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Zogby, Shirley: Cruz Wise to Let Trump Do the Attacking

 

By    |   Monday, 14 Dec 2015 07:29 PM

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is smart to let his GOP presidential rival Donald Trump do all the attacking while sitting back and waiting to pull in his supporters if Trump's candidacy eventually goes downhill, pollster John Zogby and presidential historian Craig Shirley tell Newsmax TV. 

"You'll see an interesting kind of triangulation," Zogby said Monday on "Newsmax Prime." "You're going to see Donald Trump going after Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz going after Marco Rubio, and vice versa. But not Cruz necessarily going after Donald Trump."

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Cruz realizes he's a beneficiary as he planned, Shirley said. 'Not only of the ongoing demise, it looks like, of Ben Carson, but also as Trump loses points, those go into Ted Cruz's column. So better to lay low a little bit and let Donald Trump do the attacking."

Trump on Sunday called Cruz, who has overtaken him in recent Iowa polls, "a bit of a maniac." Cruz responded not with a counter-attack, but with humor, tweeting out a video of the song "Maniac" from the 1983 movie "Flashdance." 

But Cruz was caught on tape last week at a private fundraiser saying he expects Trump and Ben Carson's support to eventually wane, and he will pick it up.

"This is one of the few times that you see Ted Cruz being really on an even keel," Zobgy said. "What's he supposed to say? Oh, that these guys are on the rise, these guys are going to increase, these guys are going to win? He only said what any candidate would actually say, and, frankly he was pretty benign in the process."

Cruz will not be hurt by the leaked tape, Shirley said, but should have been aware that anything anyone says today is likely to be recorded.

"The second thing is that he was talking like a campaign strategist instead of a candidate for president of the United States, and that probably grated a little bit on his supporters," Shirley said. "He needs to stick to his script and talk like a candidate running for president of the United States."

Marco Rubio, running a distant third currently, just needs to stick to his game plan, Zogby said.

"Rubio at this point needs to be certain that he's not hurting the conservative base and picking up whatever it is he can get from there," he said, "but now he is the, let's say the moderate establishment candidate to beat and he's got to protect that flank because coming out of Iowa, going into New Hampshire."

Iowa is more likely to vote for a more conservative candidate, but a win or strong second-place finish in New Hampshire can keep his campaign alive.

Rubio was running as the national security candidate, but Trump has emerged as the strongman of foreign policy and has taken the wind out of Rubio's sails, Shirley said. "Trump has trumped him, so to speak, on national security issues," he said.

Trump's call to ban all Muslims may work in the Republican primaries, but not in the general election, Zogby said. But Shirley didn't think it was a general election loser.

"Quite frankly when people hear that Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from coming into the United States, what they really hear is security," Shirley said. "They do not feel secure in their personhood and their homes or in their country right now. … So for them, they don't necessarily personalize it as being Muslim individuals so much as let's stop these people who commit terrorism in the past from coming into the country in the future."

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