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Conservative Leaders Urge Grassroots to Unite Behind Cruz

In advance of the important March 15 Republican primaries, some sixty conservative leaders announced their support of Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination for president. In an open letter, the leaders warn of Donald Trump’s growing delegate count and urge conservatives to join them in support of Senator Cruz, who is the only presidential candidate with a record of standing for limited government and conservative Ted Cruzvalues.  

“Ted Cruz is the only candidate who can credibly run for president as a full-spectrum conservative, build a winning conservative coalition AND who can be trusted to, without question, govern according to limited government constitutional conservative principles. That’s why I say to my fellow conservatives, 'What are you waiting for? In Ted Cruz conservatives have a candidate that’s everything we want.'  We urge Republican primary voters to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming March 15 primaries and unite that winning conservative coalition NOW.” 

Richard Viguerie, Chairman of 

"Once again last night, Ted Cruz demonstrated on issue after issue conservative solutions to the challenges that confront America. Whether the issue is social security, economic opportunity or national security, Ted Cruz had a well-thought-out and conservative solution to each of these challenges. He showed a depth that was unmatched on the stage in the most recent debate and Ted needs and deserves the support of every movement conservative right now." 

Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General 

“Ted Cruz will move swiftly and effectively to restore the Constitution and America's good name; and in so doing, will secure a 'new birth of freedom' for us and our children." 

Rebecca Hagelin, Board of Directors, FamilyTalk; Secretary, Council for National Policy



Donald Trump’s growing delegate count should focus the mind of every conservative on exactly what a Trump nomination would mean to each of the three legs of Ronald Reagan’s conservative coalition, and to our new 21st Century conservative coalition partners of the Tea Party and liberty movements.   A group of longtime conservative activists and leaders have come together to sign this most important letter, and ask you to join them on this urgent mission and vote for Ted Cruz. 

On March 15, just a few days from now, the states of Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and the Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands will vote; their votes will allocate 367 delegates and could put Donald Trump – or principled limited government constitutional conservative Senator Ted Cruz – over half way to the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican nomination for president. 

The possibility of a Trump victory in the March 15 primaries should convince conservatives that unless we coalesce behind Ted Cruz, the conservative agenda will be stalled for at least another decade. 

Cultural conservatives in particular should recognize that the nomination of Donald Trump would mean Republicans would field one of the most thoroughly secular candidates for President ever to represent either of America’s major political parties. 

Trump is the poster boy for the kind of Big Business – Big Government cronyism that stacks the deck against new market entrants and uses pay-to-play politics to protect and give advantages to those who are prepared to buy influence with politicians – as Donald Trump has regularly bragged he does. 

Likewise, Donald Trump’s views on national security and national defense should give pause to every conservative. While Trump’s testosterone-fueled rants to “knock the Hell out of ISIS” sound conservative to the establishment media, they bear little resemblance to Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” philosophy and policies. 

Ted Cruz is everything we conservatives have been waiting for in a candidate for President. We urge you to pull out all the stops to inform your conservative friends, contacts in your network of associates, newsletters, press appearances, etc. about Donald Trump’s record and policies and to do everything possible to ensure that Senator Ted Cruz comes away with the most delegates from the March 15 Republican primaries and from this effort we build a solid and united conservative movement behind him going forward to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 

We, the undersigned, with great respect for those with divergent views on the strengths of any one candidate, with an urgent sense of purpose for the future of our constitutional republic that may be permanently and irreparably harmed unless we act, and with thought and prayer for guidance from Almighty God, urge all conservatives to unite with us behind the only candidate for the Republican nomination who stands a chance of defeating Donald Trump -- and that candidate is Ted Cruz. 

Organizations for identification purposes only 

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman, 

Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Family Talk Radio

Rebecca Hagelin, Board of Directors, FamilyTalk; Secretary, Council for National Policy 

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, Conservative Leadership PAC 

Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General 

Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters 

Frank Gaffney, President, the Center for Security Policy 

Erick Erickson, Editor of The Resurgent 

Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs for AFA 

Barbara Ledeen, Jews for Cruz 

Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun Owners of America 

Brian S. Brown, President, National Organization for Marriage 

Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness 

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America 

Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Chairman 

Terry Schilling, Executive Director, American Principles Project 

Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action 

Kelly Shackelford, Esq. President/CEO, First Liberty Institute 

Angelo Codevilla, Professor emeritus Boston University 

Dr. William Scott Magill – Executive Director, Veterans in Defense of Liberty 

Donna Hearne, Former Reagan appointee, 30 year plus talk show host, Executive Director, Educational Policy Conferences, author, The Long War and Common Core (Missouri) 

Molly Smith, President, Cleveland Right to Life 

Charles Murray, WH Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute 

Jason Jones, Founder, Movie to Movement 

Tricia Erickson, President, Angel Pictures & Publicity and Publisher of 

William A. Estrada, Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association 

Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family & Human Rights 

Phil Burress, Chairman, Citizens for Community Values Action 

Robert Cramer, Chairman of the Board, THE FAMiLY LEADER 

Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO, THE FAMiLY LEADER 

Bob Reccord, former CNP Executive Director 

Becky Gerritson, Founder & President Wetumpka TEA Party 

J. Christian Adams, Attorney 

Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting 

Gayle Trotter, Attorney 

Stella Morabito, senior contributor, The Federalist 

Debra Burlingame, Co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America 

Tim LeFever, Chairman, Capitol Resource Institute 

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Chairman of Board, Institute on Religion and Democracy, Executive Committee of Board, The Howard Center 

Russell J. Ramsland, Jr., Founder: Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum, Dallas, Texas, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (CD-32) in 2016 Republican Primary 

Pastor Paul Blair, President, Reclaiming America for Christ 

Seth A. Morgan, Former Ohio State Representative 

Steve Strang, CEO, Charisma Media 

Ellen L. Barrosse, Chairman, RNC Conservative Steering Committee; Republican National Committeewoman, Delaware 

Lori Viars, VP, Warren Co. Right To Life (Ohio) 

Michael James Barton, Former Pentagon Official 

Joe Calvert, Board of Governors, CNP 

George Rasley, Editor, 

Dean Clancy, Partner, Adams Auld LLC 

Penna Dexter, Radio Host 

Kirk Uhler, Placer County Supervisor, Dist. 4, Placer County, CA 

Tommy Sears, Independent Consultant 

Rod D. Martin, Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization 

Sherri R. Martin, The Martin Foundation 

Hon. Sharron Angle, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies  

Nicholas Stehle, Campaign for the American Future 

G. Tracy Mehan III, Contributor, The American Spectator, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law 

Phillip Eder, Minneapolis, MN 

Margaret L. Petito, President, Friends of Rule of Law in Ecuador, Inc., Washington, D.C. 

Chuck Cooper, Former Reagan Administration Assistant Attorney General 

Michelle Easton, President, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute 

Fred Fleitz, Senior Vice President, Center for Security Policy

Bentley B. Rayburn, Major General, USAF (Retired)

Herman Martir, President, Asian Action Network

Cathie Adams, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas

Jerry Johnson, Admiral, USN (Retired)

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I'm a Trumpster

What boggles my mind is why so many conservative groups are linking with the Republican establishment to destroy Trump's candidacy. It certainly appears that these conservative pundits have something more personal to lose beyond their country as they claim -- as does the establishment.

I challenge these conservative pundits, and especially Conservative HQ to examine the lives and contributions of such businessmen as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Dow, and Boeing, and explain how Trump differs so substantially from these 19th century businessmen who left to humanity far more than they gained personally.

William Boeing even had on the wall of his outer office a placard that read: "2329 Hippocrates said: 1. There is no authority except facts. 2. Facts are obtained by accurate observation. 3. Deductions are to be made only from facts. 4. Experience has proved the truth of these rules."

It seems the "common sense" facts Trump has stated, which has galvanized so many Americans, comes from his belief in Hippocrates, whether or not he has even heard of Hippocrates.

I am a Trumpster, although I believe there is a good chance that "establishment chicanery" may in the end put Hillary in the White House at Trump's expense and the expense of the American people.

John Wagner
Ann Arbor

Stop Hillary or Elizabeth or Bernie or Joe or ???

The important thing is to keep the liberals from appointing generations of liberal Supreme Court Justices.
Basically the Republican Establishment hates Cruz and fears Trump.
Cruz has fought for conservative values, but has not been able to motivate allies.
Trump is not nearly as conservative as Cruz, but has a unique ability to motivate people and make deals.

It looks to me that Trump will be able to carry the independent and the dissatisfied Democrat voters, along with all of us Republicans that are sick and tired of being sold out year after year. I fear that Cruz cannot win the general.

I pray that one of these guys gets the nomination, and will support whichever one does.

If the Republicans, in their seemingly infinite stupidity, try to shove someone down our throats, it WILL be the end of the Republican Party and possibly accelerate the demise of the Republic.

Stop Smearing Cruz

Commenter's should Stop labeling Cruz with every other politician's weaknesses just because he is one.
He has his own record and that is why the current Senate does not like him, he is not one of them. Look at the voting records and you will see this.

Cruz stands out in the crowd by standing up for what is right. This is why he is often alone. He is different from the average politician.
Cruz is exactly what Americans have been searching and asking for, someone to stand up for American conservative values.
Cruz has the record of fighting for American values and our constitution, Trump does not.

Trump through his unique character and power through his own wealth, has managed to gain the media's attention and describe some of the concerns that many Americans have.
But Mr.Trump has failed to bring solutions with any real plans to correct those same concerns. Trump has in fact taken the opportunity to reach the citizens who are "fed up" and come into the arena as someone completely "different" because he is not a lawyer or a politician.
Having money to voice your opinion of being fed up with America not winning anymore and desiring to make our country great again, does not make you presidential material.
Running a successful business for yourself and desiring a better economy so your business can stay successful, does not alone give you the experience, heart or character to be the next president.
Trump has history to prove his ties to the liberal movement by supporting big government and the left.
What evidence? What fruit? What history does Trump have beyond running his own big business and saying what many want to hear in order to get their vote/support?
Mr.Trump is all about big business, what is his plan for small business which is the backbone for the American economy, capitalism and the middle class?
What is Trump really planning to do with immigration, our borders,our allies, our enemies, our military, our small business,healthcare,taxes, the right to life, the sanctity of marriage?

Remember the saying "talk is cheap" and walk the walk not talk the talk?
Which candidate do you see with the walk, not just the talk?

One more point to consider.. if Trump is this arrogant and proud already, what would or could becoming president do to that ego and how would that amount of power to one man, affect the average American? Would that power be used for good or evil?

Examine the walk that both Trump and Cruz have walked and you will see that Cruz is the man with the walk to back the talk.

Total agreement

I am in total agreement with you. Cruz is the man to restore our Country!

Statement on Cruz vs Trump

This is so well stated with facts and not emotions. Thank you.

Ted cruz vs. Trump

I have a problem with Ted Cruz. He is sounding more and more like an establishment tool. He has stood up against the Congress but maybe he won't be able to work with Congress once elected. They may just stonewall him while he is in office.
Trump is successful and knows how to get things done. He can work with the other side. I believe he truly loves this country. He does not owe anyone anything and can't be bought.
Everybody in the establishment, big corporations, big donors and lobbyists are trying to take Trump down. They want the status quo which works so well for them. We voters want to change the culture of Washington and believe Trump is the only one that can do that.

Cruz vs Trump

Trump probably does take money from others but for sure, he has given money to get support (ie. Liberty University donation for Jerry Falwell Jr's endorsement). Cruz has stood up to the Establishment and has stood for what he promised to his constituents (Texas citizens) without waiver. Cruz is for smaller more efficient government and I'm not sure that Trump may want to maintain the present large government.
I think the reason that it is said "Cruz doesn't get along with anyone" is that he doesn't cave to the whims of the good old boys. Do give this more consideration.


Cruz is just another politician; all politicians are merely elected crooks! I would rather have Trump as President than any politician ... politicians have proved empirically, that they cannot be trusted to protect America or Americans. Trump may be a lot of disagreeable things, but he is surely not, another worthless D.C. Congressman or Senator ... you can't name One(1) who I can't show you as a duplicitous, skulldugerous individual.

Trump over Cruz

The party leadership still doesn't understand why so many members are angry. We have been betrayed at every turn, ObamaCare. Rapidly increasing debt, Illegal Immigration, Open Borders, Ineffective strategy to defeat ISIS, it goes on and on. The Republican-dominated Congress controls spending and has given Obama EVERYTHING he wanted. I personally suffered a 25% reduction in pay because of ObamaCare and I want a true Washington outsider that has NO obligations to lobbyists. Cruz is not that, Trump is!

Support Trump before Cruz.

Millions and millions of middle-class Americans have already seen: a Trump presidency, with Cruz in the Senate as the best of both worlds. The grassroot, middle-America see Trump and Cruz working together as a team, in the Senate, with Trump as president and with Cruz in the Senate, moving their very similar political agendas through Congress.

As Lincoln once observed, "... a President has a lot of power." With Pres. Trump in the White house, Cruz's power in the Senate will be exponentially raised, as well Trump's organized grassroot power base back home in each congressional district, all now being dedicated to finding and supporting challengers to any and every Congress member who doesn't support common-sense conservatism, Trump style. In this way, by the 2018 mid-term election, things can be a lot, lot different that at present.

But before you vote for Cruz, please give Michael Savage a listen too.

In Absolute Support

As a citizen of this great nation since my birth 59 years ago, I absolutely agree and support the above letter and its content. It can't be said any other way. This is again a "time for [real] choosing. If we fail here we lose Constitutional Conservatism for a long long time. If "consent of the governed" and our Republic mean anything we must vote and take a stand. As in line with my favorite American patriotic ballad (now long forgotten)..."The Battle Hymm of the Republic" "Glory ..Glory Hallelujah" "His truth is marching on." Respectfully submitted, Anthony Ciuffreda.