This isn't what Ted talks were supposed to be
In an appearance Thursday morning on CNBC, noted 2016 clown car aspirant, recently former Canadian citizen, and current U.S. Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz of Texas took a question about whether he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is too liberal to run for the GOP nomination:
You know, Jeb has not declared his candidacy. I like Jeb. I'm a fan of Jeb Bush's. I'm going to let him decide if he's running first.
So, good news for Jeb: Ted Cruz likes you. That said, if you felt like there was a "but" coming from Cruz, you won't be disappointed:
But I will say this. We need to learn from history. We need to look to history to find out what works and what doesn't, and the one thing that is clear is that if Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney [...] we will end up with the same result, which is that millions of people will stay home on election day which is what happened for all three of them. And if we run another candidate like that Hillary Clinton will be the next president.
I will say this: Ted Cruz is right—if Republicans nominate Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton will be the next president. But if he thinks that nominating someone like, say, Ted Cruz will change that, then he's even nuttier than he pretends, because while Hillary Clinton could easily beat Jeb Bush, she could absolutely destroy Ted Cruz.
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In fact, if the GOP nominates a nut job like Cruz, then millions of people staying home will be the best-case scenario for them, because with a guy like Cruz at the top of the Republican ticket, the more people vote, the worse things will be for the GOP.