Watch: Cruz Kicks off Debate With Massive Shot at Obama; Trump Excels, Doubles Lead

By B. Christopher Agee. Thursday’s GOP economy-focused presidential primary debate, hosted by the Fox Business Network, sought to get Sen. Ted Cruz’s take on Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. Specifically, moderator Maria Bartiromo wanted to know what differences Cruz had with the optimistic economic picture Obama painted during Tuesday’s speech.

Saving his direct answer for the latter portion of his response, however, Cruz used the opportunity to address a pressing issue Obama’s address completely ignored.

“Today,” he said, “many of us picked up our newspapers and we were horrified to see the sight of 10 American sailors on their knees with their hands on their heads.”

Referring to the ships seized by Iranian forces earlier this week, Cruz lamented that Obama “didn’t so much as mention” their plight during his speech even as nine men and one woman remained in custody. He also noted that the act came just days before a deal is set to go into effect that would lift sanctions with Iran, releasing more than $100 billion.

Though the situation is “heartbreaking,” Cruz noted that “the good news is the next commander in chief is standing on this stage.”

If he is successful in his White House bid, the Texas legislator gave his word that “no serviceman or service woman will be forced to be on their knees.” (Read more from “Watch: Cruz Kicks off Debate With Massive Shot at Obama, Makes Powerful Vow to America” HERE)


Trump’s Lead Over Cruz Doubles in Latest Poll

By Mark Murray. Donald Trump has more than doubled his national lead in the Republican presidential race ahead of Thursday night’s GOP debate here, according to the results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Trump is the first choice of 33 percent of national Republican primary voters – his highest percentage in the poll. He’s followed by Ted Cruz at 20 percent, Marco Rubio at 13 percent and Ben Carson at 12 percent. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush are tied at five percent. No other Republican presidential candidate gets more than 3 percent.

Trump’s 13-point lead over Cruz is an increase from last month, when he held a five-point advantage over the Texas senator, 27 percent to 22 percent. (Read more from this story HERE)

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  • mikecnj

    Like Cruz : love Trump
    2 and 1, maybe?

  • MASR53

    Cruz 2016

    • Nels

      Cruz is in bed with Goldman Sachs, literally. Haven’t we had enough rule by Wall Street? Wall Street’s darlings got us into this mess, and they aren’t about to get us out of it.

      Trump might be a mediocre president, but that would be a huge improvement over the incumbent, and a huge improvement over any open borders stalwart from Wall Street. Trump is the only one who _might_ not continue business as usual in DC, and the only one who _might_ actually build a wall. The others, like Cruz, Hillary, Rubio, and Bernie? Not a chance.

      • MikefromNC

        Aside from your not so clever reference to Cruz wife, what evidence do you have that Cruz is in any way beholding to Wall Street?

      • Brian Artzberger

        Cruz is NOT beholden to Wall Street. What about trump’s business dealings? Are you so ignorant to think he has no self interest in Wall Street? Get a clue Nels!

      • Sherry Forrester

        that is STUPID. Heidi Cruz worked at a bank in Houston as private wealth manager, not in NYC, where tRump operates. she had NOTHING to do with mortgage fraud which was brought on by the Federal Gov, via the Dood

    • MikefromNC

      Amen. He is the ONLY conservative in the field.

    • armycombatvet

      Cruz is not Constitutionally eligible, born in Canada, dad was a Cuban national. Both parents must be citizens and according to Vatel’s Law of Nations the citizenship of the father pass on to the children. The current squatter criminal in the White House was never vetted nor was he eligible for the office. The greatest criminal act ever purpertrated upon the American people! Rubio isn’t eligible either for the same reasons! Do your homework. Our nation is being destroyed by the massive influx of illegal aliens, many of which a jihadi killers, rapists and every sort of criminal possible! Send them to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Iraq etc. Funny they don’t want them, there own kind. What should that tell us!

  • Naturalism

    Shades of Goldwater. I can’t wait for November.

  • Brian Artzberger

    Cruz is the only Constitutional Conservative in the race.

  • dufus

    Anyone paying attention since the beginning has to realize that Trump is the only one without someone to pay off. Tell the people in New York about the Constitutional Conservative Start paying attention!

    • MikefromNC

      Who does Cruz have to pay off?

  • Russ

    Trump and Carson were the only candidates on that stage that aren’t there to just help their own political career. That is one of the reasons I am a Trump supporter. Not the only reason but is for sure one of them. just sayin’.