ELDER PATRIOT – Ted Cruz’s mid-campaign policy shifts are becoming reminiscent of John Kerry who actually tried to defend his vote against a funding bill with these infamous words, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
Now that the GOP campaign is focused on Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary, a state that was particularly hard hit by previous lop-sided trade deals, Mr. Cruz is running away from his support of the latest round of international trade agreements that the Obama administration negotiated and for which he voted. Instead, he has now adopted Donald Trump’s “Fair Trade” position as his own.
Mr. Cruz’s history suggests he’s now saying whatever he thinks will help get him the most votes in Wisconsin. Mr. Cruz is running away from his support of the North American Union, a policy position that he had previously stridently supported and that his wife was the architect of. Perhaps that is the reason she’s suddenly disappeared from his campaign stops after having campaigned alongside him for so long.
Adding to Mr. Cruz’s new found hypocrisy on trade was his role in casting the deciding vote in favor of one of the one-sided trade deal that he now says he’s against.
Mr. Cruz’s active participation in the passage of TPA and TPP wasn’t accidental as this recounting of his involvement documents here.
Mr. Cruz not only voted for that bill, he took a leadership position alongside Paul Ryan to help pass it when they collaborated on a joint op-ed that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
That’s not exactly the type of decisive leadership we need from our next president. It suggests that Mr. Cruz is pandering to the Wisconsin workers, who have suffered lost jobs and declining wages, in an effort to blur the differences between himself and Donald Trump.
So Mr. Cruz has taken to hijacking Donald Trump’s “Fair Trade” platform. But, only after Mr. Trump had absorbed all of the blows in defense of this policy and its popularity has proven to have lasting resonance with the people of Wisconsin. Mr. Cruz’s fecklessness and lack of courage in defense of his own record does nothing to recommend supporting him.
America, more than ever, needs a resolute leader who says what he means and means what he says and not someone who’ll change direction on a dime to win a few votes. Ted Cruz’s past alignment with the globalist trade movement cannot be dismissed. This is the last thing America can tolerate.