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Ted Cruz and the Republican Big Tent

By Friday, 10 October 2014 10:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a tea party stalwart.
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., narrowly defeated a tea party opponent in the Republican Senate primary this year.
Ted Cruz has a perfect 100 percent rating from the American Conservative Union.
Pat Roberts has an 84 percent rating from the ACU.
Yet this week Cruz will be in Kansas campaigning for Roberts in an election that is crucial for GOP hopes of retaking the Senate. The reason is simple. Fox News quotes Cruz explaining, “Roberts stood by my side in the fight to defund Obamacare, and he will continue to fight against intrusive liberal policies in the U.S. Senate. To stop the liberal Harry Reid-Barack Obama agenda, we must win the Senate majority — and we can’t do that without Pat Roberts back in the Senate.”
This is what my father meant when he advocated unity among Republicans and a big-tent party that had room for differing views. Instead of dividing ourselves and helping the Democrats, he wanted the GOP to unite over shared values and the primary goal of leading the government.
After he’s re-elected, arguably the most important vote Roberts casts will be to elect Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as majority leader.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and former governor Sarah Palin also realize the stakes in this Kansas election and they are supporting Roberts, too.
Support of brand-name conservatives like these three could well be the difference for Roberts. He currently trails so-called “independent” candidate Greg Orman 48 to 38 percent. Orman is running a campaign that’s disingenuous even for Democrats. He refuses to take positions on many issues because when he does, Kansas voters will realize he’s simply a dishonest Democrat in independent clothing.
Unfortunately, Roberts tea party-backed opponent, Milton Wolf, has refused to endorse Roberts in the November election.
Their primary campaign was a bruising affair that got very personal. Wolf is right to be offended privately, but he’s wrong when he refuses to accept the will of the voters and support Roberts now. Wolf doesn’t have to contribute to the general insincerity of politics by expressing great “friendship” for Roberts or inviting him over to his house to share Thanksgiving dinner.
All he has to do is tell the truth: Control of the Senate is absolutely imperative if conservatives are going to have a chance to roll back the soft socialism of the Obama administration and re-electing Pat Roberts is the right thing to do.
You can take Ted Cruz’ word for it.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Control of the Senate is absolutely imperative if conservatives are going to have a chance to roll back the soft socialism of the Obama administration . . .
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