Yesterday, Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced he was running for the presidency, giving a speech that has already been fact-checked and unsurprisingly found to be lacking in truth.
Our favorite presidential election results predictor, FiveThirtyEight.com, says that “Cruz almost certainly has no shot at winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries”. He isn’t even very popular among Republicans. And if he gets past that hurdle, in matchups against Hillary Clinton, “Cruz has done the worst of any of the possible 2016 Republican nominees.”
Nevertheless, some people are comparing him to Barack Obama:
I’m obviously not the first person to compare these two ambitious, young, Ivy-educated freshmen senators who spent roughly 15 minutes in the U.S. Senate before deciding to run for president.
And like Obama, Cruz has already attracted his own birthers. Yesterday, Donald Trump told Fox News that he doubts that Cruz can legally run for president because he was born in Canada.
Unlike Obama, there is no doubt that Cruz was not born in the US, and he didn’t even give up his Canadian citizenship until last year, but he claims that he is eligible to be president because his mother was American (his father was Cuban). The constitution requires that the president be a “natural born citizen” but never defines what that means. Personally, I wouldn’t care if Cruz was born in Kenya. I’m more concerned about his allegiance to Goldman Sachs.
UPDATE: At least Cruz got some satirical support from The Onion:
Announcing his 2016 presidential bid before thousands of students at Liberty University, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) boldly declared Monday that the nation had done absolutely nothing to deserve a better candidate than himself. “I want you to take a good, hard look at me, America, because this is exactly what you’ve got coming,” said Cruz, adding that the country was kidding itself if it thought it was worthy of higher-quality leadership than exactly what he was prepared to offer. “Deep down, you know you’ve got no business supporting anyone else. I’m all you’re entitled to, so just give me your vote and watch what happens. You earned it.” Cruz went on to say that, in some ways, he might actually be a better candidate than the nation deserved.
The Onion fails to mention that attendance by Liberty University students was mandatory.
UPDATE 2: Cruz announces that he is going on Obamacare. Yes that’s right, the man who shut down the US government in a vain attempt to kill Obamacare. Previously, he got his health insurance through his wife, who works for Goldman Sachs, but she is going on leave for the duration of his campaign.