5 Reasons Ted Cruz Should Not Have Dropped Out
On Tuesday night, as it became clear Donald Trump had won the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for the presidency. I would hope this decision was based on internal polling showing that he had no chance in California, but even so, this is a boneheaded mistake. Now, there is essentially no opposition to Donald Trump.
Cruz gave an amazing concession speech. His declaration that he would drop out is actually my favorite part:
And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign. But hear me now, I am not suspending our fight for liberty. I am not suspending our fight to defend the constitution, to defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America. Our movement will continue, and I give you my word that I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.
Nevertheless, I fundamentally disagree with his decision, for five key reasons.
1. He gives Donald Trump this satisfaction.
For the past few weeks, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has been merciless to Ted Cruz. He refers to the Texas senator as "Lyin' Ted," constantly beat him up about the campaign flub in Iowa, and even threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife. After that threat, the National Enquirer story leaked. Trump is well connected to the Enquirer's editor, and just today he parroted a story about Ted Cruz's father, alleging a connection between Rafael Cruz and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
As the polls began to close in Indiana, The Donald tweeted this.
Lyin' Ted Cruz consistently said that he will, and must, win Indiana. If he doesn't he should drop out of the race-stop wasting time & money
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2016
By withdrawing from the race on Tuesday evening, Cruz gave Trump the satisfaction of forcing his competition out of the race. This is the kind of giving in to bullies that only emboldens them further. The speech was dignified, but it was beneath Cruz to surrender like that, because...
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