Tag: Ted Cruz

Heidi Cruz Tries to Rebuild Bridges Her Husband Burned on Path to White House

Erin McPike, Reuters – December 15, 2015

Heidi Cruz, a Harvard Business School graduate and former Bush administration official, has emerged as a central figure in her husband’s campaign, charming on-the-fence donors while acting as a bridge to the Republican establishment.


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Ted Cruz’s Mean Streak: How His “likability” Campaign Faces Different Battles than Hillary’s

Scott Timberg, Salon – December 10, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz is, apparently, trying to be “likable.” The New York Times has a front-page story about the new push: “Known for Making Enemies, Cruz Tries, Stiffly, To Make Friends.” It’s a problem that the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has had for a long time. (“You’re likable enough, Hillary,” Barack Obama told her when the two were running for the presidency in 2008.) But gender complicates things here. What do we expect from women in leadership positions? What makes a politician likable? How have things changed over the years? And what would it take for Ted Cruz to convince us he’s a fun guy to hang out with?

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After Making Enemies, Ted Cruz Tries to Make Friends

Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times – December 9, 2015

As his crowds swell in Iowa and he battles with Donald J. Trump to lock down the party’s more conservative voters, Mr. Cruz — appraised as grating and pompous as a matter of bipartisan consensus — is working diligently at the simple task of establishing human connections.

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Ted Cruz Coaching His Family Through a Campaign Ad Is Awkward as Hell

Brian McManus, Vice – December 3, 2015

By law, super PAC’s aren’t allowed to coordinate with the political campaigns that they support. The law has produced a number of absurdities in the campaign finance system, one of which is the campaign practice of quietly uploading raw footage of the candidate onto public sites like YouTube, so super PACs can legally use the material in their own ads. The hope, of course, is that no one will notice the videos. But CNN’s Chris Moody did, stumbling on hours raw footage from a Ted Cruz campaign ad shoot.

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Ted Cruz Mocks Hillary Clinton for Scaring Voters with the “Condom Police”

Alan He, CBS News – November 30, 2015

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday evening ridiculed idea that Republicans were waging a “war on women,” calling it, “made up nonsense.” “Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America,” Cruz joked in response to a question at a town hall in Bettendorf, Iowa about his stance on contraception.

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Were Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina Right About Women’s Wages in the GOP Debate?

Lydia Dishman, Fast Company – October 29, 2015

Fiorina’s comment about the 92% of jobs lost were held by women doesn’t hold up under closer inspection. Fiorina likely cribbed this number from Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012. Back then, PolitiFact’s analysts found the statement to be false.

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Ted Cruz Courts Unlikely Voter Group in GOP Presidential Primary: Women

Kate Zezima, Washington Post – September 13, 2015

Cruz (R-Tex.) came here Saturday on a mission to court female Republican activists. His timing may be opportune: As front-runner Donald Trump has come under fire for a string of comments many see as anti-women, Cruz is trying to seize the moment to retain and expand his foothold in the GOP electorate. He also is trying to disprove the axiom that a candidate with a largely evangelical and socially conservative base can’t win over women voters.

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