CBS Battleground Polls: Donald Trump Extends Leads, Lack of “Authenticity” Dogging Ted Cruz…

CBS via YouGov has released a series of battleground polls for New York, Pennsylvania and California (full pdf’s below).  Interestingly the polls are not identical questionnaires; instead they appear geographically nuanced, specifically on the Democrat queries.

However, there are some rather interesting trend similarities which are embedding as the campaigns of the three remaining republican candidates take on increased importance:

  • The electorate has made up their mind.  There is only about 3% of the electorate who might change their vote.  There will not be any “surging” per se’.
  • Donald Trump’s overall appeal is across all demographics and internal ideologies.
  • Donald Trump wins with women voters, and higher information political consumers.
  • Very Importantly – Trump is seen as most authentic and capable as a political change agent.
  • Trump also leads with Hispanic voters in California, and absolutely crushes the competition with the Asian electorate.
  • The most important issue in all three states (NY, PA, CA) are jobs/economy. And economic voters are overwhelmingly Trump voters.  (Trump also leads on the alternative issues – second place: security/terrorism)
  • Conversely, Ted Cruz is seen as the most “inauthentic” candidate in the race.

NEW YORK

battleground new york

PENNSYLVANIA

battleground pennsylvania

CALIFORNIA

battleground california

In every poll Donald Trump wins the “he-is-who-he-is” factor.

As Lee Atwater would tell you, that’s critically important.  Once the broader electorate sense “who you are”, and become comfortable with that sensibility, there is a remarkable shift toward granting the benefit of doubt in policy and change.

[The most recent example of such a benefactor was Bill Clinton in his prime.]

However, in the same polls, Ted Cruz is viewed as the candidate willing to tell you everything you want to hear so long as it benefits him.  That’s the “authenticity” issue.  Just as there is a long-term benefit in positive authenticity polling, there is a long-term detriment in negative authenticity polling.

Opinions of “authenticity”  are almost impossible to change once they embed.  The word ‘almost’ is an understatement, because no politician in modern times has ever been able to reverse the authenticity component.

Bernie Sanders also benefits from positive opinions in authenticity, and Hillary Clinton is viewed similarly to Cruz as inherently inauthentic as a matter of mere disposition.

Hillary clinton mehcruz quote

Lyin’ Ted” and issues with “The System” are linguistic kill shots that candidate Trump has used skillfully.  The greater benefit is now becoming easier to see.

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348 Responses to CBS Battleground Polls: Donald Trump Extends Leads, Lack of “Authenticity” Dogging Ted Cruz…

  1. First it was Low Energy Jeb, then Little Marco Rubio, it’s LYIN’ TED for a few more days, and then Mr. Trump turns his attention towards Crooked Hillary. He definitely knows branding.

    Liked by 23 people

  2. LoreneTN says:

    And here is another way Trump is “authentic”….he is an authentic man (a real man)!

    http://ulstermanbooks.com/d-w-ulsterman-return-american-mega-man-trump-edition/

    And this, my friends, is why women love him. We want a strong leader.

    Remember in a recent interview when some MSM demon asked Trump what are the top three things our government should do, and Trump said “security, security, security.” Well of course the MSM demon mocked him, yet Trump was exactly correct!

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  3. What I want to know is this, Why is anyone wasting a vote on Kasich? Remember he loves Obamacare, loves Common Core, loves amnesty, and loved Clinton’s gun ban…why doesn’t he have a D instead of an R behind his name. How stupid is our electorate to even wast their vote on Kasich who has no chance of winning…or are all these insipid voters doing it to deprive Trump of delegates…well could be they’re following the GOP establishment orders because they’re brainwashed with propaganda. God help us our dumbed down Americans because of the rotten education, are going to lead us into 3rd world dictatorship if we get anyone but Trump.

    Keep the letters going, and give NOTHING to the GOP, in fact, after Nov., change to Independent because the GOP doesn’t deserve to have us. Filth…and their agenda is the same as the left, and has been for over 60 years

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    • JD says:

      I agree with most of what you said, but Kasich is a benefit to Trump right now. Yes, Kasich has no chance of winning and he’s very progressive, but he softens the “anti-Trump” vote.

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      • LaVoone says:

        Actuall Kasich is a detriment to Trump. According to side by side polls between Trump and Cruz, Trump gets at least 60% in some polls. Also his wife spilled the fact that the main reason Kasich is in the race is to stop Trump. Kasich is just like all the other arrogant polititions that have abandoned the example of our founders. The founders never intended for professional polititions.

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        • grlangworth says:

          “The founders never intended for professional politicians(sic).”

          That’s exactly right. The founders of these U.S. saw public office as a short term necessary evil for folks who were civic minded enough to get elected. The founders expected these political seats to be shifted between different folks — businessmen sometimes, farmers sometimes, doctors sometimes, etc.

          But when lawyers got into making laws and morphed into permanent politicians they found a great way to continue feeding at the government trough. As usual, politics was found to be an absolutely great way for talkers who could not make a go of it on their own to suddenly find great wealth and ‘honor’ as a permanent politician.

          Term limits for everything — including the Supreme Court — should be considered for these government seats. No politician should be allowed to lobby or make any money while in office. That way, he will want to get out and resume gainful employment right away.

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          • AMD_Afficionado says:

            Resume gainful employment? We have politicians in there who never were gainfully employed in “real” jobs, like Walker and Lyin’ Paul Ryan.

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        • JD says:

          We’re on the same team. It’s speculation about the effect of Kasich, but he does “divide” the opposition to Trump. Roger Stone said the same thing in an Infowars interview. But it is a moot point, because I believe that Trump will reach 1237 delegates after the CA primary. Keep up the good work! Trump 2016!!

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      • mhs100 says:

        Many Kasich votes could be going to Trump instead of wasted votes. No kasich will help Trump get over the 50% mark.

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        • jedimastertrump says:

          Kasich will never leave the race because if he does Trump Gets his Ohio 66 delegates. The RNC and the GOPeelites are funding Kasich to keep him in and try to block trumps path to 1237

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          • JD says:

            Correct. It’s been reported that George Soros is also funding Kasich. Sometimes there are divisions even among the ranks of the kingmakers as to how best to proceed.

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            • Okeydoker says:

              Kasick is your rypical GOPe dirtbag.

              Liked by 1 person

            • entagor says:

              Why have George Soros and his surrogates given John Kasich’s campaign $700,000?
              https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/why-has-george-soros-given-john-kasichs-presidential-campaign-700000

              Kasich is picking up votes because the MSM is purposefully not covering him in detail. They are trying to make him into the non controversial ‘nice guy’ candidate. His numbers match the typical percentage of people who prefer to avoid controversy. I call them the happy ostriches.

              On local news this morning they opened by announcing Hillary had won big and gave her percentage. Then the announcer stated that Trump also won (without mentioning size of win) and finished with something negative about Trump). Kasich was not reported.

              Every sentence about Trump on all local news here is SE Michigan either leads or ends with a negative. As in ‘Trump makes another controversial slip of the tongue…”

              Soros and his ilk have reputation for jimmying markets for buys or sells. Search Wiki for Stanley Druckemiller, who with Soros is infamous for breaking the Bank of England. Druckenmiller has also dropped a bunch on Kasich. I would say the Kasich pushers are attempting to corral the ostriches away from a real decision. They will maintain Kasich as the fantasy candidate until the convention, because some of Kasich’s votes would otherwise go to Trump.

              They need trump to be vote-poor

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      • Please says:

        I think Kasich is also another NRC patsy. He is being used for the ‘stopCruz’ movement. Kasich prevents Cruz from a win as well. If there were only two candidates, Trump and Cruz, and Trump loses, then Cruz would win. Kasich dilutes the field so neither Cruz nor Trump can claim a majority.

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    • WSB says:

      GoPee operatives who are told to vote for Kasich to deny Trump. Stepford voters. Name tags and Chardonnay.

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    • Willy says:

      gope ticket… K suck / cruz.

      Then cruz gets the Reagan 1981 treatment.

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    • Kasich is not a doer, he always be known as a disrupt-er. He is not in this race to win anything, well maybe for a government handout, even in congress his main purpose was that to disrupt, to discourage to undermine to process to accomplish the will of his handlers.

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    • Rev21v3n4 says:

      Kasich still appeals to old style R establishment cronies. Those are the people that still genuinely go for him. The rest are just chum bait to stop the Trump train.

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    • grannysue says:

      If you live in a state that hasn’t voted yet. Go to the polls and take pictures and follow buses that are running from one precinct to another to vote more than once. cruz has been doing this. Unless we can shut down the vote fraud going on Cruz will steal a bunch of votes from Trump.

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  4. MeThePeople says:

    GO TRUMP

    Liked by 5 people

  5. aredtailblog says:

    With Asian friends and family, it does me proud to see that Trump is doing well with them in California. I’d especially hope so as affirmative action hits Far East Asians the hardest.

    Liked by 13 people

    • michelala says:

      Cruz will get demolished in CA partly due to the Asian vote. My hubby is Filipino. SoCal is full of Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean immigrants. From my experience thru my husband’s network Cruz has a huge problem with Asians. We were at a party Saturday nite and sat with a big group of hubby’s friends. The consensus was that Cruz is creepy. They don’t buy his act at all.

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  6. kinthenorthwest says:

    Interesting

    Revealed: Colorado Lawmakers Who Voted to Scrap Election Are Ted Cruz Delegates
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/04/17/colorado-lawmakers-voted-scrap-election-are-ted-cruz-delegates/

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    • Prothonotary Warbler says:

      I am enjoying the ineffectual damage-control flailing of Steve Louse on this subject. One Denver radio talk host, Dan Capliss, is a pretty establishment kind of guy, but he was saying the state’s GOP delegate allocation process this year looked bad. He had his producer Casey Bloyer working behind the scenes to get Louse on his show to explain and defend himself. But Louse responded to Capliss’s criticism by texting Bloyer with a vow to “never appear on your show again.”

      Bloyer did exactly what you’d expect a good producer to do. He walked into the set with his phone to show Capliss that text. Capliss then talked about the text.

      Louse was all sorts of butthurt about that. “Oh, I was expecting that text to remain private!” No; I’m sorry, but that counts as a comment to the show, and they’re free to do whatever they want with it.

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    • LM says:

      Cruz is telling voters that “a vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary”….and that when it is obvious that both Cruz and Clinton are looking to get elected without the requisite number of votes.

      It would be nice–but they do not feel it is necessary. They are both fully confident in the powers of persuasion.

      Even if you look no further it should be apparent that Cruz and Clinton are very much the same thing.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Some are saying that the same people own Cruz as own Obama.
        No really backup…But it sure makes me wonder.

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        • grannysue says:

          They are right. Cruz is owned by the Bush family. The Bush family were instrumental in getting Obama elected.Cruz worked for the Bushs. Neil Bush works for Cruz in his campaign. The truth is coming out, it just is taking time. The Lord if we pray will reveal all the darkness in these people in his due time.

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      • not2worryluv says:

        Ted + Heidi = Bill & Hillary

        Liked by 6 people

      • WSB says:

        Ted is used to talking to a 7 and 4 year old. Barack Obama was used to talking to low information voters. As incredible as it may seem, Obama got away with his plan.

        Honestly, Ted shouldn’t.

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      • Toronto Tonto says:

        Cruz got fewer votes than socialist Bernie. He’s that unpopular!

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      • Prothonotary Warbler says:

        Trump has attacked Hillary more often and more effectively than Cruz has.

        In fact, the only time I’ve seen Cruz attack Hillary at all, it was indirect. When the NYT and the WaPo published a cartoon showing Cruz as an organ-grinder and his daughters as his monkeys, the Cruz campaign put out a cartoon showing the NYT and the WaPo as Hillary’s lapdogs.

        Meanwhile, when Hillary tried to paint Trump as a sexist, Trump responded by pointing out her long history of enabling the predations of her husband Bill Cosby Clinton, and several prominent Hillary supporters, including Lena Dunham, responded to that with, “Eww, she did do that, didn’t she? I, uh… I don’t know if I could really support her now…”

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    • ladypenquin says:

      Good, then the people of Colorado will deal with this accordingly next time any of them are up for reelection. I mean, after all, actions all have consequences eventually. In this case, I’m hoping fair-minded Coloradans take a stand for integrity and not disenfranchising their voters by tactics which lack integrity.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        Last time they didn’t wait for the next election to kick out the Senators who were screwing around with the gun laws.

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  7. roxanne175 says:

    I have heard the accusations that Trump supporters are low information but what I’m finding is the opposite.

    Yesterday, my husband told me of two men who don’t like Trump because…wait for it…he’s too radical. They both used this phrase. One is a man, about 63, who is a very successful car salesman for an “American” company. The other is a blue collar machine operator, also about 60, who looks like a total bum but is actually well off due to real estate investments.

    Both cited Trump’s ban on Muslims (which is a falsehood) and they are both worried that increasing taxes on imports will hurt the economy as too radical.

    I went ballistic. I want to ask them both what is so radical about securing the border and fair trade. The car salesman liked Rubio but has switched to Cruz (like calls to like, I guess) and I’m not sure about the other.

    Those average Americans opposed to Trump just do not have a grasp on how life really works.

    Liked by 13 people

    • Sentient says:

      American tariffs on Chinese goods would be horrible, but Chinese tariffs on American goods are just fine, I guess.

      Liked by 12 people

      • not2worryluv says:

        When American jobs go overseas we have unemployed Americans who are added to Government Programs like unemployment, food stamps and disability. The unemployed worker loses their confidence, sometimes their families and sometimes their lives when they turn their despair over to alcohol and drugs. Tariffs on imported goods protects Americans and America.

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      • grlangworth says:

        If we keep exporting manufacturing to lower the cost of goods, we will fully erase the consumer class in these United States. Nobody will be left who can afford a 55 inch 4K flat screen even if it is $75. Nobody will be left to pay taxes except the top 1% who already pay 45% of all taxes now. That good old ‘basic annual income’ is a Lenin pipe dream that actually died before my grandmother.

        Sundance said it well: “…Under the “America First proposal, the cost of ‘durable’ goods – at least those we import – will increase, your iPhone might cost $800 instead of $600. However, North Carolina apparel, clothing & furniture manufacturing will have an opportunity to revitalize, and with it, jobs.. As U.S. manufacturing finds its footing and begins to restart there will be a period of pain. But it’s a shift from ‘dependency’ to ‘independence’ — freedom is dependent on it.”

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    • Michelle says:

      Does the car salesman know that Cruz is copying all Trumps positions anyway?

      Car salesman of course would not care if manufacturing etc goes overseas and gets low taxes. Real estate person if successful probably is familiar with middle eastern money coming in to buy our real estate so maybe that’s his issue w the Muslim thing. Either way they don’t seem to care about the big picture when their kids will suffer.

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    • doozie says:

      Sounds like the people you described are Rush Limbaugh listeners and followers. They are deluded by Limbaughnand believe everything he says.

      Liked by 5 people

    • ladypenquin says:

      Personally, I can’t stand most Chinese goods because their quality is poor. I’d rather pay a little more than have cheap goods which have to constantly be replaced. Politicians make a mistake when they think all we want is “cheap” – no, we want value for our money, and not to waste it – in all things.

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    • MfM says:

      If more jobs go overseas… who is going to buy the car salesman’s cars?

      If people are broke because they can’t find well paying jobs, how is the real estate market going to do?

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    • Jett Black says:

      This is what I hear all the time–at least when I’m not getting the whispered, “I’m for Trump, too, but don’t say it too loudly.” Real USA citizens/patriots and Trump are being Alinskyed by the left and their feinting phallanx, the GOPe. There is a steady rain of disinformation and outright agitprop pouring from the MSM. It is a testament to both the strength of our patriotism and our recognition of how desperate the times are that we’re in, that so very many of us are standing up against the onslaught of abuse to support the one America-First candidate in the race and the first one (IMHO) since Goldwater (Reagan was close–but ’86 amnesty and groundwork for NAFTA).

      I had a conversation with a colleague last week and he decried his fear that Mr. Trump would get us into wars and generally be a bellicose and dangerous POTUS. I asked him what specifically Mr. Trump had said or written that made him think that. He could only come up with Mr. Trump’s comments about attacking ISIS. Well, every other candidate has taken that position and essentially all the other positions Mr. Trump took from the outset and they all said were too radical at first. He had to acknowledge that and that Mr. Trump had actually been more careful and reserved about foreign military entanglements, criticizing the Iraq fiasco under Bush2, Obummer/Shillery’s Libyan fiasco, and the crazy, horrible deal with Iran, while stating he’d leave Syria to those who were already fighting. Those were my recollections at the time. No push-back on those issues (even though I was just talking from only my poor memory).

      The shocking thing is when you transition such conversations to immigration and trade, it’s like people who have young children or like myself, with young adult children, don’t seem to have given any thought to what illegal immigration and particularly H1B visa abuse has done and will do to our children’s futures. Nor have they given any thought to what the unlawful relocation of a vast, motivated, skilled and semi-skilled labor force away from Mexico and Central America has done to those nations’ economies and cultures. I’m not a rocket surgeon, but this stuff is glaringly obvious to me. When virtually all the hardworking, motivated, skilled male role models, labor, and defense forces of a country leave and stay gone, only sending some money back to families without traditional heads of households, reliant on dysfunctional governments for security and support, that country/city/neighborhood becomes fertile ground for criminal gang exploitation. The historical proof is staring everyone in the face, but almost no one seems to recognize it, until they’re expressly slapped in the face with it. We all need to hit these issues hard with anyone who will discuss. Alinsky tactics are effective, but only if those involved respond emotionally, without thinking about facts and their own true self and community interests.

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      • Excellent post, Jett Black. What I like best about is that your ideas are your own and you are throwing out new ones. I had never thought of the horrible effect on their own home countries these migrations were and are having. They need those men! Just as we need ours! Thank you!

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      • JunieG says:

        I love Trump for many reasons, but his retreat from NeoCon/NeoLiberal ideology is YUGE for me.

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    • aredtailblog says:

      The thing too is that his proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigrants isn’t unconstitutional so long as there’s an obvious desire to change the law of the land through it (Sharia Law and CAIR going nuts over states banning it). Every person I’m following on Youtube who’s actually trying to stay informed about the situation, liberal or conservative, can at least agree that Trump will probably do the least amount of damage if not be the optimal choice for POTUS.

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  8. Sentient says:

    Maybe if Cruz uses some more weird hand gesticulations, makes the dramatic pauses longer and does that “I feel your pain” clenched chin thing, people will start thinking of him as authentic.

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  9. barton2016 says:

    more than anything it boils down to how the candidate matches the locale culture. No surprise Cruz wins the less populous midwest states and Trump will sweep the coasts. Time to go back to your inbred followers in TX, Lyin Ted.

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  10. larry outlaw says:

    ted cruz is gay,slept with two of his butt buddies in college.his wife must be a front.

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  11. AdukeLAXobserver says:

    Ted Cruz is as authentic as John “Can I Get Me a Hunting License Here” Kerry. Can’t believe so many Texas fell for his act.

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  12. So I found out today that my in-laws in CA are voting for Trump. I was shocked! They are immigrants from Greece, worked their butts off, became Americans the old fashion way and are now retired. I figured his salty language would deter them but apparently papa Dimitri doesn’t mind or care. He’s 83 and quite vocal about politics, I think that’s the Greek in him 🙂 Anyway thought I’d share the great news.

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  13. Howie says:

    (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

    WILLIAM REHNQUIST: Now, Mr. Cruz, we’ll hear from you.

    CRUZ: Mr. Chief Justice, and may it please the court, at the outset, two issues bear emphasis. First, the court need not and should not address the many interesting issues of international law and constitutional law that swirl about this case.

    ANTONIN SCALIA: They really are interesting, you know?

    CRUZ: They are indeed, and this may launch a thousand law review articles.

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  14. ladypenquin says:

    Has anyone else noticed how desperate the anti-Trump folks are and have to constantly demand that we vote for their candidate? IOW, they have to hate on Trump to get support for their guy, Cruz. I don’t have to hate on Cruz, I have just decided to like Trump! You know what I’m trying to say? 🙂

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    • Mike says:

      I don’t Cruz, I once supported him. I just think he is an arrogant little slimeball shyster who treats voters as ignorant hoi pollei since no one has yet stopped him over his citizenship issues either.

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    • I totally get you … I don’t hate Cruz, I just hate what he stands for, more big, bloated government and more centralized government control. That is not what our Founders designed, they gave us democratic republic, a bottom up government if you will … “of the people, by the people and for the people. Trump is for less centralized government control, more state and local control and individual freedom. And that I love. I’ll stop bloviating now

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  15. wodiej says:

    What a great way to start my day to see these awesome poll numbers for Mr. Trump. Thank you for the information!

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  16. Citizen Kane says:

    An IBD/Quinnipiac poll identified the single word that comes to minds of voters for candidates. For Hillary it was “liar”…for Trump it was “arrogant”….

    I ask you, which label is more deadly to a candidate and which one is easiest to change into a positive in the minds of voters?

    Trump 2016.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/quinnipiac-poll-hillary-clinton-jeb-bush-donald-trump-words

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  17. varsityward says:

    “Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde

    Ted Cruz donned the mask of “outsider”, and has proceeded to show everyone the truth about himself.

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  18. blaze says:

    I can’t wait until Trump gets a hold on Hillary. It is going to be a schlonging of epic proportions. Hillary doesn’t stand a chance in a debate…all I here her say today is “we need to roll up our sleeves”….sorry that line doesn’t work anymore. I like this line better…”we are $19 trillion in debt and our trade deficit is $500 billion with China.

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  19. Tparty says:

    Speaking of authenticity. The Clintons have an ever dwindling supply. More good news for the general.

    “Hillary Clinton recently blasted the hidden financial dealings exposed in the Panama Papers, but she and her husband have multiple connections with people who have used the besieged law firm Mossack Fonseca to establish offshore accounts”

     http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-18/multiple-clinton-connections-emerge-ongoing-panama-papers-fallout

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  20. notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital says:

    RE: “Lack of “Authenticity” Dogging Ted Cruz…”

    Eh? So what happens in Canada to a Life-Long Canadian (Ted Cruz) does not stay in Canada, Eh?

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  21. jack dempsey says:

    Ted Cruz is a 100% legitimate phony.
    Kasich is still in the race, funded by Soros, to dilute
    Trump’s vote in the east.

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  22. John Galt says:

    Poor Cruzbots. I’m up 33% since April 5th when Cruzbots went wild about Wisconsin.

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  23. citizen817 says:

    Parody of Cruz and NY Values. At the 3:15 mark it’s about the values. SNL very funny.

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  24. FieryFeet says:

    How well do Cruz supporters really know their idol, Ted Cruz?

    The REAL TED CRUZ: The Brutalism of Ted Cruz
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/opinion/the-brutalism-of-ted-cruz.html?_r=0
    by David Brooks
    JAN. 12, 2016

    In 1997, Michael Wayne Haley was arrested after stealing a calculator from
    Walmart. This was a crime that merited a maximum two-year prison term. But prosecutors incorrectly applied a habitual offender law. Neither the judge nor the defense lawyer caught the error and Haley was sentenced to 16 years.

    Eventually, the mistake came to light and Haley tried to fix it. Ted Cruz was solicitor general of Texas at the time. Instead of just letting Haley go for time served, Cruz took the case to the Supreme Court to keep Haley in prison for the full 16 years. [emphasis added]

    Some justices were skeptical. “Is there some rule that you can’t confess error in your state?” Justice Anthony Kennedy asked. The court system did finally let Haley out of prison, after six years.

    The case reveals something interesting about Cruz’s character. Ted Cruz is now running strongly among evangelical voters, especially in Iowa. But in his career and public presentation Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. Cruz’s behavior in the Haley case is almost the dictionary definition of pharisaism: an overzealous application of the letter of the law in a way that violates the spirit of the law, as well as fairness and mercy.

    Traditionally, candidates who have attracted strong evangelical support have in part
    emphasized the need to lend a helping hand to the economically stressed and the least fortunate among us. Such candidates include George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

    But Cruz’s speeches are marked by what you might call pagan brutalism. There is not a hint of compassion, gentleness and mercy. Instead, his speeches are marked by a long list of enemies, and vows to crush, shred, destroy, bomb them. When he is speaking in a church the contrast between the setting and the emotional tone he sets is jarring.

    (See link above for rest of article.)

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