WRITTEN BY: GEORGE LUJACK
Ted Cruz recently criticized Donald Trump for having “New York values,” and in doing so he delivered himself a self-inflicted wound that his campaign will not be able to recover from. With those comments, insulting as they were to all New Yorker’s everywhere – who share or do not share the New York values that Ted Cruz was speaking of, Cruz has alienated himself as someone who, as president or vice president, would not be a representative leader for all the people, but only for the people who share his values.
When asked the question at the GOP Fox Business News debate on January 14, 2016, about his comments on “New York values,” Cruz did his best to backtrack and explain those values as being socially liberal, pro abortion, pro gay marriage, etc. The problem with Cruz’s explanation is that in declaring Trump has “New York values,” he insulted every man and woman in America that either lives in New York, or was once from New York, as sharing those liberal New York values, simply because they happened to be born in New York or because they once lived and worked in New York for a period of time in their life.
Ted Cruz now has a better chance of becoming Prime Minister of Canada, than he does for becoming President or Vice President of the United States. Trump brought up Cruz’s eligibility issue, as Cruz was born in Canada and was not naturally born in the United States, as a legitimate concern and that Cruz should have gotten this issue resolved and certified by a court before running for president and having this potential looming issue clouding his candidacy or that of another’s campaign if he were chosen to be their vice president running mate on the republican ticket.
In the wake of Cruz’s “New York values” comments and his Canadian birther issue, there is simply no way that Donald Trump will choose Ted Cruz to be his VP running mate, should Trump go on and become the GOP nominee for president.
Who will Trump choose to be his vice presidential running mate? Of all the candidates running for president, a pragmatic Trump might choose Marco Rubio. This would solidify and unite the GOP ticket, appeasing establishment republicans who would be represented by Rubio. Trump is a bold person however, and most often is not a pragmatist. That being the case, Trump may very well choose someone who is an accomplished individual, but not necessarily as well known politically; someone that shares his American values.
As they say in the French quarters of Canada, “Au revoir, Ted Cruz.”