Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates

by DAVID M. DRUCKER  |  published on April 12, 2016

Ted Cruz’s and Marco Rubio’s supporters have teamed up in Arkansas to pack the state delegation with individuals who’ll turn against Donald Trump in a contested convention.

Since Rubio ended his presidential bid March 15, his network of party insiders has lined up behind Cruz to win delegates who’d vote for the Texas senator once they’re no longer bound to Trump in a floor fight. Trump won Arkansas’ GOP primary March 1 with 32.8 percent of the vote compared to Cruz’s 30.5 percent and Rubio’s 24.9 percent. But Cruz’s canny operatives, with Rubio riding shotgun, is likely to thwart Trump in the delegate election.

Trump’s organization is as sloppy in Arkansas as elsewhere, just as Cruz’s is an efficient machine in state after state. This could ding the Donald, costing him as many as 25 delegates after a first inconclusive ballot. Cruz, who finished with 15 out of the available 40 delegates in primary voting, stands to gain all 16 Trump delegates and the 9 won by Rubio.

Bart Hester, a top Rubio organizer in Arkansas, said he’s filling Rubio’s delegate slate with individuals committed to opposing Trump in Cleveland. “I would certainly hope it would be someone who has a leaning toward Cruz rather than Trump,” Hester, a state senator, told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

  • snowyriver

    Rubio and Cruz, not being natural born citizens of the United States should never have been allowed to run for the office of president.

  • Seedman

    Donald is a nearly seventy year old man whose mental acuity is seriously waning. Mona Charen writes of example after example of why Trump is unfit for the party nomination. The honorable, competent, constitutional minded Senator Ted Cruz is right in surmising that Donald is incapable of properly running a lemonade stand.

  • HENRI

    HEY TED AND LITTLE MARCO I AM A LATINO ALSO BUT YOU TWO TAKE THE CAKE YOU ARE MADE FROM THE SAME MOLD TWO LOW LIVES YOU MAKE ME SICK MARCO IS DOING THIS BECAUSE HE LOST HIS HOME STATE OF FL AND HE REALLY HAS NOT LOOKED OUT FOR THE PEOPLE OF FL. HE DOS
    N’T SHOW UP TO VOTE FOR US IN FL BUT STILL GETS HIS CHECK

  • Gem Gram

    Amazing. Most of the Trump supporters have screamed about RINO’s for years. Now they become the most virulent RINO’s possible. You actually have Trumpsters saying they will vote for Hillary OR waste their vote by writing in Trump. Don’t these real un-Americans realize that they do not have to support the Republican Nominee if it is not Trump but they do need to vote AGAINST Hillary. And the only way to do that is to vote for the Republican nominee no matter who it is.

    The true RINO’s in the 2012 election of Obama were the fools who stayed home and did not vote against Obama because Romney was not conservative enough for them or was Mormon. Those are the people who decided the election by insuring a Muslin Socialist would be elected rather than an honorable man. So since they stubbed their right foot during the primaries they decided to spite it by shooting themselves in the Right foot by allowing Obama four more years to do his best to screw America.

    • Reverend1

      Screw Cruz and you….

      • Harvey Thomas Creech

        Why don’t get off the internet if all you have to say to those who have different viewpoints than you is “Screw you” You and other Trump supporters really drank the poisoned Kool-aid. That’s the last negative thing I’ll say about you. Hopefully you’ll get off this site soon, otherwise I won’t have to reply to your garbage(sorry that’s a 2nd negative comment but you and your friends really annoy me)

        • Reverend1

          Then get off the internet you Cruz /Rubio loving idiot. Cruz, go back to Texass. You and your Mrs. Ugly. Take Harvey Thomas Creep with you.
          Trump all the way.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            Way to go “Reverend1”. You have managed to demean four people, including me in one posting. Why has your love for Trump caused you to be so hateful to Ted and Heidi Cruz, Marco Rubio, and their supporters including me. Making fun of Heidi Cruz and me, i.e. Harvey Thomas “Creep”, is pretty low. I think you need to go to anger management classes and professional counseling to determine the cause(s)of your irrational hatred of those who oppose Trump. You, like your candidate, are out of control. We Americans don’t need a guy with all of the negative qualities like DT as POTUS and Commander-in-Chief.

  • ADRoberts

    Let’s see. Trump is a bully who has real difficulty motivating people to do anything but riot and attack supporters. And you think that this lack of organizational skills also coming from those who support him has anything to do with it.
    Now watch. He is actually pulling for Hillary, his friend to win. And if he fails to get the nomination, he will go independent and split the conservative vote. Thus giving the nation to Hitlery.

  • LWUSA

    I always heard never trust a Cuban!

  • Eddie

    The ignoramuses who claim Ted Cruz is not a natural-born American citizen need to take a course in constitutional law. If one or both of your parents are American citizen(s) when you were born, you are AUTOMATICALLY a natural-born American citizen. Period!!! What part of the United States Constitution don’t these ignoramuses understand? TED CRUZ will wallop con artist Donald Trump in California in the June primary and then go on to defeat the corrupt, callous, conniving, and contemptuous Hillary in November. TED CTUZ—2016. The ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVE running for President.

    • richbach

      Try this on for size.

      “‘At common law, with the nomenclature of
      which the framers of the constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that
      all children born in a country, of parents [plural] who were its citizens
      [plural], became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were
      natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or
      foreigners. Some authorities go further, and include as citizens children
      born within the jurisdiction, without reference to the citizenship of their
      parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the
      first. For the purposes of this case, it is not necessary to solve these
      doubts. It is sufficient, for everything we have now to consider, that
      all children, born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction, are
      themselves citizens.’ Minor v. Happersett (1874) 21 Wall. 162, 166-168.”

  • Reverend1

    If Trump is cheated out of the nomination, f*ck the two Cubans. I and many of my friends will cross over and vote Clinton. Screw the cheating Republican party forever. Cruz, Rubio, go to hell. Liars….

    • plum82

      Hey moron, vote Clinton & screw yourself BIG TIME, you idiot ~~~~~

      • Reverend1

        screw yourself dick lick Cuban Cruz lover…

    • kykate

      You can always judge the tenacity of a Trump supporter by the amount of profanity he or she uses.

      • Harvey Thomas Creech

        I think you just proved your point big time by plum82 and Reverend1(?)’s replies to you. We need a President who is civil and doesn’t rant and rave and bully and boast.

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      Wait a minute. You say you and many of your friends would cross over and vote for Hilary and live with the consequences of a Hilary presidency just to spite the Republican party. What kind of stupid logic and reasoning is that. Cruz should be able to defeat Hilary and he’s much more intelligent, qualified, and moral than the Trumpster.

  • sunshine4848

    The Idiot Donald Trump says that
    Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, cannot be president because he was
    not born on U.S. soil. Cruz was born in Canada — his mother was a U.S.
    citizen and his father was a Canadian who, at the time, held a U.S.
    green card. Trump’s stance is that if you weren’t born in the U.S.
    proper, you aren’t a “natural-born citizen” and you can’t be president.

    The implications of that idea are pretty sweeping for U.S. service
    members and their kids who are born overseas. U.S. military bases
    overseas are not considered U.S. soil for the purposes of citizenship, according to the State Department,
    and even if they were, not all military kids born OCONUS are born on
    base. If Trump is correct, no military kid born on or off a U.S. base in
    a foreign country could ever become president. That seems like a pretty
    unfair side affect of being born into a military family, doesn’t it?

    Fortunately, according to legal experts,
    this claim is just Trump hot air. “Natural-born citizen” is
    accepted by law to mean “born as a U.S. citizen,” regardless of place of
    birth.

    So start passing out the campaign buttons and cue the theme songs —
    military kids born overseas can absolutely become U.S. presidents or
    vice presidents.

    Under U.S. law, a child born overseas to at least one U.S. citizen
    who has spent at least five years of their life physically living in the
    U.S. (and at least two of those years being after they were
    14-years-old) is a U.S. citizen as long as her parents apply for (and
    receive) a consular report of birth abroad for that child.

    The end.

  • djm4706

    If the Republican’ts actually do this, I will write Trump in. I WON’T vote for the One World Government snake Cruz or any other do nothing Republican’t the idiots come up with.

    • Reasoned thinker

      djm4706 — I absolutely agree! ALL Trump supporters should, likewise, do the exact same thing (i.e., WRITE IN Trump’s name), so the Republican Party is able to clearly see (in total numbers) what damage (to the party . . . and the U.S.A.) its shortsightedness and deceptiveness has wrought!

    • Reverend1

      I agree with you 1000%.

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      What do you mean by the One World Government snake Cruz? I’d be more worried about HIl or Bernie joining the one world government crowd.

  • Lorene B

    Two ineligibles banning together to keep an eligible candidate out. Looks like they are trying to prove a point.

    • sunshine4848

      Try to stop being a trump idiot !!
      Controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump says that
      Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, cannot be president because he was
      not born on U.S. soil. Cruz was born in Canada — his mother was a U.S.
      citizen and his father was a Canadian who, at the time, held a U.S.
      green card. Trump’s stance is that if you weren’t born in the U.S.
      proper, you aren’t a “natural-born citizen” and you can’t be president.

      The implications of that idea are pretty sweeping for U.S. service
      members and their kids who are born overseas. U.S. military bases
      overseas are not considered U.S. soil for the purposes of citizenship, according to the State Department,
      and even if they were, not all military kids born OCONUS are born on
      base. If Trump is correct, no military kid born on or off a U.S. base in
      a foreign country could ever become president. That seems like a pretty
      unfair side affect of being born into a military family, doesn’t it?

      Fortunately, according to legal experts,
      this claim is just Trump hot air. “Natural-born citizen” is
      accepted by law to mean “born as a U.S. citizen,” regardless of place of
      birth.

      So start passing out the campaign buttons and cue the theme songs —
      military kids born overseas can absolutely become U.S. presidents or
      vice presidents.

      Under U.S. law, a child born overseas to at least one U.S. citizen
      who has spent at least five years of their life physically living in the
      U.S. (and at least two of those years being after they were
      14-years-old) is a U.S. citizen as long as her parents apply for (and
      receive) a consular report of birth abroad for that child.

      The end.

      • Lorene B

        My son-in-law was born in 1961 to two US citizens, the father was in the Army stationed in Germany, He is not eligible to be president. He is a citizen, but not “natural born”.

  • LJL

    For everyone of you staying home you’re handing your vote to Hillary. Regardless of who gets the nomination you must vote to keep her out of the WH. For those of you crying “it’s not fair” go read the rules. There’s nothing nefarious going on. I would suggest instead of using every article you read as your education in this process that you go get involved instead. There’s a lot more going on than you will ever read about here.

  • bg9g1

    #RNConSuicideWatch

    they are out & out REPLACING
    TRUMP DELEGATES with their own..

    cheating and stealing by any corrupt politicians
    ever changing rules is still cheating and stealing..

  • Bobtrhn

    Now we have two Cubans trying to stop Trump. One for sure is not able to run legally and the other is questionable. How did we get here. Rubio would lose as dog catcher in his state and Cruz is a big liar and will do and say anything. He belongs to the Free Mason. Believe it or not but anyone can check this out. He’s a luciferian. So is his dad.

    • sunshine4848

      please try to stop being a trump idiot !

      Controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump says that
      Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, cannot be president because he was
      not born on U.S. soil. Cruz was born in Canada — his mother was a U.S.
      citizen and his father was a Canadian who, at the time, held a U.S.
      green card. Trump’s stance is that if you weren’t born in the U.S.
      proper, you aren’t a “natural-born citizen” and you can’t be president.

      The implications of that idea are pretty sweeping for U.S. service
      members and their kids who are born overseas. U.S. military bases
      overseas are not considered U.S. soil for the purposes of citizenship, according to the State Department,
      and even if they were, not all military kids born OCONUS are born on
      base. If Trump is correct, no military kid born on or off a U.S. base in
      a foreign country could ever become president. That seems like a pretty
      unfair side affect of being born into a military family, doesn’t it?

      Fortunately, according to legal experts,
      this claim is just Trump hot air. “Natural-born citizen” is
      accepted by law to mean “born as a U.S. citizen,” regardless of place of
      birth.

      So start passing out the campaign buttons and cue the theme songs —
      military kids born overseas can absolutely become U.S. presidents or
      vice presidents.

      Under U.S. law, a child born overseas to at least one U.S. citizen
      who has spent at least five years of their life physically living in the
      U.S. (and at least two of those years being after they were
      14-years-old) is a U.S. citizen as long as her parents apply for (and
      receive) a consular report of birth abroad for that child.

      The end.

      • Reverend1

        Cruz is nothing but a liar and a Cuban. I’m from Texas and I personally know bullshitting Cruz. What a damn joke he is.

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      Are you kidding me? You must not have read that Cruz and Rubio are definitely U.S. citizens and can run for POTUS. And quit trying to smear Cruz and his dad. Freemasons aren’t luciferians and beside, Cruz’s father was a minister.

  • pmbalele

    Amazing! Repubs and TPs did not have a locally born candidate; so they went all the way to Canada to recruit somebody to be commander in chief for the USA army! Ted Cruz. Shame on GOPers. You mean Repubs do not have educated here to run as GOP candidates? Wait a minute – the Repub governor of Wisconsin -Walker is a school-drop out. May be that is the way GOP operates.

  • Shirleygirl

    That kind of stupid thinking is what lost us the election in 2012! Conservatives stayed home because they refused to vote for Romney! Now that’s lunacy! I can’t stand Donald but I’ll vote for him to keep Hilary out! I don’t understand the GOP not wanting a true conservative like Ted over that pretend republican Donald.

    • Dons62

      Explain how he’s eligible, when the child of 2 American Soldiers that’s born on foreign soil can never be elected to public office, I’ll listen to you.

      • Shirleygirl

        http://military.findlaw.com/family-employment-housing/military-children-born-abroad.html

        https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0LEVyMCUw1Xa24AsonBGOd_;_ylu=X3oDMTEyNnNoOXRlBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDQjE5MTFfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20070723193451AAZZDPw&p=children%20born%20to%20Us%20miltsry%20on%20foreign%20soil%20can%20run%20for%20office

        http://immigration.findlaw.com/citizenship/u-s-citizenship-through-parents-or-by-birth.html/

        All of these links provide the answers you are looking for. My daughter was born overseas. Both my husband and I were in the military. We had to have her birth certificate sent to the US consulate so it could be logged and we had to get a passport for her before she was 6 weeks old. She can run for any office in the US including President.

        If Ted Cruz was not eligible to run EVERYONE, including Donald Trump would be screaming and raising heck. Myself included.

      • sunshine4848

        because you are WRONG on that .. Our sun born in Germany in the Army , is as American as I am !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sunshine4848

        Controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump says that
        Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, cannot be president because he was
        not born on U.S. soil. Cruz was born in Canada — his mother was a U.S.
        citizen and his father was a Canadian who, at the time, held a U.S.
        green card. Trump’s stance is that if you weren’t born in the U.S.
        proper, you aren’t a “natural-born citizen” and you can’t be president.

        The implications of that idea are pretty sweeping for U.S. service
        members and their kids who are born overseas. U.S. military bases
        overseas are not considered U.S. soil for the purposes of citizenship, according to the State Department,
        and even if they were, not all military kids born OCONUS are born on
        base. If Trump is correct, no military kid born on or off a U.S. base in
        a foreign country could ever become president. That seems like a pretty
        unfair side affect of being born into a military family, doesn’t it?

        Fortunately, according to legal experts,
        this claim is just Trump hot air. “Natural-born citizen” is
        accepted by law to mean “born as a U.S. citizen,” regardless of place of
        birth.

        So start passing out the campaign buttons and cue the theme songs —
        military kids born overseas can absolutely become U.S. presidents or
        vice presidents.

        Under U.S. law, a child born overseas to at least one U.S. citizen
        who has spent at least five years of their life physically living in the
        U.S. (and at least two of those years being after they were
        14-years-old) is a U.S. citizen as long as her parents apply for (and
        receive) a consular report of birth abroad for that child.

        The end.

      • grinnie

        Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh, was a US citizen from Delaware. His father, Rafael Cruz, was a Cuban national who had received a green card while living in the US (he eventually became a US citizen in 2005). Under American law, Cruz would be born an American despite having only one US citizen parent as long as that parent — his mother — had physically lived in the United States for at least 10 years and five of those years had been after her 14th birthday. Cruz’s mother easily cleared that bar, so Cruz’s citizenship is not debatable.

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          Would the same laws about U.S. citizenship apply to Obama’s (late)mother? Was Obama properly vetted about his mother’s supposed U.S. citizenship in 2008 when he ran for POTUS? It’s ironic that Trump is a “birther” both about Obama and Cruz and they’re in opposite political parties.

        • richbach

          So the Supreme Courts ruling that both parents needed to be Citizens of the United States for their children to be considered natural born citizens is wrong? If that is the case, than anchor babies Marco Rubio and Bobbie Jindal are natural born citizens even though their parents were not U.S. citizens when they were born in the U.S.

          “‘At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country, of parents [plural] who were its citizens[ plural], became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further, and include as citizens children
          born within the jurisdiction, without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case, it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient, for everything we have now to consider, that all children, born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction, are themselves citizens.’ Minor v. Happersett (1874) 21 Wall. 162, 166-168.”

          s

    • 7papa7

      The trumpster is a flaming liberal if you look at his record and where he stands by action not words. He is a liberal verbally but has no history of being a conservative by actions. He is totally arrogant which is very typical of liberals, is a big cry baby again typical of a liberal, has given the hildabeast money for her 2008 bid for president. He has zero walk to say he is a conservative so I have absolutely no confidence he would be any better than Clinton. He says he wants to send illegals back, sounds very good but he also believes that they should be sent ONLY to fill out some paperwork and then brought back legally. That is not deportation, that is a vacation back in there home country. This is just one example of his liberalism. The only different between trump and the democrats is that they don’t want to send them back for a couple of weeks to do some paperwork. Remember the trumpster hires illegals.

      • Leo Klaudi

        my dog could be better than that bitch clinton Clinton has been a criminal since the 70’s. Both of the clintons are bad news.

    • ADRoberts

      Let me guess. You have sold out to Trump, the foul mouth, philandering womanizer from NYC. LOL

  • bobs33hotrod

    When the GOP Does this, it will put HILLARY IN AS PRESIDENT. The Republicans will loose probably 1/2 of their votes. All the Trump supporters including me will not even VOTE. Some will Vote for Hillary just to spite the RE-PUBS. End of the GOP. What Greed, and what a shame.
    BOBBY ~!~

    • Glenda Jordan

      What is shameful is the Trump supporters that would do this. I’m in for Cruz but if Trump is the nominee he’ll have my vote!! I won’t vote if “they” throw in some RINO but not ever would I even consider voting for Hilder or Bernie! Spite?? It’s spite directed to our country not repubs and Trump fans better rethink their position or our country continues down this hell hole.

      • Dons62

        they’re just as many Cruz supporters that will do the same ! This election, and many to follow, are already decided.

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