Ted Cruz Calls in on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday has been a turning point in many elections --- and it can be for Ted Cruz. He has a promising lead in polls from his home state of Texas and is within the margin of error in a few others. Cruz joined The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday morning to answer a few questions posed by Glenn.

GLENN: Let's talk about your path to victory. People say you just can't win. Can you talk about your path to victory?

CRUZ: Well, sure. If you look at the race right now, the first four primaries, what they historically do is they narrow the field.  Remember, we started with 17 candidates. We're down effectively do three candidates who have anything resembling a viable path.  Right now, Donald Trump is quite strong. He's got a lot of momentum. But the only campaign that has beaten Donald Trump and that I believe can beat Donald Trump is our campaign. We beat him and we beat him resoundingly in Iowa.

And today, on Super Tuesday, I think Super Tuesday is the most important day of the entire primary season. In my home state of Texas, we're very strong here.  The numbers are very encouraging. I think we are likely to win in Texas today.  And we are running neck-and-neck in Super Tuesday states all across the country. We are effectively tied or within the margin of error with Donald Trump and Super Tuesday states all around the country.  

If you're in a Super Tuesday state, if you are voting today, please come out and vote and bring your friends. Bring your family. It's all about turnout. This race, state by state, could come down to a few thousand or even a few hundred votes. Your vote makes a difference.  Your friends' and families' votes make a difference.  

I think what's going to happen at the end of the day, Glenn, is Donald Trump is going to have a big chunk of delegates, we're going to have a big chunk of delegates, and everybody else is going to be way, way down at the bottom.  That will effectively narrow the field even more.

And when it gets to a two-man race between me and Donald, we win.  In fact, we win resoundingly.  The polling shows, we beat Donald Trump head-to-head by 16 points:  56 to 40.  Because Donald Trump has a hard ceiling of about 35 to 40 percent.  What he's benefiting from is a fractured field, having other people, where the vote against him is divided.  And so today is absolutely critical to narrowing the field.

 

GLENN: What is Marco Rubio's path to victory?

CRUZ: Marco is a good guy. He's charming. He's affable. I consider him a friend. He and I have disagreed strongly on immigration when he led the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. Donald Trump funded the Gang of Eight. And I led the opposition to defeating -- the opposition and the successful effort, defeating the Gang of Eight.

But Marco did not does not have a path to beating Donald Trump.  Marco has not won a single state. He's zero for four in the first four states. Today on Super Tuesday, Marco is not anticipating winning any state on Super Tuesday. And even his home state of Florida, Marco is right now 20 points down in Florida. In all likelihood, Marco is going to lose Florida, his own home state. And you cannot win a primary, you can't beat Donald Trump if you can't win any states and can't win any delegates. And so the day that matters the most is today, Super Tuesday.

If we're going to stop Donald Trump --- and I think we've got to Donald Trump, if he's our nominee, Hillary wins. And the country --- it is a disaster for the country. The time to stop Donald Trump is today, on Super Tuesday. And, Glenn, it is your listeners, it is everyone listening to this radio show that has the ability to step up and pull this country up from the brink. And it's by coming out and voting today on Super Tuesday, standing united, and getting your friends and families and loved ones and coworkers all to do the same.

 

GLENN: Will you agree to that and say, if you'rE way behind in the delegate count, behind Marco Rubio tomorrow, that you would drop out?

CRUZ: Listen, I think there is no doubt that if I reached a point where there was no path to victory, where I was way behind in the delegate count and someone else was better positioned to defeat Marco Rubio, my priority is the country.  We have got to save the country.  And I will do whatever I can to save the country.

I do hope, come Wednesday morning, if there are candidates who have not been able to win a state, who are not amassing the delegates -- it takes 1237 delegates to become the Republican nominee.  If you come out of Super Tuesday -- we've got about 600 delegates being allocated -- and you're not winning enough to move the needle, I do think it is time for a candidate to say, "All right.  It's not -- it's not working for me.  Let's come together and unify."  

Because Donald Trump, I believe, would be a manifest disaster. We just had polling come out today that Donald Trump loses and loses badly to Hillary Clinton, loses by ten points. The same polling --- this is CNN --- shows that I beat Hillary head-to-head.  

If Donald Trump is the nominee, Hillary Clinton becomes the president. We lose the Supreme Court for a generation. Religious liberty will be taken away by the Supreme Court. The Second Amendment will be erased from the Bill of Rights effectively by the Supreme Court.

 

GLENN: People in D.C. don't like you, so how can you ever get things done?  How can you negotiate?

CRUZ: the people in D.C. don't like me is not that I'm mean to them, it's that I actually have done what I said I would do and stand with the American people.  I've said many times the biggest divide in politics is not between Democrats and Republicans; it's between career politicians in Washington in both parties and the American people.

And if you're fed up with politicians in Washington lying to you, cutting deals with the Democrats, Marco Rubio has cut deals with the Democrats to push amnesty.  Donald Trump is promising to cut deals with the Democrats to expand government. We need instead a president who stands up to Washington.  And I point out, we have a good example, Ronald Reagan. Washington despised Ronald Reagan. Yet Reagan was elected with the support of the people, and it turned Washington around. I intend to do the exact same thing. And with the support of the people -- that's the only way we can break the Washington cartel.

If you have a candidate in this race who Washington likes. That ought to be a big warning sign. If the corrupt politicians in Washington like a candidate in this race, that shows that they're willing to go along and get along. And that's how we've gotten the $19 trillion debt.  It's how we're seeing our constitutional rights taken away.

 

GLENN: Do people like me and voices like me or Mark Levin or anybody that stands against him? Are we in trouble if he becomes president of the United States?

CRUZ: Listen, Donald Trump has demonstrated a tendency to abuse power to go after anyone who crosses him, and in particular, to go after the little guy, to go after the working man. You know, this is a man who had a $1 million court judgment against him for hiring illegal aliens. This is a man who continues to bring in foreign workers at his Florida hotel because he doesn't want to hire Americans.

And so his view of the Constitution, frankly, has a lot of similarities to Barack Obama's view of the Constitution, which is that --- it is an inconvenience at best that he will do what he wants. I believe in the First Amendment.  You know what, you've got every right to speak your views, but so do numskulls like Michael Moore and other people on the left. They have the right to insult me, to attack me all day long, and I will defend their First Amendment right to attack me. Because we live in a free nation.  And they have a right to do that.

Donald Trump's view is that power should be used to silence anyone coming after him. That is a very dangerous view for a president. And --- and, you know, we need instead, after seven years of a narcissistic, power hungry president like Barack Obama, we need a president who will be faithful to the Constitution and defend the Bill of Rights. Not someone who will rule by decree just as Barack Obama did. I think that is incredibly dangerous for our liberties.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.