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It’s Hard to Risk the Outcome of an Election on an Honest Response to a Tough Question, Says AMAC’s Dan Weber

election-2016WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 5 – Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, issued an unusual commentary on the state of the 2016 Presidential Election.  He said he was compelled to make special note of a campaign strategy that runs counter to the popular notion that candidates win votes by telling voters what they want to hear not what they need to hear.

“The Iowa caucuses showed that perhaps American voters care more about honesty than you might imagine.  We are not endorsing Senator Ted Cruz; nor does AMAC make it a practice to endorse any specific candidate for elected office.  But his bold decision to stand firm and double down on his stand against ethanol subsidies in a state that depends on such subsidies cannot be ignored.”

In fact, Weber pointed out, Cruz’s well-known distaste for any type of energy subsidies had the pundits guessing that his stance surely would spell defeat on the campaign trail, particularly in states such as Iowa.  Instead, Cruz won hands down in caucus after caucus.

“King corn reigns in Iowa and subsidies for corn-based renewable fuels have stood farmers there in good stead.  Almost half of Iowa’s corn crop is devoted to the production of ethanol.  It’s such an important issue in the state that Governor Terry Branstad, who has always remained neutral during the caucuses, slammed Cruz for his position.  In other words, they don’t want to hear that a potential new president will take away their subsidies.  But, Cruz stayed true to his beliefs and won the votes he sought.”

One irate farmer went toe-to-toe with Cruz on the issue.  He confronted the candidate in a pre-caucus gathering and tried to call him out.  But Cruz did not take the bait.  He stood firm and explained his position in a polite and non-confrontational manner, according to the reporters who were on hand for the event.  He told the man that his tax plan “ends all energy subsidies and mandates.  No Washington favoritism for oil and gas, for wind, for solar, or for anyone else.  We should phase out the Renewable Fuel Standard, end all energy subsidies, and ensure a level playing field for everyone.”

It was a gutsy thing for Cruz to do under the circumstances, Weber said.

“I make this statement in an effort to convince all candidates to consider the integrity factor when campaigning.  Voters are angry this campaign season; they feel they’ve been snookered by professional politicians who’ll say anything to get their votes.  But that’s exactly what makes them angry.  No one likes being lied to, but they respond well to honesty—even if the truth hurts.  It’s easy to tell people what they want to hear; it’s hard to risk the outcome of an election on an honest response to a tough question, particularly when your answer goes against the grain.  Sure, Cruz is a Maverick who says what he means and means what he says.  You can fault him for his blunt approach but you have to give him credit for his honesty.  The voters in Iowa did.”

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Ronald Wyley
5 years ago

This country was established on Christian principles and a market economy. The Constitution was written with these principles and guideline. Ted Cruz is the strongest candidate with these ideas in mind, I don’t know any of the candidates personally but I would vote for any of the Republicans running now over George H.W.Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain or Romney.

Teresa Williams
5 years ago

I was leaning toward Cruz but no more. I don’t trust him; I think that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and I don’t understand the Christian establishment’s blind faith in him and I am a Christian!

Teresa Williams
5 years ago

I was leaning toward Cruz but no more; I think he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I don’t trust him and I do not understand the Christian establishment’s stance toward him and I am a Christian!

Gene Alexeff
5 years ago

I liked Trump when he first entered the competition for president. I liked it when he did not take any crap from the leftist media. However, he makes a lot of general statements that sound good, but when he gets specific, he says the same as Bernie and Hillary. Just like a Democrat, he assigns labels, “Cheater”, “Ugiiy”, “Bitch”, etc,. Cruz has been consistent, on what he stands for, so he is my choice.

Wayne Renz
5 years ago

I agree with Ted Cruz. If the market cam make a better mouse trap the people will buy it. I do understand why that the alternate power (Wind, Solar, Hydo. & etc.) is be forced on us that cost more and we do not that the enter structure for it. If you our off the Power grid one of these alternate power programs may make sense. Some of the Alternate Power, to produce it cost mot than and uses more power to make it than it can produce it selfe.

Bob Elschlager
5 years ago

Although I will likely vote for Trump, Kudos to Ted Cruz on this issue. I have thought of the same thing myself. It’s oh so easy to say one thing in front of one audience, but it is oh so threatening to say the same thing to audiences of different interests, especially political interests.

mickey c ross
5 years ago

all I can say is that I’ll vote for any republican president even ones I don’t like than to have the screw balls that the democrats have running for president

mickey c ross
5 years ago

ethanol in gas of your chain saw, weed eater or other small engines makes the piston run hot and can cause them to loose compression, that’s why I tell people to add an ethanol treatment to counteract the ethanol in the gas unless you can find a gas station that don’t have ethanol in its gas…I also have seen primer bulbs on lawnmowers melted down because of ethanol……there are so many things we can make with corn besides ethanol

Ruth Smith
5 years ago

CNN was the first to give out false info saying Ben Carson had stepped out of race. Just shows one more time why it is dangerous to trust the liberal media. Cruz campaign trusted the media when they could have checked on their honesty. Cruz apologized immediately upon discovery of the error. We haven’t heard apology from CNN have we.

Mike Mahan
5 years ago

I like Mr. Cruz and as honest as you make him out to be he really put it to Mr. Carson by telling people he was dropping out. I’m not sure he would have won Iowa without that “tactic”.

IMHO
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Mahan

First of all, it wasn’t a “tactic”, it was Cruz’s team reacting to a CNN story that was given to them by the Carson team in the heat of the Iowa Caucus. There is plenty of blame to go around but only one of these parties has had the integrity to step up, accept their part of the blame and to apologize. Second, Cruz would have had to “steal” over 6,000 votes from Carson if what you say is true. Where is the outcry from those 6,000 Iowa voters? The only “tactic” here is CNN trying desperately to further their agenda of once again choosing our candidate.

MRG
5 years ago
Reply to  IMHO

Not sure what you mean by saying that the CNN story was given to them by the Carson team. That doesn’t make sense. I’m particularly disgruntled but all news stations simply ignoring Ben Carson’s candidacy. It does appear the mass media indeed wants to control the choice we have in our candidates.

Fenwick
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike Mahan

Hey Mike,

Carson is a nice guy. I gave him $. But explain why he lost badly tonight in New Hampshire- did Cruz do that too ?

Ann
5 years ago

I am concerned that Mr. Cruz, much as there is to admire, is not a practical man. He talks of doing away with corn subsidies and ” ripping up Obamacare on the first day in office”, but that is not possible without a plan in place ON DAY ONE to phase out or replace those respective issues. He is not practical and needs to face reality. What does he do with all the people who have signed on to Obamacare?? I do not like the course language turn that Mr. Trump’s campaign has taken either; it is classless. It lacks diplomacy which he would need to have as President. Still searching in Texas.

HAM
5 years ago
Reply to  Ann

Hi Ann. I think you may be taking Cruz’s statements about what he would do on day one too literally. He is an extremely smart man and knows there would have to be another plan in place first. He is just saying he would start the ball rolling on day one.

Gary Gadsden
5 years ago

Early comments about honesty? Talk of Obamacare folding under its own weight- SS, Medicare and Medicaid are also going to fold. Taxes cannot be increased enough and benefits cannot be cut enough to save them. Is that truthful?

Wynn Passey
5 years ago

Ronald Reagan was respected by friend and foe alike. His enemies might of hated his politics or policies but they respected the man because he was true to his core beliefs and values. The same can be said for Ted Cruz. It is far greater to be respected than to be loved and harder too.

Jim Cotterill
5 years ago

I appreciate the high level of integrity that Cruz displayed on the ethanol subsidy issue. I just wish his campaign had shown that same degree of care with the rumor about Ben Carson pulling out of Iowa.

HAM
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Cotterill

Jim Cotterill: Hind sigh is always the best sight. Crews apologized for his campaign staff. I’m sure every one will be much more careful going forward. As I said on a previous comment, I think Ben Carson also bears some responsibility because he and his campaign , given the political environment, should have made it very clear why he was leaving Iowa early to go to Florida and not allow for speculation. CNN bears the BIGGEST responsibility because they sent out the initial report about it.

Bob Holtzclaw
5 years ago

Cruz has stood firm again on principle: He has said “No” to requiring women to register for the “Draft.”

Ann Gazda
5 years ago

The main stream media can twist things more than a tornado!!! Truth needs to win out and we need to take our country back. King Obama thinks he is above the law
and I hope we get a good, faithful, and true to the Constitution president. The only way for evil to prevail is for the good to do nothing!!! I agree, Ben Carson has been treated unfairly. I read his book America the Beautiful, it needs to be beautiful again. Let’s hope that this election is a wake up call!!!

Fenwick
5 years ago

Let’s stop hitting on all the Republican candidates- each of them would be a heck of a lot better than whoever the Dems are putting up.
AMAC is proposing a 1% hike in Social Security for 2016. The candidates should be asking why Obama has not asked for an increase. After all, he just passed an executive order for Federal workers to get 1.3%, doesn’t he care about our elderly poor?

CAC
5 years ago

You speak of Ted Cruz’s honesty? What about the under cut to Ben Carson? I truly mourn for this man. He stands for everything I firmly believe in and as I listen to more and more of the videos on u-tube I go more and more to his camp. This is a wonderful sincere patriotic christian man who lives what he speaks and has great doable solutions for the problems of America. Lets give him a chance.

Lane
5 years ago
Reply to  CAC

CAC I felt exactly as you do when I first seen the slams against Ted Cruz for what happened. But did you see the debate Saturday evening when he attempted to set the record straight on this matter? I had already heard the “background” on this story. The way I heard it was on a live broadcast here in Dallas, Texas last week. I think it was on Fox network. They told that CNN, AP, and Reuters all carried the same story that “Ben Carson was dropping out of the race.” Now, whether or not that was correct, I don’t know, because I have not even tried to check that part of the story line out for myself nor do I have any intention of trying to do so. But, think of the fact that not only did Ted Cruz apologize publicly for what his people on the ground did, but again twice at the debate Saturday evening. You cannot get more public than that to make an apology to someone. Also when the debate was over and they were all shaking hands and talking as they left the stage. It was Ted Cruz that went over to Ben Carson and was speaking to him even as the cameras were shut off he was there in conversation with Ben Carson. I would like to know what they had to say to each other. Also note that the “Drive by media” did not even attempt to shine any light on the fact that CNN was first to come out with the story about Ben Carson quitting the race, but blamed the whole mess on Ted Cruz. Like GWB it was all his fault.

Douglas
5 years ago
Reply to  CAC

Dear Lane,
From what I’ve heard, the percentage of the Iowa vote captured by Dr. Carson was actually higher than the pre-caucus poll results. So the conclusion is probably that Carson’s Iowa caucus results were not impacted by the CNN story, nor from the emails sent by the Cruz staffers.

David
5 years ago

Bringing up true negative things, like Hillary Clinton sending classified e-mails on her private server for example, is probably a good thing so we know how devious a particular candidate is. I don’t want to vote for a chronic liar and probably most of us feel that way. Telling lies about someone to gain more votes for yourself is still unacceptable in my book.

Larry Malone
5 years ago

Ted Cruz is the only constitutional conservative running for President. Those who have complained about his birth, have never read the Constitution.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Larry Malone

Hi Larry,

I would say that most have probably have read the Constitution. Also the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence as well. However, they may not have understood what they actually read based on a few of the comments posted. Reading something and comprehending something are sometimes two very different things.

Plus it is also pretty clear that a lot of folks are looking for a flawless, perfect candidate. Some kind of pure savior that will magically fix everything on day one, so they can go back to sleepwalking through life. Which, since all candidates are merely human, of course does not actually exist. Given the absolute importance of this election, as the absolute last chance we will have to save the United States from completing its transition into a socialist democracy under Hillary, Bernie or any other Democrat President, with all that it entails, I find some of the comments quite troubling. Oh well. We may be heading the way of Argentina, Venezuela, Zimbabwe or Greece, since it seems seven and half years of Obama taught a lot of people nothing. Plan accordingly should we hand the Democrats the White House again.

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