29 August 2012
Ted Cruz interview by Greta Van Susteren
28 August 2012
Video of Ted Cruz's RNC convention speech
Here's the video of Ted Cruz's speech to the Republican convention:
Ted Cruz speech at RNC tonight at 8:30
Ted Cruz speaks tonight to the RNC convention around 8:30pm in Texas. Apparently tedcruz.org is scheduled to have a livestream.
25 August 2012
From Marco Rubio's An American Son:
It didn't work in 2010 in Florida. It didn't work in 2012 in Texas.
[Charlie Crist] sent a mail piece titled "The Real Rubio" to Republican voters across the state. The front of the piece had an image of what appeared to be militant student protesters, along with a picture of Che Guevara over my left shoulder. On the back, it identified several bills that would have given children of undocumented immigrants in state tuition rates and health insurance.
06 August 2012
How much is Dewhurst willing to spend?
As soon as the runoff election results came in, people started speculating about 2014. Today, Paul Burka pronounced Dewhurst's political ambitions dead.
That seems to me to rest on one thing, which Burka didn't mention: how much money is Dewhurst willing to spend?
Robert Garrett mentioned something a few days ago that seems very relevant:
Asked what his net contribution of personal funds to the effort was, after some repayments last fall, Dewhurst replied, "A little less than 20 [million dollars], unfortunately."Why is that so relevant? Sometime in spring 2011 I went back and looked at campaign finance reports from Dewhurst's previous campaigns. In his close campaigns, he had loaned himself up to about $20 million. That seemed to be the psychological barrier. But if I correctly understood some opaque campaign finance reports, he then used lobbyists/megadonors to pay himself most of that back, so that he really was never out much money.
Under the "millionaires amendment" to the 2002 McCain-Feingold law overhauling federal campaign-finance rules, he now will be able to recoup only $250,000 of that from others.
So if Dewhurst can't get back any of the $20 million that he spent on his Senate campaign (now we know why he was more interested at the end of the campaign in raising money rather than winning because the money he raised before election night could be paid back to himself), it is quite possible that he has reached a certain psychological barrier.
Dewhurst obviously has lots of money. But perhaps it isn't 100% clear that he is going to spend so lavishly in a future race.
01 August 2012
Ted Cruz victory speech
Watch Ted Cruz's victory speech: