Is there any candidate in the 2016 presidential election immune from scandal? According to today’s news sex appears to be the hot issue on the campaign trail.
Bernie Sanders, the socialist who once pushed the idea of making freeway ramps wider to make hitchhiking easier, now has to answer for a 1972 essay he wrote entitled “Man—and Woman.” He wrote that a typical sexual fantasy for women is to be violently gang-raped on a Saturday and going to church Sunday.
Republican Ted Cruz has been the focus in the press for unsubstantiated allegations regarding his fidelity. The first Latino elected to the Senate from Texas and the first law clerk to serve for a Supreme Court justice appears to be winning against the surge of Mainstream Media broadcasts about a National Enquirer report charging Cruz with extramarital affairs. CNN political commentator Amanda Carpenter, affirmed there was no truth that she had an inappropriate relationship with Cruz while working on his campaign.
“I have a purely professional relationship with Sen. Cruz,” Carpenter established. “And I want to go further than that: I am 100% faithful to my husband. There is nothing more important to me than being a good wife and a good mother, and it’s been very hard the last few days to have my character called into question and watch this blow back on them,”
Democrat front runner Hillary Clinton is walking a political tightrope between criminal investigations by the FBI regarding illegal use of vulnerable email servers, foul play involving the Clinton Foundation, American deaths during the Benghazi attack, and past sexual news. Her husband Bill’s former lover, Sally Miller now charges he told her about Hillary’s affairs with other women.
Donald Trump’s sexual prowess is no public secret. Married three times, to Ivana Zelníčková, Marla Maples, and now to Melania Knauss, Trump’s most famous trysts included Penthouse and Playboy models and an affair with Maples during his first marriage.
A credible list of politicians with sexually unprincipled pasts include presidents Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding and Franklin Roosevelt. Other politicians include John Edwards, Henry Cisneros, Gary Hart, Dennis Hastert, and Senators George McGovern, David Vitter, Larry Craig, David Vitter, and John Ensign.
In recent years Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer were involved in sexual scandals as well as noted politicians such as Anthony Weiner, Gary Condit, Mark Foley, Joseph Morrissey, Todd Courser, Edward Shrock, Bob Allen, Todd Courser, and Phillip Hinkle.
Cruz is often compared to President Ronald Reagan, with some prominent similarities. During the 1980 election, Reagan was despised by many in the Republican leadership because he would not go along with their politics and agenda. When he challenged Gerald Ford, the sitting president in 1976, he made adversaries within the party. Reagan went on to win in 1980 and is considered one of the most respected presidents in history.
Like Reagan, Cruz said from the beginning his purpose in Washington was not to make friends. Instead he has gained recognition for standing out and doing what most Senators will not dare try. His record is one of fighting for conservative and independent voter causes even when they aren’t widely held by established politicians. Many conservatives considered Cruz brave for taking on Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by revealing his “flat out lie” last year. Some politicians, loyal to the establishment, were quick to call Cruz out.
Cruz has risen as a leading voice on issues ranging from halting Obamacare funding, expanding U.S. energy production, opposing amnesty and fighting against common core initiatives in education. He has been especially strong in supporting Israel, stopping Iranian terrorists from attaining visas, and battling out of control government spending.
Perhaps his most important role has been in defending the U.S. Constitution. Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas and won five cases before the Supreme Court.
“He has utilized his deep knowledge of the Constitution to battle government intrusion,” the Conservative Review noted. “Cruz has fought against the use of drones to kill Americans within U.S. borders and against the NSA’s data collection program. He has also authored legislation protecting against voter fraud and eliminating restrictions on free speech.”
“His record is all the more impressive as a counterpoint to President Obama’s lack of leadership,” the Conservative Review states. “Cruz has been a leader in calling for forceful sanctions against countries like Iran and Russia and has battled in favor of U.S. military force against terrorist groups like ISIS and Hamas.”
Recently, Ted Cruz has earned some strong endorsements and respect from colleagues and in the media. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Cruz “might be the smartest man in Congress.”
Cruz “may be our Ronald Reagan, because that guy does not take prisoners,” Glenn Beck observed. “That guy is a thousand times smarter than 99 percent of the politicians I have ever met.”
Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council described Cruz as the “de facto leader of the Republican Party.”
“He is what people are looking for,” said Perkins. “Somebody who will stand up and say, ‘This is what I stand for, this is what I believe.’”
RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson emphasized that Cruz “has chosen to stand alone, again and again, against the establishment.”
“From helping lead the charge to filibuster what the establishment said was inevitable gun control, to standing toe-to-toe with the administration in a fight to defund Obamacare, to challenging his own party bosses by demanding a 60-vote threshold to increase the debt ceiling without any spending reforms, Cruz takes bullets from his own party for daring to challenge the system,” Erickson stated.
“Republicans will have their differences on tactics,” said Sean Hannity on his radio broadcast. “It is deeply unwise … to elevate those differences to the point of turning this into a civil war. And to think — Ted Cruz reminds me a little bit of Reagan in this sense.”
“Every Republican loves Reagan, but he wasn’t loved at the time,” Hannity added. “He was called extreme by fellow Republicans. You know, we can have spirited arguments here, but this attack is awful.”