To the media pundits who have been calling for the Texas Senator to drop out, Cruz has one answer: Drop Dead.
Just a few moments ago Ted Cruz wrapped up a rally in Houston at which he received the endorsement of the enormously popular sitting governor, Greg Abbot. This wasn’t all that unexpected, but it remains incredible still. Cruz now has the backing of two governors, 8 U.S. Congressmen, 5 State Senators, 38 State Representatives, and 4 State officials. All from Texas.
At the rally, Cruz quoted Texas historical icon, William B. Travis. It was an unequivocal response to the Fox News-GOP Establishment-Anti-Trump-Pro-Rubio-Elitist class calling for Cruz to exit the race after a string of close 3rd place finishes.
I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch — The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country — Victory or Death.
-William B. Travis
By using the words of Travis, Cruz made clear that he is not going anywhere, and that he’s still very much in this race to win. His delegate count is set to sky-rocket next Tuesday, despite the media “analysis” hoping otherwise. He’s still the strongest alternative to Donald Trump, and he’s still the most conservative candidate in the race.
The media narrative that’s developed since last Saturday goes like this: Rubio is on the rise, Cruz is stumbling, and thus Cruz must get out of the race to clear the field for Rubio to take on Trump. This is a bigger delusion than Ben Carson still believing he has any shot at the nomination. Let’s not forget, Marco Rubio has lost every single nominating contest this season. He placed 3rd in Iowa, 5th in New Hampshire, and 2nd in South Carolina. Now he’s lost Nevada, a race he was expected to win easily, by more than 20 points! Last time I checked, if you want to be president, you need to actually win somewhere. But the onus is on Cruz to drop out? Give me a break.
Now let me pause here to disclose: I am not attacking the members or writers here at Red State for calling on Cruz to get out of the race. This is not directed at you. I completely understand your frustration with Trump romping our guys while Cruz and Rubio direct their fire at each other. I am critiquing the media-at-large who are trying to paint a narrative that Ted Cruz is a dead man walking. It’s a lie meant to rid the parties of the most hated person in Washington.
As I write this, just now, Houston Public Media and the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy released a poll showing Ted Cruz with a 15 point lead over Donald Trump in Texas. The poll was taken before Greg Abbot endorsed, and before Cruz started going h.a.m. on his home state. I fully expect Cruz to trounce the field in Texas.
This race is far from over. As we look to Super Teusday, I implore you: don’t lose faith! We’ve been preparing for this moment for the past year. Ted Cruz has the ground game built in to the Southern States. He’s poised for a major rout in Texas, and has serious contention in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Arkansas, Colorado, and Alaska. Also, don’t count him out in Alabama or Tennessee.
I ask you now, all conservatives in states voting on Super Tuesday, to hold the line!
Victory or death!