It is obvious to anyone who watched last night’s CNN debate, that [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] was sent to the back of the bus. CNN and particularly Jake “I don’t have a political philosophy” Tapper, treated [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] like a third tier, inferior candidate in the amount of time and questioning allotted to him. The circumstance was almost exactly as he was treated on Fox News last month, as Meghan “I’m an independent” Kelly and her panel seemed to be seeking ratings rather than truth in debate. If you’re not going to play into the media’s blood-thirst for ratings by joining in the political equivalent to a Jerry Springer show, and attack everyone on stage, Tapper isn’t interested in hearing from you. Cruz was shafted, because CNN wanted ratings and a political boxing match, and Cruz remains far above those willing to sink to that level.
Brushing Cruz (polling in third or fourth place) into the pool of those polling in tenth and eleventh place, was so obvious that Bill O’Reilly made several comments speculating over whether CNN was too P.C. or Cruz was too “far right” to allow him to speak. Obviously, O’Reilly who claims to be a conservative while mocking people for being “too far right,” doesn’t get it – as usual. But we have to give him credit for pointing out CNN’s discrimination of Ted Cruz.
Cruz himself even confessed confusion, particularly with the issue of climate change. Cruz was the only member on the stage who has made it obvious that he does not believe that, outside of changing seasons, that scientific proof shows no significant change in the climate for a significant number of years. CNN was so determined to ignore Cruz, they even refused to attack him. They either fear him, and try to prevent the debate master from winning, or they are so out of touch with America they are brushing him off as if he doesn’t stand a chance.
Cruz’s total speaking time was ten minutes and forty five seconds in a three hour debate (about a minute less than Rubio). Another issue resonated with some. The issue was that, Ted was hardly asked direct questions. Many of the reasons he was able to speak, but when the questions were directed at other candidates with [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s name invoked within the question. Basically, the CNN moderators need to look unbiased – so why not direct attacks to Cruz from fellow republicans. John Kasich was the only candidate that took the bait, and I believe Cruz was able to make Kasich look weak on the Iran issue. However, it is to be credited to Kasich, Paul, and others that jumped in on Cruz questions that allowed Cruz to retort, and gain more speaking time.
It was also apparent that Jake Tapper was not interested in hearing anything from Cruz. In two questions to Cruz, Tapper cut him off unlike the method used with any other candidate. Tapper allowed the other candidates to run overtime on all the questions, but when Cruz was trying to finish and answer, Tapper made sure to cut him off without any allowance.
They say that Fiorina and Rubio won the debate, which may be true, but [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] may have been the real winner. His answers were clear, substantial, and strong, will provide his campaign with great material. Fiorina actually helped Cruz greatly, by stealing his steam on the Planned Parenthood answer, and demanding that we as a nation find and fight for our moral ground, she potentially set up Cruz’s next government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood as his biggest campaign success. If Cruz shuts down the government over the illegal activity and disgusting practices committed by Planned Parenthood, Trump must defend him or lose much of his support. Fiorina must support Cruz’s shutdown or all her anti-Planned Parenthood rhetoric will prove hypocritical. After Fiorina’s answer, every candidate who wants to survive with primary voters will have to support Cruz’s effort to defund the criminal and immoral activity of Planned Parenthood, or they will all look weak, leaving Cruz as the only candidate that is truly devoted to save America.
Although we may not know it yet, I’m going to guess that Cruz was actually the winner in this debate despite Tapper’s attempts to shut him out.