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Are Donald Trump And Ted Cruz The New GOP Dynamic Duo?

Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are meeting to discuss their respective candidacies, with both admitting they are large fans of each other. Will the two conservatives work together to win the nomination?

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Are Donald Trump And Ted Cruz The New GOP Dynamic Duo?  

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last 24 hours | msnbc
Why is Ted Cruz still playing the Trump card? | MSNBC - MSNBC

"...Ted Cruz is still playing the Trump card, but it might be time for a new hand.The Texas senator was virtually the only Republican presidential contender this weekend to hold his fire against fellow White House hopeful Donald Trump for belittling the military record of Arizona Sen. John McCain a former prisoner of war who now chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee (which Cruz also sits on). But while it's not the first time Cruz has stood by Trump through controversy presumably in hopes of securing the same segment of Republican base voters now cheering the real estate mogul's anti-establishment streak this particular display of loyalty has some wondering if the 44-year-old rising GOP star has more to lose than gain with this strategy...." see full article

1305 days ago | bloomberg
Ted Cruz: Not Going 'Into the Gutter' to Attack Donald Trump - Bloomberg Politics - Bloomberg
"...Cruz's refusal to distance himself or even comment on what Trump said leaves him isolated. Within hours of the Trump comments, most of the other Republican contenders rushed to defend McCain, condemn Trump or both. The Republican National Committee's communications director, Sean Spicer, issued a strongly worded press release saying that "there is no place in our party our our country" for remarks like Trump's.When asked if he is staying mum for political reasons, namely to pick up some of Trump's support should he drop out of the race, Cruz said he has used the same approach with his competitors before...." see full article

1305 days ago | theweek
Claire McCaskill slams Ted Cruz for 'following Trump around like a lost puppy' - The Week Magazine
"...Out of all of the Republican candidates, it's likely Cruz who is hurt the most by Trump's candidacy, Politico points out. While each presents himself as an "uncompromising, anti-establishment conservative" with "fiery rhetoric" and "media-grabbing protest," there's one big difference: Trump can do it better at least for now...." see full article

1305 days ago | realclearpolitics
Cruz on Trump: Others "Smack" Him; I Back Him

"...The tack is not without strategic merit. In a slew of recent national polls, including one released this week by USA Today, Trump leads the Republican presidential primary field. In the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Trump is neck and neck with Jeb Bush, and in New Hampshire he ranks second.Cruz, however, remains stuck in the middle of the pack, and he is targeting many of the same conservative voters who might be drawn to Trump's no-holds-barred rhetoric.Still, the opportunity to snatch Trump's supporters isn't yet tempting all Republican candidates in the conservative vein. Halfway across the Hawkeye State from Cruz on Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker held his first campaign event in Iowa as a presidential candidate. He steered clear of Trump, even as some supporters as his event buzzed with praise for Trump, and even when reporters asked Walker directly about him...." see full article

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1307 days ago | politico
Insiders: Ted Cruz hurt most by Trump candidacy - Politico

"...Yet it's Cruz, the Texas senator, who is seen by insiders as particularly damaged by Trump's ascendancy because the real estate mogul has emerged as a candidate who is equally steadfast on hot-button issues like immigration and he can deliver the message with more heated rhetoric. That gives him an advantage with the hardest-right pockets of the GOP base, insiders said, who might otherwise naturally align with Cruz.Several Caucus participants expected that Trump will push the immigration debate further to the right for those candidates who rely on the support of the staunchest conservative activists. Watch for other candidates to step up their rhetoric or continue to be crushed by Trump in the polls, predicted one Iowa Republican...." see full article

1308 days ago | wmur
Potential rivals Cruz, Trump play nice | Politics - WMUR Home - WMUR Manchester
"...And in that time, what would have been a low-key meeting took on new importance. Trump surged to first place in the GOP primary polls, and Cruz's warm words toward Trump separated him from a crowd of candidates denouncing the real estate mogul over his controversial remarks about undocumented immigrants.From the outside, Wednesday's meeting made it look like a calculating Cruz was actually betting against Trump -- cozying up to him in hopes of earning an endorsement if Trump's campaign ultimately collapses...." see full article

1309 days ago | kmbz
Why Ted Cruz Is Standing Up For Donald Trump - KMBZ - KMBZ
"...Call it the bond of being an outsider. The two men have openly lamented the way Washington works. Lord suspects they'd rather stick together against what he calls the more "insider" Republican Party candidates."What they share is an exceedingly dim view of the Republican establishment," he said, "and that kind of bond can go a long way particularly in a situation like this."Michael Barnett, the chair of the Palm Beach County Republicans, recalled a similar scene between Cruz and Trump at the group's annual Lincoln Day dinner in February 2014, held at Trump's Mar-A-Lago club.When Barnett, who was seated near Cruz, got up, Trump swooped in...." see full article

1310 days ago | abcnews.go
Why Ted Cruz Is Standing Up For Donald Trump

"...The Trump-Cruz confab, first reported by the Washington Post, is a fresh example of the close bond between the two men even as they remain rivals in the Republican nominating contest.Cruz has repeatedly defended Trump ever since he announced his presidential candidacy and compared Mexican immigrants to "rapists.""I am proud to stand with Donald Trump. I like him and respect him," Cruz said in a recent interview on the Fox Business network.And in a recent interview with Fox & Friends, Trump returned the favor, praising Cruz for being "very brave" to support him. He also has tweeted his thanks to the Texas senator when Cruz has defended him...." see full article

1310 days ago | slate
What a Trump-Cruz Alliance Could Mean for the GOP Race

"...The budding professional friendship could have a real impact in the GOP race in both the short- and long-term. Cruz and Trump could work in concert next month at the first primary debate to target establishment favorites like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both of whom supported a path to citizenship in the past over immigration reform. The pair would make for an interesting one-two punch: Trump's brash showmanship has helped him become a billionaire, while Cruz will be one of the strongest debaters on the Fox News stage in Cleveland. Bush and Rubio can still play the grown-up card, but tangling with Trump will be a higher-stakes game if Cruz is waiting in the wings with a more eloquent comeback than Trump is likely to offer.Trump undoubtedly loves the idea that Cruz is willing to visit his Manhattan throne to kiss his ring. But in the longer term, an informal alliance could pay the bigger dividends for Cruz. The Donald has topped two national GOP polls in the past two weeks, but his momentum is unsustainable given how unpopular he is with Republican primary voters as a whole. Once the spotlight eventually moves on to more legitimate candidates, it's difficult to imagine Trump soldiering on deep into the nominating contest. When Trump finally drops out, his supporters will need to find a new anti-immigrant horse to ride, and Cruz would be the obvious choice even if Trump doesn't offer an official endorsement...." see full article

1310 days ago | washingtonexaminer
Is a partnership emerging between Trump and Cruz?
"...However, some GOP strategists disagree. They argue that Trump has all but replaced Cruz as the anti-establishment candidate.Republican strategist and president of QGA Public Affairs John Feehery says Trump is "killing Cruz's thunder."He and other Republican insiders believe Trump has effectively stolen the senator's populist rhetoric and repeated it in a less sophisticated but more appealing manner."He is saying the exact same things as Cruz except he says them with more flair and more credibility as a non-politician," Feehery told the Washington Examiner...." see full article

1310 days ago | washingtonexaminer
Is a partnership emerging between Trump and Cruz? - Washington Examiner
"...Despite The Donald's unparalleled personality and strong performance in the polls, O'Connell says Cruz could still benefit in the long run and that the meeting could be Cruz's attempt to cozy up to the billionaire business mogul in case Trump doesn't go much further in the race."Trump's rise could be beneficial to Cruz because the question is: How long is Trump going to last as a candidate?" O'Connell said...." see full article

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