Palin jumps on Cruz bandwagon in Texas
May 10th, 2012
05:56 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin jumps on Cruz bandwagon in Texas

(CNN) – Sarah Palin threw her voice into the Texas Republican Senate race on Thursday, endorsing tea party favorite Ted Cruz less than three weeks before the state's primary.

"We're proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State," Palin wrote in a letter to Cruz, which was released by his campaign.

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A former solicitor general, Cruz has been locked in a high-profile battle against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and ESPN broadcaster Craig James are also contenders in the race.

While Dewhurst has high name recognition as the longtime No. 2 to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Cruz has shaped his campaign as being the conservative alternative to Dewhurst.

In Palin's endorsement, she highlighted what she called Cruz's "conservative principles" and "passionate defense" of the Constitution.

"Our shared goal isn't just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us," she said.

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul also threw his support behind Cruz on Thursday, adding one more voice to a growing list of high profile endorsements for the candidate.

National conservative groups, including super PACS for FreedomWorks and Club for Growth, are also throwing money into the race. Both groups played a big role in the Indiana Senate primary battle, in which state treasurer Richard Mourdock ousted six-term Sen. Dick Lugar earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Club for Growth's super PAC announced a $1 million ad buy attacking Dewhurst.

Meanwhile, Dewhurst's team points to endorsements from former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, as well as Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan.

The lieutenant governor also has the backing of Texas Right To Life PAC and several oil and agricultural groups.

Dewhurst also has a strong fundraising advantage over Cruz, with nearly $12 million raised this cycle compared to Cruz at $5.6 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin • Texas
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    But when did she realize there wasn't really a wagon?

    May 10, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. justaminit

    What a publicity seeker. Probably isn't making that much money lately.

    May 10, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. gg

    for a minute there i thought it was a new , add for a new movie -lost in space

    May 10, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Drew

    If I was Cruz I think I'd throw Palin off the bandwagon.

    May 10, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. Celeste

    Sick of her! GO AWAY!

    May 10, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. She will easily take the nomination away from Mittens and defeat Obama in the election. Every one of Palin's endorsements will win and we will become the Palination.

    May 10, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas


    Don't mess with Texas!

    May 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Dave in Canada

    She'll do anything to climb back into the limelight. Pitiful.

    May 10, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. amf140

    GO SARAH. You make sure that we get the "right" Conservatives elected. With your help, we can take the Senate back. It's going to take all three branches of government to undo what this administration has done in only one term. In January, the new leadership has to root out all the Progressive, radical appointees that BHO made and burn the regulations that Cass Sunsteen and his minions put in place. If Bush had done only a few of these things, he would have been impeached. The nation wants Holder and whoever else was involved to be held accountable for Fast and Furious.

    May 10, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. king

    The economy posted the first monthly surplus since 2008, after a devistating financial crash. I hope this will be the first of many surplussed. Owe here cone the tea bagging crew who wants to cut consumer spending and give it the rich, in hope that jobs trickle down to us before China and India gets their share

    May 10, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. bassman

    Via ABC News: "Call it the Sarah Palin bounce: Hours after the 2008 vice presidential nominee endorsed Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate for U.S. senator from Texas, on Thursday morning, the staff at Cruz’s headquarters in Austin reported a swift and positive reaction."

    May 10, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Jim, San Antonio

    The crazies are at it again! Remember how the tea party GOP candidates turned easy wins into losses last election cycle. Hopefully it'll happen again.

    May 10, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Neither one of them is worth the dynamite it would take to blow a piss-ant's nose.

    May 10, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. The REAL TRUTH... (not the Imposter)

    Jeez, I wonder how much he had to pay her to show up ???

    May 10, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. scott

    Like her endorsement really matters.

    May 10, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. DENNA

    Big deal. If Satan himself ran as a Tea Party member, she would endorse him. Yawn. Not impressed.

    May 10, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Now there's an endorsement that's worth something!!!! After all paper and stamps cost money!!


    May 10, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Squigman

    Sick of seeing, hearing and caring what this moron has to say, think or do with the nations political stage. Enough already.

    May 10, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Larry L

    Texas is too far gone for a reasonable person to do well in politics. We're going to need a decade to recover from the influence of Evangelicals, rich oil men, and mindless Tea Party bigots. When the closet-queen Rick Perry is gone and compassion and common sense returns, we'll rebuild our state.

    May 10, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why should we listen to this woman? Is this really a good reason to elect someone?

    May 10, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Core republican Values

    Sarah who?

    May 10, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Emerson

    "In Palin's endorsement, she highlighted what she called Cruz's "conservative principles" and "passionate defense" of the Constitution."

    I would love to hear this woman try to explain what is in the Constitution.

    May 10, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Mark

    Don't know enough about either, but Dewhurst has a pretty strong ad against Cruz about how he works as a lawyer representing Chinese companies against US companies. Given the two evils here, probably going Dewhurst.

    May 10, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Does anyone of at least average intelligence pay any attention to what this woman says. She couldn't even make it through a full term as governor and now current day republicans regard her as a political guru. I guess it just shows how wacky these current day neo-cons are.

    May 11, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  25. Desmond, a Canadian

    Is Bristol trying to emulate her mother in churning out half-baked thoughts and half-truths. For example, by trying to make it appear that Malia and Sasha were the only shapers of their Father's thinking regarding gays.

    May 11, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
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