Cruz clinches Value Voters straw poll coming just a day after he drew standing ovations with a religious and emotional speech that blasted ObamaCare, congressional Democrats and called for Republicans to take over the White House in 2016. - 9/27/14
Jeb Bush was supposed to be the frontrunner in the 2016 Republican Presidential Campaign. Instead, he’s quickly turning himself into a pariah in the GOP. He has decided to forego the Iowa Straw Poll, the official starting line in the 2016 campaign. At the Straw Poll, the top GOP candidates pay more than a few big bucks to have the chance to spew propaganda and bigotry to crowds that were paid to attend. Jeb’s decision to stay away has riled the Republican leadership and the Koch Brothers.
Cruz crushes field in presidential straw poll at Values Voters Summit. Sen. Ted Cruz trounced the competition in the presidential straw poll at the 2013 Values Voters Summit, with Dr. Ben Carson and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum coming in a distant second and third places — highlighting how Mr. Cruz has become a rock star with grassroots conservatives. 10/12/13