Looks Like Cruz Is In The Running For 2016
March 20, 2014 by Sam Rolley
The 2016 Presidential contest is still far enough away that most potential contenders are remaining coy about whether they’ve decided to get involved in the race for the White House. But for the politically astute, it’s no secret that waiting for an announcement in the era of super PACs is a good way to be the among the last people to know who’s running. And PAC-related news out this week makes it a fair assumption that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be a major player in the GOP primary leading up to next Presidential election.
This week, a key Cruz staffer announced that he has left the Senator’s side to focus on running a PAC dedicated to drafting the Texas politician to run for President. Raz Shafer, formerly a regional director for the Cruz apparatus, broke the news in an op-ed column for the conservative RedState.com.
I have personally met thousands of men and women in Texas and across the country who, like me, have been inspired by Ted’s passion and courage. We’re thankful to finally have a voice in Washington. It gives us all hope that we can save this great country.
It’s why I decided to leave the senator’s Senate office and begin working to help the grassroots organize a campaign to draft Ted Cruz for President.
I know there are other candidates who may run as conservatives, but I believe Ted Cruz has demonstrated that he’s the only consistent conservative who will do what it takes to roll back Barack Obama’s agenda. He’s the only one who has the passion, principles, and courage needed to deliver real results for Americans.
On the Draft Ted Cruz for President website, the PAC explains that its current mission is to collect 1 million signatures “to serve as the backbone of a campaign that will culminate with Ted Cruz taking the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.”
The petition that Shafer wants supporters to sign does two things, according to the PAC website:
It urges Senator Ted Cruz to run for president by showing the overwhelming number of Americans who support him, and
It lays the groundwork for the kind of grassroots army of volunteers, donors, and early-primary voters that is needed to win in 2016.
Of course, Internet petitions tied to political issues almost always exist to accomplish a little bit more than the stated purpose — and this one is no different.
First, supporters who provided the required information to draft Cruz (name, ZIP code and — here’s the big one — email address) shouldn’t be surprised if they start receiving periodic “dear friend” messages in their inboxes on behalf of the Senator and his political agenda. In addition to building a viable email list, the Cruz folks will also likely use the names and information collected for political research and to source campaign volunteers.
But, knowing all that, if you’re ready to “Draft Ted Cruz for President,” go to Runtedrun.com and “sign the national petition.”