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Ted Cruz, Rand Paul campaign launches illustrate vastly different media strategies

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The varying extents to which technology and social media are changing some election strategies are reflected by the vast difference between Ted Cruz’s and Rand Paul’s official presidential nomination kickoffs.

“The new media are the game changer for Paul and Cruz,” said Steve Michael, Missouri-based campaign consultant. “Both are seen as younger and utilize the new media — Facebook, Twitter and others — that some in our party still struggle with, at least to their full ability.”

But social media — however good for spreading the candidate’s message and raising money — are not the holy grail for most campaigns, political pros warn.

“In party primaries, technology can amplify and codify that special candidate-voter personal connection, but for the successful candidate, it won’t replace it,” said David Paleologos, Suffolk University Political Research Center director.

Presidential historian Craig Shirley noted that “back in Reagan’s day, social media was six reporters drinking with a campaign’s press secretary at a hotel bar.” And, back then, candidates considered the national press indispensable to their campaigns from the moment of formal launch on to the happy or bitter end.

Mr. Cruz said Monday on the “Hannity” show that he will go over the heads of the press establishment and straight to the American people. At the same time, Mr. Cruz cast himself as the next-best thing to a President Reagan.

According to Mr. Shirley, in November 1979 Ronald Reagan unofficially announced his candidacy to millions of Americans in an interview with an unfriendly Tom Brokaw on NBC’s “Today” show in New York, and then made the official announcement at a ritzy Waldorf Astoria fundraising dinner that night, to which the press was invited.

 

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Ted Cruz declares candidacy, vows to ‘reignite the promise of America’

– The Washington Times – Monday, March 23, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Monday that he is running for president, making him the first official candidate in the 2016 race for the White House.

“I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” Mr. Cruz said during a speech at Liberty University, sending a strong signal that he plans to compete for the evangelical Christians that traditionally play a big role in the GOP nomination race.

“I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise in America,” he said. “And that is why today I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States.”

The big question for Mr. Cruz is whether he can build a big enough coalition to claim the mantle of the conservative alternative to the establishment candidate in a Republican race that will likely also feature former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“He potentially can rebuild the Reagan coalition by adding a populist, anti-Washington message that attracted disaffected Democrats and Independents,” said Craig Shirley, a biographer of President Reagan.

Liberty University was founded in 1971 by the late Jerry Falwell, the televangelist preacher who also led the formation of the moral majority that helped propel Ronald Reagan to the presidency in the 1980 election.

Mr. Cruz is running near the middle of the pack in early national polls, behind Mr. Bush, Mr. Walker and Mr. Paul, who is planning to enter the race early next month.

Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said Mr. Cruz has a “narrow” path to the nomination.

“For Cruz to have a legitimate shot at the nomination, he has to become the preeminent candidate for both grassroots conservatives and social conservatives, which means he has to elbow out the darlings of social conservatives — Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Ben Carson,” Mr. O’Connell said.

Mr, Cruz has won kudos from grass roots activists for the way in which he has stood up against members of both parties. He has been one of the sharpest critics of Obamacare and has slammed the Obama administration’s approach to immigration and foreign policy.

“Imagine in 2017, a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare,” Mr. Cruz said on Monday, sparking applause from the crowd.

In his speech, Mr. Cruz called for a flat tax on income, abolishing the internal Revenue Service, and securing the nation’s borders.

Mr. Cruz touted religious liberty, pro-life policies and traditional marriage, as well as Second Amendment gun rights and his desire to “repeal” the K-12 education standards known as Common Core.

He also promoted the nation’s ties to Israel, and said Iran should not obtain a nuclear weapon under any circumstances.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Mr. Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas, arguing several cases before the Supreme Court.

Mr. Cruz was joined by his wife, Heidi, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and his two young daughters, Caroline and Catherine.

Democrats wasted no time offering a mock welcome as the outspoken conservative entered the race.

“As the de facto leader of the Republican Party in recent years, it is only fitting that Ted Cruz would position himself in front of the GOP’s 2016 presidential field,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, adding that Mr. Cruz’s “determination to oppose and obstruct any and all attempts to help the middle class is the embodiment of what’s wrong with the Republican Party.”

Statement of Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley on Salon’s Interview with Rick Perlstein

Pat Robertson NH primary 2

For Rick Perstein to gratuitously attack Richard Viguerie is beyond laughable. Richard Viguerie is an important figure in American political history. Rick Perlstein has been forever branded as a serial plagiarist.

 
No one takes him seriously.

 
As a so-called historian, Perlstein is an extremely poor one. Pat Robertson did not win the New Hampshire GOP primary in 1988—or in any year.

 
Perlstein even fails open book tests.

The Ronald Reagan Symposium 2015

Reagan SymposiumHistorian Craig Shirley to Participate in Panel Discussion at Reagan Symposium

Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian Craig Shirley will participate in Regent University’s 10th Annual Reagan Symposium.  Mr. Shirley will be a featured scholar during the symposium’s first panel and will discuss Ronald Reagan, the Projection of Power, Anti-Communism and American Politics in the 1980’s.

WHO:              Craig Shirley, Reagan Biographer and Presidential Historian

WHAT:            The Ronald Reagan Symposium 2015: Panel Discussion

WHERE:         Regent University Communication & Performing Arts Center Main Stage

WHEN:           Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:00 AM ET

“Around the world today, a democratic revolution is gathering new strength.” Ronald Reagan asserted this before the British Parliament in 1982, arguing that authoritarian regimes were causing “an uprising of intellect and will against injustice and tyranny.” He challenged the West: “If the rest of this century is to witness the gradual growth of freedom … we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.”

The 2015 Ronald Reagan Symposium will explore how to assess the efforts of that era to promote liberty and today’s U.S. policy toward democracy and democratization. The Ronald Reagan Symposium is an annual event featuring nationally known scholars and is regularly featured on C-SPAN.