Ted Cruz, Second Place Based on Polls
How do you know when a candidate is surging high in the polls? When others attack them! Therefore, even if you don’t check out the latest polls, you can tell that Senator Ted Cruz has the momentum on the US Presidential race.
From guns to abortion rights to immigration to government surveillance, Cruz had a stand about it. In less than 2 months, Iowans will be casting their first ballots. Although Donald Trump seems to be ahead, Cruz has solidified his place on the top of the GOP field.
According to the recent presidential poll, Cruz advanced to second place nationwide and in the state of Iowa. Last Friday, CNN released a poll that showed Trump leading by 36% nationwide, with Cruz only 16% ahead of neurosurgeon Ben Caron. Meanwhile, Rubio is at their heels.
Foreign policy flubs have caused Carson his place on the race. However, Cruz, who is good at Mideast politics, has made no such errors. Cruz is still looking for support from the Christian community.
The Self-Image of the Texas Senator
The image of the Texas senator has been based primarily on conservatism. While that may work well for socially conservative Iowans, it may be difficult to win a primary in the US. However, Cruz has been carefully positioning himself in the race.
Cruz tells Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg, “If you look at President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton for that matter some of the more aggressive Washington neo-cons, they have consistently misperceived the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and have advocated military adventurism that has had the effect of benefiting radical Islamic terrorists.”
According to Kapur, Cruz is positioning himself as a third way between Senator Rand Paul and Senator Marco Rubio. Cruz said that there’s a middle ground that brings liberalism and conservatism together.
“That’s exactly right, that we have to defend this nation. You think defending this nation is expensive, try not defending it. That’s a lot more expensive. But, you can do that, and pay for it. You can do that, and also be fiscally responsible,” Cruz said.
Apart from foreign policies, Cruz will be conducting an act of triangulation on his own record. He is positioning himself as an outsider against the infamous GOP establishment. But he also bridles at comments that he’s inexperienced.
Cruz’s triangulations seem to be effective as his numbers are starting to pick up just as he and his allies have predicted. He has a strong base among the conservatives; and if Ben Carson and Donald Trump start to fade in the presidential race, he’ll likely to be more popular. With the combination of his careful balancing and the tendencies of Trump and Carson to say outrageous things, Cruz managed to avoid controversies of his radical positions, which include the abolition of the IRS, going back to the Gold standard, elimination of rape and incest exceptions for abortion, and breaching the debt ceiling. Those positions, however, will still pose a problem to Cruz winning the presidential election.