Jim Bridenstine on Ted Cruz and Electability

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) spoke at Red State today, and also brought Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to the podium for his speech. Bridenstine spoke of many things we are dealing with in this country, but as he introduced Cruz, he spoke about the issue of electability. He said the following: (See video below.)

[Pullout Quote] …it is without hesitation, and it is without equivocation, that I personally endorse Ted Cruz, not only for President of the United States, but I endorse him for Commander in Chief of the United States Military. ~ Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine, Ted Cruz

Jim Bridenstine, Ted Cruz

Also see Cruz’s fifteen questions to ask candidates, each beginning with “When have you stood and fought…”

On Cruz and his “electability.”

I want to talk for a second about electability, because a lot of times I hear that when I tell people I’m endorsing Ted Cruz for President of the United States. I want to tell you how you win elections. You win elections when people show up to vote. I hear over and over again that we’ve got to win the Independents, and I’m telling you, Ted Cruz will win the Independents. Friends, Mitt Romney won the Independents, and he lost the election. You know who won the Independents, also? Ronald Reagan, and he not only won Independents, he won Democrats. That’s the kind of candidate we need. We need a candidate that will turn out the base in massive volume, as we’ve seen Barack Obama do over and over again.

We need the base to show up. We need to win Independents. We need to even win Democrats. Ted Cruz can do that, and I’m going to tell you why –– because he actually believes what he tells you he believes, and I know that because I know him personally.

We need a candidate that can unite all parts of the Republican Party: the fiscal conservative, the social conservative, the national security conservative, and I’m telling you, Ted Cruz…this is what’s amazing about Ted Cruz –– we have a very true, grassroots conservative running for President of the United States. A full-spectrum conservative, a grassroots candidate, that for the first time that I’ve ever seen, also had the ability to raise $50 million in his quarter running for president.

Ted Cruz is our best chance to beat Hillary Clinton, and I really believe that, or I wouldn’t be standing before you, telling you that. I want to tell you this, I have had the opportunity to know Ted Cruz personally, to have dinner with him, and his beautiful family, Heidi, Caroline, Catherine. I have seen them interact with each other. I’ve seen Ted Cruz eating a cheeseburger with his family at the dinner table, and his beautiful children run up to him –– other members of Congress are at the table, mind you –– and they say “chase me, daddy.” In front of all these members of Congress and their staffers, he drops his cheeseburger, and goes chasing after his little girls.

This is a man who loves his country and he’s willing to fight with everything he has to make sure that his children, and my children inherit an America that is better than the one we inherited. And for the first time in history, at least since WWII, friends, that is at risk, at jeopardy. He will fight with everything he has to make sure that our country is heading in the right direction.

I want to tell you this, it is without hesitation, and it is without equivocation, that I personally endorse Ted Cruz, not only for President of the United States, but I endorse him for Commander-in-Chief of the United States military.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine on Electability and Ted Cruz
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