Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Andrew Napolitano criticizes Cruz; Cruz responds

Ted Cruz Campaign Addresses Two Key Criticisms From Prominent Libertarian Judge Napolitano | - Jason Howerton:

March 23, 2015 - "Appearing on Fox Business Network on Monday, Judge Andrew Napolitano, a prominent figure in the libertarian movement, noted two key issues that he feels Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is getting wrong. However, a spokesperson for the Cruz campaign told TheBlaze that it seems Napolitano misinterpreted some of the conservative lawmaker’s positions."

"Napolitano said his 'heart sank' when Cruz spoke about a 'federal right to education' during his first campaign speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday. Here’s the exact wording from the transcript of Cruz’s speech:
“Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation, that every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or ZIP Code, every child in America has the right to a quality education.”
"The campaign spokesperson told TheBlaze Cruz absolutely was not claiming that every person has a federally guaranteed right to education, and he never mentioned the federal government in making the point. Instead, the spokesperson said Cruz was advocating for 'bottom-up' education reform centered around school choice, the 'right' to choose....

"Secondly, Napolitano argued that he believes Cruz 'probably would join all the other Republicans but Rand Paul with the idea that we should — to use Woodrow Wilson’s phrase — make the world safe for democracy, which means perpetual death and perpetual war.' Again, the spokesperson said the interpretation wasn’t quite right.

"The campaign official directed TheBlaze to a Bloomberg View article titled, 'Ted Cruz, Tea Party Hawk,' as a resource to get an accurate representation of Cruz’s view on foreign policy issues. You can read the portion of the article cited by the Cruz spokesperson below:
"The central touchstone for U.S. foreign policy should be defending the vital national security interests of the United States," he said. He called weakness on that obligation "the most central failing” of the foreign policies of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton."
"In his brief Senate career, Cruz has sometimes sided with libertarians such as Paul on big national security issues, as when he opposed Obama’s request for authorization to attack Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons (Obama later withdrew that request). But Cruz has also sided with the hawks in opposing Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran and pushing for more sanctions on the Tehran regime."

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