Ted Cruz is Setting Up For Super Tuesday

KUT’s ace political reporter gives the Standard the lowdown on the GOP field leading up to Super Tuesday.

By Rhonda FanningFebruary 18, 2016 3:03 pm,

“The sound you’re hearing is the sound of screams from Washington, DC” – Sen. Ted Cruz laid the drama on thick when he informed a crowd in South Carolina that, in at least one national poll, he is leading the GOP field.

An NBC/Wall St. Journal poll released this week shows Cruz overtaking Donald Trump and holding a 2 percentage point lead. How does that and his performance at last night’s CNN town hall position him going into South Carolina?

KUT Austin’s senior editor and ace political reporter Ben Philpott says Cruz didn’t do anything to hurt himself, so he’s in a situation where no loss could be construed as a gain.

“It was a very practiced and polished response to everything,” he says. “Ted Cruz, being a champion debater, he knows better than to repeat the same line multiple times, even if, yes, most of his speeches is memorized and rote.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Why Cruz doesn’t want to have a hearing on a potential Obama nominee

– How Cruz’s ground game in New Hampshire helped him draw significant numbers of voters to the polls

– What could happen on Super Tuesday, including in the Texas primary