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Who Will Lead The GOP, Cruz or Rubio?


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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

 Cruz has even garnered several nicknames such as “Senator No” “Cruz Missile” and the GOP’s “Nasty Newcomer,” all of  which he should consider badges of honor given that these nicknames originate from detractors who are focused on  disparaging his name rather than engaging his principled conservative message.

 Some conservatives and tea party-types within the Republican party are painting Cruz as the “anti-Rubio,”  as some feel that Rubio is trying position himself as more of a “maverick” on certain issues like immigration reform and has been seen cozying up to moderate-establishment Republicans such as Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain in advance of a potential 2016 presidential run.

 As increasing numbers of people who’ve become familiar with both Cruz and Rubio know that they are both of Cuban descent, the truth of the matter is that while the two share some very conservative core beliefs, the two men are also different in their approach both stylistically and tactically.

For example, Cruz speaks from the gut, whereas Rubio is more measured and very careful with his words, as Rubio now exists in a petri dish that receives intense scrutiny on a daily basis.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Towards the beginning of his first term the Senate, Rubio stated that he would not be joining the Senate Tea Party Caucus,  disappointing many conservatives who saw that it was the Tea Party movement that was largely responsible for helping Rubio’s victory.  On the other hand, Cruz has not embraced the Tea Party at every opportunity support away as Rubio has appeared to have (just a reminder that Rubio’s explanation for not joining the Tea Party Caucus was legit), and conservatives have been thrilled with Cruz’ performance since he was sworn into office in January.(Senator Rubio questions need for the Senate Tea Party Caucus -Video)

Rubio’s tip-toeing around certain issues and recent political posturing with Republican moderates and Democrats have left many wondering if he will remain on the proverbial “straight and narrow” and continue to espouse conservative principles- will it be Cruz or Rubio who takes the conservative mantle and runs with it to the head of the party?

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Heather

    I think Rubio has done a great job bringing people together. A much better job than anyone since Reagan. Rubio is still focused on American exceptionalism. We need more people like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

    • Ellene

      I like Rubio. I love Senator Cruz. The moniker “Senator No” brings back fond memories of the great Senator Jesse Helms. The liberal rag in Raleigh, NC dubbed him that. We need to thank Ted Cruz for standing up. Call his office and encourage him @ (202) 224-5922.

  • Perseids

    It will be Rubio because he will do as instructed being a tool of the limp impotent ruling class republicans. In that group still reside the Bush clan and the self-proclaimed political genius Rove. Jeb is very pleased with his boy no doubt.
    It is still all about the fight to control the direction of “the party”. The price they may have to pay for that control could render them with control of nothing. A poll of how many life long registered r voters who are ready at a moments notice to walk would be very interesting. Maybe the turd blossom can tell us?

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  • Mike Calsetta

    I was “Another Democrat For Rubio” in 2010, but you’re right, he’s not what we need in a P.O.T.U.S.Besides, Rubio was born BEFORE his parents became citizens of the United States, and under the U.S. Constitution does not qualify for President, OR V.P. We already have an “Unqualified” President, and if those “Feckless” Republicans had challenged him as a candidate (in the first place), we wouldn’t be in this mess…

  • Joed McKean

    Senator Rubio isn’t going to become a liberal. He already is!