Why Did Palin Snub Cruz?

January 22, 2016

by Gary L. Bauer


Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday in Iowa, leaving a lot of conservative leaders scratching their heads. The race in Iowa is neck-and-neck, and many grassroots conservatives are trying to decide between Trump and Ted Cruz.

Both Palin and Cruz are closely identified with the Tea Party movement. Palin has a long relationship with Cruz, who is much closer to her on values issues than Trump. Nevertheless, Cruz was magnanimous about the endorsement, saying that he and Palin will always be great friends.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad also weighed in yesterday with an outrageous “Anybody but Cruz” endorsement. The governor, citing the senator’s support from the oil and natural gas industry, said that he wanted to see Cruz defeated in Iowa.

Well, of course, Ted Cruz has support from oil and natural gas companies. He’s from Texas! He has a conservative energy policy. I think Branstad’s action has nothing to do with energy companies and everything to do the party establishment trying to stop a movement conservative.

The race is extremely close in Iowa, and it remains to be seen whether these developments will swing voters one way or the other.

One place where the race no longer seems close is the Democrat primary in New Hampshire. A WMUR/CNN released late yesterday finds Bernie Sanders surging to a whopping 27-point lead over Hillary Clinton. The race has swung 17 points in the past month, giving Sanders a 60 percent to 33 percent lead.

Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.


Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.

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2 comments on “Why Did Palin Snub Cruz?”

  • RichardMason1 says:

    Could someone cut and paste for me the part of the article that answers the question the title of the article poses?

  • jk105 says:

    Maybe she snubbed Carnival Cruz because he is a promiscuous liar.
    On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/266631-cruz-reveals-he-doesnt-have-health-insurance that he and his wife have no health insurance because their carrier canceled their policy due to Obamacare. As reported that day:
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday said he does not have healthcare insurance because of ObamaCare. “I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who’s lost their healthcare because of ObamaCare? That would be me,” Cruz said at a rally in Manchester, N.H. “I don’t have healthcare right now.”
    As a member of Congress, the Texas senator is eligible for a 75 percent employer subsidy if he enrolls through the ObamaCare exchanges. But Cruz, a staunch critic of the law who spearheaded a temporary government shutdown in 2013 to try to defund it, decided to buy healthcare through the private market after his wife, Heidi Cruz, took a temporary leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs and lost her benefits.
    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) called Cruz’s claim a “misleading ObamaCare sob story.” “Ted Cruz had the option of signing up for coverage through his position as a U.S. Senator, but opted out in order to make a political point,” DNC spokesman Eric Walker said in a statement on Thursday. “The fact that Ted Cruz would use his own irresponsible decision as an excuse to take affordable care away from 19 million Americans is despicable,” he added.
    Aaaaand, Ted Cruz http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/266792-cruz-still-has-health-insurance-despite-claims-report:
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign on Friday said the Texas senator never lost his health insurance — contradicting his claim a day earlier that his plan had been canceled due to Obamacare. Campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the Wall Street Journal that Cruz’s insurance broker told him he had lost coverage after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas terminated his preferred provider organization, or PPO, on Dec. 31. But he had actually been automatically enrolled by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in a “health maintenance organization” plan that kept him covered in January.

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