2cent wrote: Choosing Glenn Beck as a spokesperson. And Rep. Steve King.
RET423 wrote: Bad choices for sure but they would not harm him if he was being his own “Spokesperson” effectively.
2cent wrote: Since when? It’s been so long since I haven’t for ‘the lesser of two evils’ that I near forget how to vote FOR someone.
RET423 wrote: The “lesser of two evils” does not negate the claim that people are voting “for” someone, it just means that they wish they had more in the “for” column.
Trump has a few issues and some personality traits that have given many people some hope that he might be a candidate that will be immune to the realities of Washington that work to the detriment of the people and prevent campaign promises from becoming reality.
He also has a LOT of baggage that could just as easily make him “effective” at accomplishing all the wrong things. If Trump wins the Primary I will vote for him but it will be a “lesser of two evils” vote and I will be realistic about my expectations.
2cent wrote: 40% of voters seem to think otherwise.
RET423 wrote: 40% of the voters think Trump is the best candidate in the GOP right now, that means they identify with Trumps solutions and believe he will fight for them; it does not mean the election is about Trump.
The election is about a few issues that the voters are concerned about.
A government that ignores their wishes
An illegal immigration crisis that saps our economy and increases crime and Terrorism
A policy created, stagnant economy that prevents everyone except government employees and other Nations from prospering off of us.
Trump is merely the only candidate that has specifically offered solutions to those issues, if the others had offered specific solutions then all of the criticism of Trumps ideas probably would have been more effective.
2cent wrote: If it’s not, it darn sure ought to be! —And also happens to be exactly what Cruz is running on. (And getting himself into trouble with, to a degree.)
RET423 wrote: Cruz has nothing in his resume to cause concern, what he lacks is a simple list of specific actions that he wants to implement to correct our course.
The worst resume in the pack is Donald Trump but he is WAY OUT FRONT, this alone should be enough information for the Cruz campaign to abandon their model; people want direct answers for their concerns TODAY.
2cent wrote: I wish someone would tell those campaigning that.
RET423 wrote: I just did.
2cent wrote: When Cruz gets around to that, by all means, let me know, and I’ll be more than happy to pass it along.
RET423 wrote: That was the point of the piece, to encourage the Cruz campaign and his supporters to drop the “bring down Trump” strategy and give the voters some reasons to vote FOR Cruz over Trump.
2cent wrote: Cruz says he’ll stop the persecution of Christians. So does Trump.
Cruz says he’ll end ObamaCare. So does Trump. (Neither say specifically how.)
RET423 wrote: Neither of these issues is driving Trumps popularity but Obamacare could be a major player for Cruz if he were to embrace it.
2cent wrote: Cruz says he’ll do something about illegal immigration, but not exactly what.
RET423 wrote: Cruz wants to secure the border just like Trump, and he has the advantage of always having supported securing the border.
2cent wrote: If Cruz would just get specific, I’d have more to go on!
RET423 wrote: That was my whole point
2cent wrote: So please, tell me RET, what is it I can present as specifics about how Cruz will go about:
- Helping the economy. a)reducing the power of the EPA? b)cutting regulations by some other alphabet soup agency? c)cutting off H1B visas? d)empowering the Border Control to allow it to do its job? e)stopping the flow of refugees?
RET423 wrote: You just asked for an entire campaign platform, I could infer specifics for all of these questions based on Cruz’s Senate career but it would require a full piece; I may do that next.
Which has been point, for those who have not been following him closely all along his campaign appears as vague generalities, it also leaves him open for many revisionists to cast doubt on his integrity.
2cent wrote: I’ve listened to more than one of Cruz’s speeches. He is yet to bring up anything about shrinking the size of government, and/or rebuilding our military/taking care of vets.
RET423 wrote: Exactly, his campaign speeches are mirroring his old school strategy that has worked in previous years but that will NOT work this year due to the long overdue revolt of the Conservative base in the GOP; Trump is the only one reading the tea leaves correctly this year so he is garnering the best support in spite of not being the best candidate.
2cent wrote: Sorry if that sounded all negative on Cruz. He’s the first in many years for whom I/we had an opportunity to vote FOR!
He - not anybody else - is having me second-guess that ambition.
RET423 wrote My point exactly, Cruz is not trailing from lack of integrity or being out of touch with the concerns of voters; Cruz is struggling from not understanding how to connect with voters in a year where everyone is angry enough to be paying a lot more attention than they usually do in Primaries.