Values Voters Stand With Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Senator Ted Cruz won the Values Voter straw poll — for the third year in a row. Cruz won 35 percent, while Dr. Ben Carson finished second with 18 percent, followed by Gov. Mike Huckabee at 14 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. No other candidates received double-digit support. Current GOP front-runner Donald Trump finished fifth at 5 percent.

What about establishment favorite Jeb Bush? He got seven percent. Whoops! No, not seven percent — seven votes! Bush finished in 12th place — just barely ahead of Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders, who got five votes.

Many of you may be wondering who those folks were who backed Bernie Sanders. I don’t think they were values voters. We know leftists come to the event to monitor what is said and to stir up trouble. As long as they are paid registrants, they can vote in the straw poll.

And Sanders was the clear favorite among the left-wing contingent that voted in the poll. Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Jim Webb got one vote each.

Bush’s poor performance may have had something to do with the fact that he declined to speak at this year’s event. Not only did Jeb not go, his campaign evidently did not think it was worth sending supporters in order to make a good showing in the straw poll.

What that seemingly signals is that Bush doesn’t care about how he is doing among the most significant gathering of social conservatives in Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

Trump Declines Invite to Values Voter Summit

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Republican front runner Donald Trump has just announced that he won’t be attending the annual Values Voter Summit, causing Family Research Council president Tony Perkins to speculate that he just doesn’t want to talk to Evangelicals:

“We have got the Values Voters Summit coming up and Donald Trump has passed. He is not going to come,” Perkins said. “I think that is going to send a message to Evangelicals and values voters that he wants their support, but he is not really interested in having a conversation with them.”

Perkins went on to say that this was a bad time for Trump to avoid Evangelical voters, who are starting to tune in to the nomination process:

“I think that is probably about the time, in about three or four weeks, people are going to start thinking more seriously about this as we move forward into the year,” Perkins continued. “[Trump’s absence], whether it was intended to or not, it will send a message.”

When commenting on which candidates were in the best position to make their case to Evangelicals, Perkins had a surprising pick:

“I think Ted Cruz, among those who have held office, is doing better because he has shown that he is not the typical politician,” Perkins added. “His goal is to be a statesman and he is often times fighting against his own party.”

Sen. Cruz will be addressing the Values Voter Summit, along with every other GOP candidate except Trump, former New York Gov. Continue Reading