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Ted Cruz PAC Boss: Peter King's Slam Is an Endorsement

By    |   Tuesday, 24 March 2015 03:16 PM

Rep. Peter King's trashing of Sen. Ted Cruz will actually help the Texas Republican in his bid for the White House, Raz Shafer, executive director of the Draft Ted Cruz for President PAC, tells Newsmax TV.

"Congressman King saying he'd rather jump off a bridge than see Ted Cruz become the president is quite an endorsement that likely helps the senator in his race," Shafer said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

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"He's got a lot of work to do between now and becoming a nominee and eventual president, but I'm convinced the senator has [what] it takes."

In a Facebook post on Monday, King said Cruz would make a better carnival barker than president and later elaborated on CNN's "The Situation Room," calling him "a guy with a big mouth and no results."

Asked by Wolf Blitzer if he would support Cruz should he nail down the GOP nomination, the New York Republican answered, "I hope that day never comes. I will jump off that bridge when we come to it."

Cruz, an unabashed ultra-conservative, officially threw his hat into the ring on Monday during a fiery speech at Liberty University — making him the first of his party to declare.
And he's ready to take on any and all challengers, according to Shafer.

"He's assembled one heck of a team of great operatives around him, solid conservatives … I'm confident he can do this," Shafer said.

But he admits Cruz must also work to appeal to moderate Republicans, some of whom feel he is too far to the right.

"When it comes to convincing people to vote for him and building a coalition across the country, what it ultimately comes down to is the senator's positions resonate with the vast majority of Americans," he said.

"This is not an extreme agenda. The people that say that are the people that just don't want to engage with him in the arena of ideas. There are people that are scared of him partly because he's smart.

"But what I believe the senator can do in the national scene is the same thing he did here in Texas … He spent literally years going across the state, talking to every Republican club, every group of conservatives and Republicans he could find, conveying to them his beliefs about the Constitution and about a restored America."

Those efforts took Cruz from a crippling two percent in the polls to winning a senate seat.
"And he'll be able to grow that into a nationwide coalition that can put him in the White House," Shafer said.

"We're definitely going to see a number of people get in this race. It's going to be highly contested, but that's where the senator is going to shine very brightly. What he has is a compelling vision for America."

Shafer said at Cruz's declaration speech at Liberty University, the senator asked Americans to imagine a country where "we don't have a president who's afraid to stand with their allies, where we have a president that's willing to stand by the Constitution in every amendment in the Bill of Rights."

Cruz would be that sort of leader, Shafer said.

"When the Americans get to see the full slate of candidates that we have, there's going to be one man that stands tall above them," he said.

"That's a principled fearless conservative, who's going to fight for us and who has a track record of not just casting votes, but of exercising his voice. That's what sets him apart from a lot of the people who he'll be competing against."

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Rep. Peter King's trashing of Sen. Ted Cruz will actually help the Texas Republican in his bid for the White House, Raz Shafer, executive director of the Draft Ted Cruz for President PAC, tells Newsmax TV.
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 03:16 PM
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