U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at his rally for religious liberty on 8/21/15 in Des Moines. Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at his rally for religious liberty on 8/21/15 in Des Moines.
Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at his rally for religious liberty on 8/21/15 in Des Moines.Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at his rally for religious liberty on 8/21/15 in Des Moines.
Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)

When Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal exited the race a little more than a month ago, I was not sure I would offer another public endorsement.  As you can imagine, I have had different campaigns reach out, and I’ve struggled with making a decision. I did have a short list; I admire and respect those who were on it, but I knew that eventually I was going to have make a decision whether I made it public or not. The fact is, there are a number of candidates that I will be happy to vote for if they would win the nomination.

This decision hasn’t been made lightly as feelings about candidates become intensely personal, especially living in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. I certainly don’t want to alienate any readers or friends; however, I know some may disagree with my choice and vice versa.

I follow the Jeffersonian line of thinking when it comes to politics and relationships.

Thomas Jefferson famously said, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

That said, I have decided to endorse, and come February 1st will be caucusing for, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). This is my personal endorsement alone, and I’m sure you’ve seen some recent disagreement over candidates here at Caffeinated Thoughts.  That will continue I’m sure as I have zero interest in censoring contributors who believe differently than I do.  I just encourage all of us to maintain civility and to speak truth in love regardless of the candidate we support.

I’m endorsing Cruz, in part, because I believe he is a man of character who loves his wife, his kids and his God.

I believe Ted Cruz will stand firm on restoring the Constitution. How do I know this? I’ve seen him do it time and time and time again in the U.S. Senate. He certainly has not won any popularity contests in DC, but, in my opinion, he has all of the right people mad at him.

I am supporting Ted Cruz because he has followed through on his campaign promises, a rare quality we see in DC these days. He has fought for those seeking reform in Washington.  He has fought for limited government. He has gone against party leadership, and we will need a fighter in the White House.

Cruz has successfully thread the needle between liberty and security. He has fought for personal liberty in light of government overreach in the name of security.  At the same time, he also demonstrates a commitment to national security and to strengthen America’s position in the world.

He has been a champion for religious liberty, for life, and for marriage, both in his previous role as the Solicitor General of Texas and while in the U.S. Senate.  He has been firmly against the Common Core State Standards and has opposed the awful reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

I also have to acknowledge that over the past month there has been a consensus forming behind Cruz. I don’t see the momentum that Cruz has in any other candidate, and to be completely frank, I believe he may be the only candidate who can, at this point, prevent Donald Trump from winning the nomination. He is well positioned to move forward with that support to win the Republican nomination, but I believe he can win in the general election as well.

However, that is secondary to where he stands on issues. Since Cruz has jumped into the race I believed he lined up well with my values, beliefs and standards. He now has my wholehearted support here in Iowa and beyond.  He may not have been my first choice in this race, but I will happily work to see him win Iowa.

I humbly ask for you to join me in this support.

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  1. To be honest Shane, it appears to me that there is Ted Cruz and then you have to walk down the road around the curve to find all other candidates; when it comes to re-founding the country on its original Constitutional values.

    1. He certainly has been the most outspoken. There are a lot of things I like about Rick Santorum as well (which is why I endorsed him in 2012 and he made my short list this time around), but this just isn’t his cycle.

  2. All great points and a great choice, Shane! I also appreciate that Cruz is able to communicate conservative values in a compelling way. I am skeptical of Republican politicians who aren’t able to articulate the principles which they apparently support. When someone can clearly defend their positions, it shows that there must be some true conviction behind their choices. Effective communication is also essential for moving moderates during the general election. Reagan was the most obvious possessor of this ability in our era. Conservative principles make sense. They are the best hope for our country. If we have a candidate who can effectively champion those things, then he or she will be able to attract voters in November.

    1. Read my bio, it’s right above the comment section. I am an Iowan who has a fairly well-read blog who decided to share who I was going to support for President. My opinion means different things to different people, what you decide to do with it is entirely up to you.

  3. Cruz is not necessarily my 1st choice, but I agree with your assessment. He is the best positioned to consolidate the various factions of the conservative movement & persuasively articulate the principles we value in the general.

    I believe we would be wise to unite behind him while the establishment is still divided to give us a chance to get ahead of Rubio (their inevitable default candidate at this point), before they can bring full guns to bear on Cruz, the guy they hate even more than Trump!

    1. Of course not, just like I don’t support the issue of abortion being left up to the states, as we have an inalienable right to life that the Constitution seeks to protect in the 5th and 14th Amendments (not to mentioned explicitly mentioned in organic law in the Declaration). Slavery was a violation of one’s inalienable right to liberty which not only contradicts our organic law in the Declaration, but violated the Constitution as the 5th Amendment clearly states that a person’s liberty would not be taken without due process. I want to be clear that I’m not against a federal definition of marriage. I know Cruz is. I don’t quite agree with him on that. That said, I am also not against a state by state strategy because it’s far better than our current status quo. Pragmatically, I’m not convinced we can get enough votes to ratify a federal definition to marriage. Until then, since marriage law is not an enumerated power of Congress and the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, it should be left to the states per the 10th Amendment. I’ve said in a previous article that I would not buy into a federalism argument without a plan to deal with federal courts. Cruz wants to remove the federal courts’ jurisdiction in marriage which is the only way a state by state battle could work (as we saw before federal courts intervened). That is why I was not satisfied with it when Fred Thompson and Ron Paul touted it. I’m not unsympathetic to even the notion of states not issuing marriage licenses as that phenomenon is not that old (another reason marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution), but I’m afraid it would be hard to undo that.

  4. Hi Shane,

    Great name by the way! That’s our son’s name too!

    I’m in total agreement with your reasons for endorsing Ted Cruz. I have been a fan of his since long before he announced his candidacy. Here is a great article tweeted out by Byron York earlier, and goes a long ways in explaining the vicious establishment attacks on Cruz. Five groups in all. Sad that Huckabee even defended the pack attack in his name.

    And here is a great site that aggregates news links for Cruz by a self starter volunteer.

    And as this is probably my first visit here,I have bookmarked it now. Oh ya, the link just above is how I found you (-:

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