The entire state of Texas knows who Ted Cruz is now — after the incredible run-off election we just had in the Republican primary. But not as many people know about the Democratic nominee, Paul Sadler.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks to a cheerful crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a runoff election for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
If the turn-out numbers mean anything, it’s no wonder no one knows who Paul Sadler is. Republicans turned out in force, with 1,111,481 votes cast, compared to the dismal turnout of the Democrat Party with only 235,895 votes.
Now, it comes down to the distinct differences in policy positions and the candidate’s ability to connect with the broader base of total voters. The general election in November will definitely draw more voters, who in many instances are not as informed as primary voters.
As the media has suggested, and as we already know in Texas, the Hispanic vote will be critical in this election. People are asking, “Will Ted Cruz be able to garner support from the Hispanic community simply because he is Hispanic?” Others are asking, “Will Hispanics remain loyal to the Democratic Party and cast their vote for Sadler?”
It is definitely an interesting dynamic, but in my opinion, Ted Cruz will continue his strategy of drawing light to the out-of control government in Washington. He will continue building on his accomplishments in the primary, and will more than likely win the Senate seat.
But we have all known Democrats who are “cagey,” with tricks up their sleeves, who pander better than anyone. We can’t just assume this will be a walk in the park, so let’s take a quick look at Sadler.
First, from his website, he lists where he stands and what he believes in. He wants to “return fierce independence and Texas integrity to the United States Senate.” Right…like adding another liberal Democrat will change that?
Second, as he discusses the economy and jobs he believes in, “fair pay for an honest day’s work, and retirement security for middle class families.” Translation: He wants to increase minimum wage and force employers to provide retirement plans for the middle class. Already, he is announcing his intentions to turn this into a class-war debate.
On achieving energy independence, we should all know Sadler is a huge advocate for wind energy. He is a supposed ”expert” in alternative energy, and does not mention anywhere on his energy plank that he wants to drill for oil or gas in Texas. So, all you oil drillers, contractors and workers prepare, if it’s up to Sadler, you’ll be “saddling up” and heading out.
On the issue of education, he claims to want the federal government to return control back to the states, something we can all agree with. With regard to the military and veterans, he says he wants to “increase funding” for the Veteran’s Administration and provide training to young Veterans returning from war. Obviously, Sadler is putting many of his eggs in the educators’ and veterans’ “basket.”
The final issue listed is healthcare. He “believes access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental American value. Unlike his Republican opponents, Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders who get sick. And he’ll fight to protect the right of parents to keep their children insured until age 26. Paul Sadler will never play politics with women’s healthcare.”
Basically, he fully supports ObamaCare. He wants to ensure Texans are subjects to ObamaCare, and if not, would work to create a specific Obama-like program for all Texans. If that doesn’t make the hair on your neck stand up, I don’t know what will.
I know one thing: Democrats will be working in Texas. They will be hitting the churches, promising the moon and spreading their propaganda. I imagine they’ll bus people and feed them for their votes. It will not be a walk in the park, but knowing this basic information on our Democratic opponent helps to define the differences, and they are many.
I did, however, notice neither Senate candidate wishes to express their opinion on the issue of immigration and what to do with the illegal immigrants now living in Texas. I believe whoever cracks that nut first, will gain a large portion of support from the Hispanic community. We are waiting for someone to step up and actually secure our border…another issue completely avoided by the Democrat Paul Sadler.
In the end, Ted Cruz should resonate in Texas, and we will have a Conservative in Washington. I couldn’t imagine living in a state where our Senator was doing all he could to ram ObamaCare down our throats. At that point, he would be my worst nightmare.
So, before we get to that point, let people know how drastically different Paul Sadler
Texas’ future depends on it.