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Shutdown Ted Un-Ironically Announcing Campaign in Virginia


From DPVA:

Ted Cruz couldn’t have picked a worse place than Virginia to launch his soon-to-be-failed campaign for president. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that over 80% of Virginians overwhelmingly disapproved of his government shutdown – a political tantrum Cruz still threatens to repeat today. Virginia, home to thousands of federal workers and military personnel, was more affected than any other state by his dangerous antics.

Cruz would happily keep thousands of Virginians from their jobs and paychecks just to show his opposition to affordable healthcare. Meanwhile, in the Lynchburg area alone, there are over 11,000 Virginians languishing without access to quality care thanks to his national right-wing movement against closing the coverage gap.

“Ted Cruz is remarkably tone-deaf to launch his campaign in Virginia, of all places, after engineering the government shutdown that kept thousands of Virginians from their jobs and cost the national economy $24 billion,” said Robert Dempsey, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “His policies are wrong for the Commonwealth and wrong for the middle class, from repealing all corporate income taxes to opposing a living wage and affordable healthcare. Ted Cruz can take his shutdown politics elsewhere — Virginians know better than to take him seriously.”

Ted Cruz is the embodiment of everything wrong with today’s Republicans: all he’s done is oppose and obstruct help for the middle class through his bombastic outbursts and unwillingness to govern. Shutdown Ted is starting off on the completely wrong foot coming to a state disproportionally hurt by his partisan brinksmanship to launch a campaign for more of the same. 

  • It’s official:  Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz is running for president, setting the stage for a long and bloody primary that reveals the extreme nature of Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and the rest of the field as they struggle to keep up with Cruz’s radical streak.

    “Ted Cruz shut down the government in a tantrum, opposes marriage equality, denies climate change, and opposes a woman’s right to choose even in cases of rape or incest. He’s everything voters hate about the modern Republican Party in one candidate, and the entire field is already signing on to his positions,” said Brad Woodhouse, President of American Bridge 21st Century.

    American Bridge has been scouting Cruz for years.  Our full scouting report on Cruz is available here, including biographical info and what to watch for in his campaign.  

    Cruz on Key Issues

    Opposes abortion in cases of rape or incest: YES

    Denies human-caused climate change: YES

    Opposes universal background checks on gun purchases: YES

    Opposes marriage equality: YES

    Opposes raising the minimum wage: YES

    Opposes Medicaid expansion: YES

    Opposes the Affordable Care Act: YES

  • “It’s a slap in the face for Ted Cruz to launch his campaign in the state most affected by his reckless government shutdown, and his speech today showed he’s not changing his obstructionist ways. If the best case he can make for himself is opposing commonsense policies and destroying federal agencies, he sure won’t last long here. Virginians haven’t forgotten that Cruz’s idea of leadership is throwing a $24 billion temper tantrum when he doesn’t get his way. The right-wing vision he laid out at Liberty University is wrong for the Commonwealth and wrong for America.”

  • Dan Sullivan

    Cruz’s reading list must have been plagiarized from George Allen’s.

    Sinclair Lewis would be amused.

  • woodrowfan

    And “Liberty” “University” students were forced to attend or pay a $10 fine and get 4 demerits.  Freedom!