Ted Cruz Finds An Ally In Rush Limbaugh

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Sen. Ted Cruz.Sen. Ted Cruz.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has found a new ally -- Rush Limbaugh.

Cruz sometimes fades into the background of a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates and, according to an Oct. 6 poll from Public Policy Polling, holds 7 percent of support nationally behind four other candidates.

Despite the uphill climb ahead for the Texas senator’s campaign, he’s found an ally in conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh. During a recent broadcast, Limbaugh called Cruz a “dark horse” who could be poised to surge ahead.

“We still have someone in our roster that opposes every bit of the Democrat agenda, perhaps more than anybody else in the race and that’s Cruz,” Limbaugh said on Oct. 26. “I mean Cruz does not have in his record any statement like Trump does of having supported certain things the Democrats have done. Cruz is inarguably thoroughbred conservative.”

Cruz is a tea party favorite and has a long history of not compromising on his platform. Most recently, Cruz opposed a spending bill that would, among other things, repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act because it didn’t completely scrap the health care plan, The Hill reported.

Limbaugh said he believes it’s Cruz’s hard-line politics that might save his campaign and that he shouldn’t be discounted yet.

“It's politics,” Limbaugh said. “Any number of unforeseen, unpredictable events are potentially out there, and there has been somebody trucking along here, steady Eddie that has continued to be who he is and continues to lay down foundational markers for himself, and that's Ted Cruz.” 

Sources: Public Policy Polling, The Hill, Rush Limbaugh / Photo credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr