TED CRUZ HITS BACK
His critics like to ask Sen. Ted Cruz if he’s actually qualified to run for the White House. And the Texas Republican is only too happy to tell them about it.
“Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate. I spent 51/2 years as the solicitor general of Texas, chief lawyer for the state of Texas before the Supreme Court. I supervised and led every appeal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-person agency with over 700 lawyers. Over the course of 51/2 years, over and over again Texas led the nation defending conservative principles and winning,” Mr. Cruz recently told CNN host Dana Bash, who was curious about his political credentials.
This is a convenient, repeat press narrative about Mr. Cruz, and one which his strategists must neutralize. Critics either claim he won’t compromise, or has no practical experience.
“My problem with Cruz is that he’s very, very smart — he’s going to Wall Street these days and impressing people with his intelligence,” New York Times columnist David Brooks told National Public Radio, “But he’s in the new era of performance politics. He actually hasn’t done much governing in his life but he’s done a lot of performing.”
Mr. Cruz, however, wisely vows to remain in the realm of civility. “There may be other candidates who choose to throw rocks in my direction. I’m not going to engage in the personal mudslinging, in the negative attacks on people’s character,” he told CNN.