bring a new news cycle and people would forget it. When I saw that
in the first wave exit polls over 50 percent still blamed Bush, I had
two reactions: we’ve either lost the country, or this is BS. If they’re still
blaming Bush, my instinct was to first blame the Bush people. They’re
the ones who never fought back on that and, of course, Romney didn’t
either. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is.
CRUZ: Look, I agree. Think about the highlight of this
Presidential race, from the Republican perspective. Just about
anyone you ask says the highlight was the first debate between
Romney and Obama. It was the one time we actually engaged in a
substantive contrast of ideas, and we saw Romney surge in the polls.
Unfortunately, the reaction when that happened was to back away
from doing any more of that. By the time we got
to the third debate, there was no contrast whatsoever. It’s this pernicious voice that occurs over and
over again in Republican Presidential campaigns.
There are always these career advisors who are
afraid of any conflict. They don’t want to make it
about ideas. They don’t want to rock the boat. It is
always, always, always bad advice.
RUSH: Exactly right. I think it was because
people assumed the economy spoke for itself. And
it doesn’t. Now, I want to take you back to
Republican Convention. There’s a major argument
in the Party now over the necessity, it is said, to
reach out to the Hispanic community. Republican
consultants, some elected Republicans, and most of
our commentators are saying we’ve just got to stop
opposition to illegal immigration. We’ve got to get
fully onboard the “pathway
to citizenship.” We’ve got to
show the Hispanic community we don’t hate them. I want to take you back to our convention.
CRUZ: I did.
RUSH: Here’s the way I see it, and I need you to tell me where I’m
wrong or to help me understand. I think we have plenty of outreach
to the Hispanic community. We had you, we had Marco Rubio, we
had Susana Martinez. We had Mia Love, we had Condoleezza Rice,
we had Nikki Haley. Senator, we had some of the most accomplished,
achieved minorities in this country at our convention, and they all
have a common story, and that common story is the story of America.
RUSH: They all had an up-from-nothing story, and they became
great. They worked hard. The families made sacrifices. They reached
the pinnacle of their profession. Some of them are still climbing. Why
doesn’t that count? Why does that not make an impression on immigrants and Hispanics in the country? Is it because Heather McDonald
is right, that 75 percent are voting for the welfare state?
CRUZ: I don’t think it is. Let me answer that two ways. One, it’s
really striking to compare the two conventions. At the Republican
Convention there were four statewide elected officials or candidates
who were Hispanic: myself, Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, and
Brian Sandoval. At the Democratic Convention there was zero. In
fact, they had to bring out members of Congress or mayors, because
there’s a real problem in the Democratic Party with Hispanics being
able to be elected statewide — and for that matter, with African
Americans being elected statewide. Because the Democratic Party
traffics in identity politics. They pigeonhole candidates. It has proven
incredibly difficult ground for them to find minority candidates who
can be elected statewide anywhere in the country. The second piece of
it, if you look at polling in the Hispanic community, the No. 1 issue
in the Hispanic community this time around was the No. 1 issue with
voters generally: jobs and the economy. But we did a terrible job of
making the argument in the Hispanic community. Hispanic unem-
ployment rose faster than employment did generally under Barack
Obama. It climbed over ten percent.
“We’re hearing that echo chamber say the only
answer is for Republicans to embrace amnesty.
I don’t think that’s right.” — TED CRUZ