Cruz and Rubio: A tale of two Republicans

Two Republicans came to Washington.  They turned out to be two very different Republicans. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013, ― Two Republicans came to Washington as United States Senators. Both were immediately haled as being the future of the Party. Both were young, charismatic and claimed they were devoted to the conservative cause. Both have been talked about as potential Presidential candidates.

The problem is, only one of them is a conservative.

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One is Ted Cruz and the other is Marco Rubio.

Ted Cruz burst on to the scene last year in Texas, defeating a RINO Establishment candidate. He has quickly become a superstar. He has stood steadfastly against Amnesty.  Yesterday, after the Supreme Court ruled that states could not ask about citizenship as a part of voter registration, Cruz vowed to introduce an amendment to the Amnesty bill that would allow states to do just that.

Cruz has come out demanding that there be a sixty-vote requirement in the Senate before the debt ceiling is raised. James Carville, the long time Democrat Campaign Consultant, called Cruz the most fearless Republican he has seen in the last thirty years.

Marco Rubio rode the Tea Party wave of 2010 into office. Like Ted Cruz, he faced a RINO Establishment candidate in the form of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Crist is a liberal who as governor supported President Obama’s stimulus bill. Rubio ran as a conservative, eventually forcing Crist to drop out of the Republican Primary and run as an independent. Crist lost badly and is now a Democrat.

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Unfortunately, Marco Rubio might as well be.

Since coming into office, Rubio has acted more like a Democrat than a Republican. He has been the face of the so-called “Gang of Eight.” He has been the leading voice on amnesty, which might as well be called the Republican suicide plan. 

Perhaps Marco Rubio’s goal in life was to be just like his hero John McCain. If so, he is succeeding. Not only is he embracing McCain’s pet goal of amnesty, he is also jumping in with both feet to get the United States involved in Syria.

In Syria, radical Islamists who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaida are at war with the Syrian regime. Rubio this past Sunday on ABC News “This Week” said he would have armed the Syrian Islamist rebels much sooner. 

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How has American intervention in the Middle East worked out so far?

Last Saturday, Sarah Palin addressed the issue and said, “Let Allah sort them out.” Perhaps a better idea is to simply stay out of this fight as America has no compelling interest and no matter who wins the Syrian civil war, America loses.

2016 will be an interesting year for Republican politics.  Ted Cruz, should he decide to, can run for President without giving up his Senate seat. 

Marco Rubio’s Senate term expires in 2016. Given his support for amnesty and not being much of a conservative, at this point it is hard to see him gathering much support for a presidential run. While conservatives need to pick our battles carefully, in 2016, if Rubio runs for reelection, he is the Republican who should be at the top of the list to be primaried. 

Two Republican Senators came to Washington full of promise and hope for the future. Only one of them, Ted Cruz, held to the conservative beliefs that he campaigned on.

One of them is a great Senator and a great American.

The other is a beltway sellout.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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