In the interest of continuing to have at least a viable two way contest for the highest office in the land, Red had decided that the GOP needs some help to remain competitive in presidential politics. Red firmly believes that voter in the USA need to hear voices from all sides and make an informed choice. So listen up conservative America because Red has lived with you all dang near all his life and even once saw Dick Nixon play the piano. The best advice Red can give the Republicans is pretty simple.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Sen. Ted Cruz (TP-Texas) failed to report as much as $500,000 in loans from Goldman Sachs that may have been used to help finance his longshot 2012 Senate campaign. Cruz is downplaying this as an “inadvertent” filing error, but part of his Senate campaign was premised on his anti-Wall Street rhetoric and the fact that he was getting preferential loans from a Wall Street giant (that also employed his wife) would not have fit well into that narrative. Cruz explains one of the loans as a “standard margin loan” that you would have with any brokerage account. Red calls BS on that one. There is nothing “standard” about margin loans and they are the easiest way for the average investor to get in trouble and rack up big losses. Red sees potential trouble for the high-flying Tea Party darling in the weeks running up to Iowa. Ted’s “nothing to see here, move along” explanation doesn’t pass the smell test and how did the oh-so-brilliant attorney from Texas not manage to follow disclosure laws which are pretty damn clear on their face. Isn’t interpreting law supposed to be his strong suit?
Rick Perry announced his candidacy for President today. Just what we needed – another Presidential candidate with Texas roots. The Wall Street Journal, Red’s favorite source on all things Rick Perry, speculates on his chances.
He faces a sizable challenge to separate himself from what looks to be a crowded field of GOP contenders in 2016—and overcome the impression he left with national voters during his initial campaign for president, when he raised a large war chest and briefly led the field before suffering a memory lapse in a debate in which he forgot one of the three federal agencies he proposed to eliminate.
Mr. Perry also faces a pending felony indictment related to a veto he issued as governor. He has denied wrongdoing, calling the prosecution a witch hunt by political opponents, and has filed a motion to dismiss the indictment that is pending before an Austin appellate court.
Mr. Perry has played down the headwinds he faces and emphasized the attributes he believes will help distinguish him in a crowded Republican field, including his military background (Sen. Lindsey Graham is the only other current candidate in the GOP field with a military record) and his long tenure as chief executive of a large state.
“I led the world’s 12th largest economy,” he said Thursday. “The question of every candidate will be this: When have you led?
Red never thought he would say it, but Greg Abbott is making him miss Rick Perry.