The Brief: Ted Cruz Makes Waves in Texas and D.C.

The Brief: Ted Cruz Makes Waves in Texas and D.C.

By Eleanor Dearman and John Reynolds U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.The Big ConversationTed Cruz was back on his home turf of Texas on Thursday for a quick one-day visit, and he came with a message for other GOP presidential hopefuls. {{more}}”We’ve got a tremendous base of support here, and so they may discover a difficult path,” Cruz said at a “This is #CruzCountry Rally” in Fort Worth. As the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek reported, other candidates have not been hesitant to enter the state to raise money and make other inroads in the nation’s biggest red state.Svitek wrote, “While many candidates have turned to the state to fill their campaign coffers, their ‘fundraising has not yielded a whole lot of results,’ Cruz said. He went on to repeat his increasingly common boast that his campaign has reported raising nearly six times the amount of money from Texas than the campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.”Cruz was also news in Washington, D.C., where the Tribune’s Abby Livingston reports on the speculation that the junior Texas Senator could instigate another government showdown, this time over federal funding of Planned Parenthood.She writes: Republican congressional leaders have insisted that a shutdown will not happen. But many on Capitol Hill are skeptical, drawing parallels to 2013, when the unsuccessful efforts of Cruz and other conservatives to defund the 2010 federal health care law helped lead to a 16-day shutdown. The key difference this time? Cruz has an even bigger stage. Some Republicans fear Cruz will use his Senate post to steal back some of the limelight, setting off fireworks in Congress in the fall to endear himself to presidential primary voters. Taking such a public stand on Planned Parenthood presents an opportunity to court the evangelical vote – a group on which Cruz is spending much of his political energy.