Ted Cruz for President

Highlights of the Week in Presidential Politics

This week saw Hillary Clinton demonstrate why she is the Democratic candidate conservatives want to run against; Jeb Bush demonstrate once again that he and Clinton share many of the same positions, and why he is the "great white hope" of the Republican establishment; Rand Paul and Marco Rubio undercut their own campaigns with votes in the Senate, Ted Cruz make an important speech no one reported, and not-a-candidate-yet Donald Trump take the laurel for the week by making the best case we've heard yet for Ted Cruz's candidacy.

Cruz donors usher in new era of fundraising

MJ Lee and Jeremy Diamond, CNN

Supporters of the Texas Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz a bombshell announcement this week --- that a network of four affiliated super PACs will have raised an eye-popping $31 million by the end of the week. The disclosure, coming within weeks of Cruz launching his campaign for president, has sent deep ripples through the political fundraising world.

HALPERIN: $31 MILLION SUPER PAC EFFORT BACKING CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Super PACs backing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president of the United States are taking in a “record haul” that is “eye-popping,” Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin writes. “Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business,” Halperin wrote. The rate at which the outside Super PACs pulled in $31 million to back Cruz, Halperin wrote, “is remarkable” adding that there “are no known cases in which an operation backing a White House hopeful has collected this much money in less than a week.”

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: Separated at Birth? Uh, No.

J.D. Tuccille, Reason

While both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are trying to win the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, one is trying to do so as a traditional conservative, and the other as a libertarian-ish conservative. Both will have to make compromises along the way as they reach out beyond the base that elected them to the Senate and has supported their causes as lawmakers—and Paul, at least has already disappointed some supporters who'd hoped to see a purer libertarian challenge to the status quo.

CRUZ TO LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ON MONDAY

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is set to deliver a major speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday morning—and speculation is mounting that Cruz may indeed launch a presidential bid right then and there. On Saturday, the Houston Chronicle—citing anonymous sources inside the Cruz team—wrote that Cruz will announce a formal presidential campaign, forgoing the exploratory committee stage to become the first declared candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Cruz Brings Down The House At CPAC

It was standing room only as Senator Ted Cruz brough his unique blend of energy, conservative principles and truth-telling to CPAC. Said those in attendance should demand that leaders “stand up against” not only President Barack Obama‘s policies, but also against “career politician” Republicans who won't fight for conservative principles.

Cruz back to New Hampshire in March

Theodore Schleifer, Houston Chronicle

Cruz will headline the Grafton County Republican Committee’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on March 15, speaking at a resort in the small northern town of Lincoln. On Cruz’ last visit to New Hampshire, he spent two days meeting voters in Nashua, Manchester and Concord.