With just over a week until the Iowa caucuses kick presidential primary season into full gear, endorsements are starting to fly alongside the attacks, as the stakes continue to rise.
Many are beginning to consider the GOP race narrowing to two: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
We reported earlier today how poll numbers (at least in one poll) have shifted away from Ted Cruz since Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump earlier this week.
Well, Ted Cruz just received an influential endorsement of his own this afternoon.
Via The Blaze:Glenn Beck on Saturday endorsed Republican Ted Cruz for president of the United States during a rally Saturday for the Texas senator in Iowa.
“I am here to announce that I am endorsing Senator Ted Cruz as the next President of the United States!” Beck said to wild cheers from crowd at Faith Bible College in Ankeny.
Beck said Cruz is the candidate who will “repoint the cornerstones” in Washington.
Beck also highlighted Cruz’s many accomplishments — from winning landmark court cases to standing on principles grounded by the U.S. Constitution.
The iconic radio talk-show host recalled a moment after he became acquainted with Cruz: “If you’re not who you say you are, I’m going to be your worst nightmare,” Beck said he told Cruz, adding that he’s watched the conservative candidate “relentlessly” and that Cruz is indeed who he says he is.
Just before Beck officially made his endorsement, he brought Cruz onstage and handed him his George Washington compass, a symbol of radio host’s pursuit of truth.
Beck noted, “We need a new George Washington. Today’s Washington will not be found in the garish light of gold, but rather, in the bold service of a man who stands tirelessly for what he deeply believes — that government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Beck said Cruz will fight for religious liberty, citizens’ Second Amendment rights and nominating Supreme Court justices who won’t tilt the balance toward liberalism.
“Iowa, I beg you,” Beck said as the state’s caucus approaches. “My children’s future depends on what you do a week from Monday.”
Beck underscored that it’s a “two-person race” with Cruz locked in a battle for votes with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“We have to start raising the bar,” Beck said.
Whoever your top pick is for president, can we all agree on the importance of holding our candidates and elected officials accountable — as Beck said to Cruz, being their “worst nightmare” if they’re not who they say they are?
And certainly, I have to agree with Beck that we have to start raising the bar for this nation, especially after seven destructive years of Barack Obama as president and the travesty of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Any one of the candidates in the GOP field would indeed be raising that bar. The people will decide which one gets to lead us in doing that for our nation.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]