Ted Cruz Wins 2016 Straw Poll of Western Conservatives

Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 11:18 PM

By Matt Auerbach

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
On Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, received several standing ovations during the speech he made at the 4th annual Western Conservative Summit in Colorado.

On Sunday, he was the recipient of an even bigger prize: a victory in the conference’s straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, reports the Washington Times.

Cruz garnered captured 45 percent of the 504 total votes cast by those attending the three-day Summit.

John Andrews, founder of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, which hosted the event, said Cruz’s riveting address could very well be the start of a journey that ends up in the White House.

“We shall see what sort of crystal ball summiteers have in awarding that decisive nod to Sen. Ted Cruz, who was so magnificent from this platform,” Andrews said.

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., placed a distant second in the straw poll with 13 percent of the vote.

Walker delivered the keynote address Friday.

Third place was shared by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Florida Rep. Allen West with 9 percent each.

West was the featured speaker at the Summit Sunday; Paul did not attend the conference.

On Saturday, Cruz made it clear that for the time being, his only political aspiration at the moment is to get things done in the Senate.

“At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said.

“And the reason is simple: The Senate’s the battlefield. The Senate is where these fights are being fought.

So I’m devoting my time, No. 1, to trying to stand up for free-market principles and the Constitution.”

Cruz also said he’s convinced there’s a “real possibility for Republicans to retake the Senate and retire Harry Reid as majority leader.”

One of the highlights of Cruz’s speech was the introduction of Don’t Fund It, a national campaign designed to put an end to Obamacare by eliminating its funding from the Sept. 30 budget resolution.

Cruz also called for the end of the Internal Revenue Service, which he said would be possible by simplifying the tax code.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Poll: Support for Scottish Independence at 46 Percent

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 17:50 PM

Support for Scottish independence amounts to 46 percent of the electorate with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United  . . .

Gallup Poll: Voters View of GOP More Positive

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 16:33 PM

Voters have a more positive view of Republicans since last year, a new survey shows. . . .

Candidates On Both Sides Giving Guns in Ads a Shot

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 15:16 PM

Candidates from both parties are adding guns as props to their campaign ads this season not only to show their tough sta . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved