Ted Cruz will take the stage tonight at the Republican National Convention and his words will likely prove to be the most interesting of the evening.
One of those political compromises took place when Cruz agreed to not allow his name to be offered into nomination on Tuesday. Therefore there was no embarrassment during the roll call for the Donald Trump forces.
For a payoff Trump now allows Cruz to take center stage tonight.
But what is going to be interesting for every politico is how Cruz navigates his hatred for Trump from the podium. The Texas senator has not yet endorsed the orange-skinned man and some wonder why he would tarnish his future hopes by giving one at this time.
There is clearly another run in Cruz for the White House and with a sure defeat of Trump this fall it would make sense for no firm endorsement to be made–given the deep policy and philosophical differences the two men have.
It will be one of the political highlights tonight when Cruz opens his mouth.
I have watched political conventions since 1976 and it is most plain to me that this Republican event is the most flat and lifeless of any in my lifetime. The messaging is off and not connected speaker to speaker and the energy from the convention floor seems to be leaking out like an old balloon. This is not a politically professional presentation. That is very clear
Laura Ingraham, Radio Host
Phil Ruffin, Businessman
Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida
Eileen Collins, Astronaut (retired)
Michelle Van Etten, Small Business Owner
Kentucky State Senator Ralph Alvarado, Jr.
Darrell Scott, Pastor
Harold Hamm, Continental Resources
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Lynne Patton, The Eric Trump Foundation
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization
Newt & Callista Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House and his wife
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Presumptive candidate for Vice President
This is too funny.
Paul Begala told People magazine that John F. Kennedy Jr. sent Bill Clinton a fax during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
It read: “Dear Mr. President, I sat under that desk – there’s barely room for a 3-year-old, much less a 21-year-old intern. Cheers, J.K.”
Said Begala: “I showed the President and he laughed his butt off. It was so gutsy. And he was the perfect person to bring a little levity.”
What makes Senator Ron Johnson’s appearance at the Republican National Convention most interesting is that he is the only one of the nine GOP senators in any real danger of defeat this fall to make a trip to Cleveland. What prompted such a turn-about for the freshman senator is interesting to ponder.
For many weeks he had stated there was no other place he wanted to be during the convention than the political trail around the Badger State. (Why anyone would forgo a historic visit to a national convention is a mystery to me.) At the same time Johnson repeated that he supports but does not endorse Donald Trump. That is similar to hearing there is a chance for sunshine in the forecast. No one can be blamed for any eventual outcome.
All the cute phrasing and playing with the senator’s agenda has to do with the battle that is playing out in the general election with Russ Feingold. So going into the thundering arena Tuesday Wisconsin politicos were listening to hear any word or tone that would allow for the possibility that Johnson was edging closer to hugging the GOP nominee.
Once on stage Johnson offered far more political rhetoric against Hillary Clinton than offering reasons why Trump was a superior candidate. The senator also blasted Feingold over his vote against the Patriot Act. Johnson summed up his desire that voters should not cast a ballot for either Clinton or Feingold by saying, “The world is simply too dangerous to elect either of them.”
Earlier in the day Johnson talked with USA Today and still seemed uneasy with saying he was totally on board the Trump bandwagon.
Asked if he would endorse Trump, Johnson said: “I’m going to be voting for him. I want to see Donald Trump win versus Hillary Clinton.”
When pressed, Johnson added: “Don’t worry about the words. I’m going to do everything I can to help him win. Sounds like an endorsement to me.”
The reason Johnson is trying to get closer to Trump is due to the notion the GOP will play so hard to win this state’s electoral votes (something the GOP has failed to do since 1984) that there will be a coattail effect.
But it is also clear from Johnson’s conversation with the newspaper that he knows the potential for real blowback from voters in this state who are not warm to Trump. All over the nation the wariness among GOP lawmakers is most evident. Many flocked to Cleveland for the convention but are not expected to stay for Trump’s speech Thursday.
There was no love for Trump that made Johnson travel to Ohio. There was, however, fear for his political future that put him on the podium at the convention. And in politics it is always good to know your opponent is worried.
Score goes to Feingold.
A gay Republican group, Log Cabin Republicans, has lashed out at the “awful” party platform fashioned in Cleveland. The group took out an in the Cleveland edition of USA Today.
The reason for the outrage is clear.
The platform rejects attempts to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors. Claiming “parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference” – while also insisting: “Natural marriage between a man and a woman is most likely to result in offspring who do not become drug-addicted or otherwise damaged.”
So out of step with modern America.
Members of the media surround and interview a Trump supporter who arrived at Cleveland’s Public Square with an AK-47 slung over his shoulder near the convention site. Ohio is an open-carry state, and Gov. John Kasich rejected any calls to temporarily suspend citizens’ rights to carry personal weapons during the convention. M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO