tell that to the rethuglicans.

    • Jo Clark

      Uh…rich kid?

      “Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911–1993), was of Welsh and English descent; he managed a successful small business in the textile industry. Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell(1919–2011), was a homemaker of English, Scottish, French Canadian, French, and Welsh descent.”

      Doesn’t smack of rich to me. Her entire career was built around women’s issues? Really? Senator. Secretary of State? Those don’t sound like women’s issues positions to me.

      You might want to do some fact checking before you post next time.

      • Jim

        You might want to fact check your fact checking. He got out of being killed in WWII because of a bad knee but managed to get himself a gig in Chicago as a drill instructor. He managed also to start several businesses, ( define “small business”), lived in an upscale suburb, always drove luxury cars and sent Hillary to an Ivy League school. When Hillary was Secretary of State her policies differed not one whit from the Republicans because if it weren’t for Bill Clinton, she would be a Republican. I for one will never, ever vote for an Ivy Leaguer again, no matter what their humble background because of what that vetting process does to their souls.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        why do U ewaste time on regressive crybabies who have THEIR “facts” marinated as TRUTH within them and are unwilling–and incapable– of change?? he wont vote for her or any republican?? pat Paulsen vote anyone??

      • Vanessa Mitchell

        She broke the glass ceiling…..Sounds like a women’s issue to me

  • LoveOurCountry

    All of these politicians have no souls.

    • Mr Smith

      I personally know a lot of good politicians many of them republican that are good, smart, honest people. The problem is for some reason no one listens to them and they get drummed out of the party when they try to change things for the better, in the best interest of the common good…

      • LoveOurCountry

        My opinion along with a lot of people I know, the entire beltway is a cesspool in dire need of draining. Every last one of them are utter garbage. Democrat, Republican, and the Tea Party all bile and useless.

      • Common sense

        for the most part, yes. and it will continue to be that way until congress has term limits and we end access for special interests groups.

      • LoveOurCountry

        Or these sacks of garbage that are in office face criminal corruption charges. They’re organized crime bosses. Nothing less. Republicans and Democrats.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        not Bernie sanders!!

      • LoveOurCountry

        Ok thats one. I stand corrected but thats the only one. Give Bernie a flame thrower and have him burn the rest of them at the stake.

      • Vanessa Mitchell

        Liz Warren

      • Common sense

        smoke another bowl..

  • Steve Mangano

    Cruz is an asshole. He always will be an asshole and anybody who votes for that is asshole is also an asshole. You deserve what you get.

    • Jo Clark

      Sadly, there’s a whole bunch of us here in Texas who didn’t vote for him and are getting what we don’t deserve =(

      Cruz is one of the most disgusting politicians I’ve seen in all my decades on this earth. Just a complete creep.

      • Genie Christie Long

        Me, too, Jo. The people who really got what they deserve are all the people in Texas who couldn’t be bothered to vote. And we are paying the price.

      • Matthew Reece

        That’s democracy for you. The majority imposes its will upon the minority, morality be damned.

  • Mainah

    Carnival Cruz bashes a large man KNOWN for bullying and explosive temper … this should be wicked entertainment!

  • JamieHaman

    lol, Ted Cruz is gonna have to do better than that against Governor Christie. Dollars to donuts, Christie will wipe the floor with him. Can’t wait, free show.

  • Common sense

    F*** you Cruz… nuff said.