Why I’m Not Voting for Ted Cruz – SHOCKING | The Educated Voter – Mike Grayson


On September 8, 2015, Ted Cruz showed up at the Kim Davis rally, unannounced and uninvited.   He walked into the jail and was stopped by a deputy.  The deputy told him that Kim was in the back with her attorney and Mike Huckabee, and he would need to wait in the lobby.

Ted became irate and attempted to bully the deputy and said, “Do you know who I am?” which was heard by all who were present.  At that point Governor Huckabee steps in and says it’s OK for Ted to join them.  He explained to Ted that all of the speakers had been scheduled and he would not have an opportunity to speak, but he could have a photo op with Kim inside the jail.

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Ted was then told that when he exited the jail he was to turn LEFT and go stand with the elected officials, because Davis, her attorney and Governor Huckabee would be right behind him and were scheduled to talk to the press, which were off to the right.  CRUZ SAID HE UNDERSTOOD AND PROMISED THAT HE WOULD NOT DISRUPT THE RALLY.  The campaign staff was in the building and they all heard Cruz say this.

Mike Huckabee’s Political Director, Jim Terry, was concerned that Ted wasn’t going to cooperate and pulled Aaron Chang, who had organized the rally, off to the side and told him to make sure that Ted didn’t try to go to the press and disrupt the rally.  So when Ted exited Aaron was waiting.
When Ted exited he turned RIGHT with the intent of talking to the media, BREAKING THE PROMISE HE HAD MADE JUST MINUTES BEFORE!  Governor Huckabee and the campaign staff were astounded at his behavior at a rally he was neither invited to or scheduled to speak at.
 
Aaron stopped Ted, in full view of the cameras (video below).  Aaron (in the red shirt) told him that Davis, the attorney and Governor Huckabee were coming out and that he should go over and stand with the elected officials because they had a schedule to keep.  Ted then attempted to bully Aaron with the tactic he had just used in the jail.
 
If you watch the video you will see Jim Terry exit with a cell phone to his ear.  The reason he was on the phone was that he was trying to defuse the situation, giving instructions to the rest of the team to not allow Ted on the speaker’s platform or in the media pit. Ted  was out of control at this point. He tried to side step Aaron but was stopped.  He finally relented.

 

But it wasn’t over.
 
Ted and his companion then go to over to the steps leading up to the speaker’s platform but Jim Terry was there waiting for them.  Jim stopped them and once again Cruz tried to bully his way onto the platform. Jim stood firm and once again Ted relented.
 
But it still wasn’t over.
 
Then, when Davis, her attorney, and Governor Huckabee were speaking on the platform, Ted goes over behind the cameras and tries to get their attention so that they rotate the cameras 180 degrees, off of the speakers and toward him! It was a desperate and deliberate attempt to disrupt the rally and take the focus off of Kim Davis and put it on himself.
 
When all of this failed, Ted retreated with a forlorn and dejected look on his face, where I am told that his companion rounded up some of the media to take pictures.  The next thing we know Amanda Carpenter (the Communication Director for Senator Ted Cruz), publishes an article in the Conservative Review condemning Governor Huckabee as selfish.  The Cruz campaign made a deliberate attempt to make Gov. Huckabee look bad, when in fact Cruz was the villain.
 
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People from the Cruz campaign then began spreading that Cruz was a victim and was very sad about what happened.  They were pushing the false narrative that Cruz was blocked by Governor Huckabee when he showed up unannounced, not on the speaker schedule, just minutes before the Governor, Kim and her attorney were scheduled to meet with the press. He wasn’t a speaker. He wasn’t on the schedule.  This link shows just one Tweet our of many, that propagated that false narrative.
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Perhaps what is most disturbing about this incident is that Ted Cruz didn’t really support Kim Davis in the first place. On the Sunday prior to the rally he was interviewed by NPR and said, “State officials cannot ignore a direct judicial order” meaning that Kim Davis was required to do what the judge had ordered.  You can draw your own conclusion, but mine is that he wanted the free press so that he could be viewed as a defender of religious liberty.  The link to his response is below.
Then, I spent a week in Iowa helping to organize and campaign for Gov. Huckabee as his National Grassroots Chair.  I was told, first hand, by people in Iowa that the Cruz campaign was telling them not to vote for Mike because he couldn’t win.  
Then I saw the “Voter Violation” mailers being sent to Iowa voters by the Cruz campaign which was an appalling campaign dirty trick and drew the ire of the Iowa Secretary of State.
 
Then, the Cruz campaign sent out instructions to tell their caucus speakers to tell everyone that Carson was dropping out of the race.  
I have also heard by many in Iowa that Rafael Cruz was speaking all over the state telling people that Governor Huckabee supported Common Core, which they knew was false.  
I wasn’t surprised when in South Carolina, the Cruz campaign was forced to pull false ads directed at Marco Rubio.
 
Those are the reasons why I will not be voting for Ted Cruz in the Texas GOP Primary.

 

Source, Mike Grayson: Why I’m Not Voting for Ted Cruz 

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Trump Raises Nearly 6 Million For Veterans At Benefit Rally During The GOP Debate


DES MOINES, Iowa  — If Donald Trump had any second thoughts about skipping the GOP debate, he certainly didn’t show it as he took the stage before a raucous crowd at Drake University on Thursday night to say that he had raised nearly $6 million for veterans in one day.

The entire event was put together in less than 24 hours. 

For several days now, the pundits have pontificated about the damage that Trump’s decision could inflict on his campaign. But, comparing his crowd and the number of cameras to the Academy Awards, Trump waved off the notion that Iowans would see him as a sore loser.

“We love our vets,” Trump said.

“When you’re treated badly you have to stick up for your rights,” Trump added, alluding to his relationship with Fox. “And that’s what our country has to do.”

“We have to stick up for our country when we’re being mistreated.”

He added that Fox had been “extremely nice,” but it was too late. In an interview with CNN just before the rally, Trump said Fox News “apologized” to him for a mocking statement the television network issued.

Also appearing with Trump were two men who didn’t make the prime-time debate, and the two most recent winners of the Iowa Caucuses: Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

‘Donald Trump isn’t scared of anything’

Trump supporters who waited hours in the cold to see him roundly disputed the notion that he would see any attrition in his support in Iowa, where he has led in recent polls.

In interviews, many voters here said the controversy was yet another example of Trump bucking the establishment — a trait that has endeared them to him from the beginning — and that they were proud of him standing up to Fox News.

Ernie Ratcliffe, an army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, drove in from Kansas City for the rally, scoffed when asked for his thoughts on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s contention that Trump skipped the debate because he was afraid of taunts or difficult questions from the Fox moderators or rival candidates.

“Donald Trump isn’t scared of anything. He’s not scared of absolutely anything,” said Ratcliffe, who has signed up with his wife to call New Hampshire voters on Trump’s behalf next week. “Donald J. Trump said he was going to do this and he’s done it. He’s a man of his word.”

Ratcliffe said he was convinced that Trump was the only candidate who could clean up the Department of Veterans Affairs and that it would be “one of the first things he does when he gets into office.”

“He’s going to get it squared away,” Ratlcliffe said. “It’s not going to take him very long to do it. He’s going to put the right people in. He knows how to manage things. He’s a very successful businessman. He’s going to get it done very quickly and very, very well.”

Randal Thom, a former Marine who was among the first admitted to Trump’s event, said he loved it that Trump refused to back down.

“When it came out yesterday that he was actually doing this (rally) in less than 24 hours, it was amazing,” Thom said. “It just shows he has the ability to rally and get things done.”

Thom, who raises Alaskan Malamute and Pomalute puppies in Minnesota, and plans to spend Monday in Iowa volunteering for Trump, dismissed Cruz as “a Canadian born citizen” and described the Texas senator, as well as the other GOP contenders as “weak.”

“Trump is a 100% strongman. He’s bullet proof,” Thom said. “People say, ‘Oh look at his background. Look at the number of wives he’s had.’ You know what? I don’t care about that. What I care about is his future.”

Inside the auditorium where Trump spoke, the campaign reserved special seating for veterans, many of them disabled, and Trump recognized them as he took the stage.

Source: fox8.com