I've been wrestling with whom to support for a while now. I really liked Carly Fiorina after the first two debates but I really don't have confidence that she has a ground game in Iowa and New Hampshire to do much in those states and hence the election. I hope whoever wins makes her our Secretary of State.
I was really gravitating towards Rubio but something about him doesn't sit right and it's not the immigration thing. I don't demand 100% adherence to what I believe in and everyone gets a mulligan. I just can't call someone with a 93% lifetime rating from the Club for Growth a RINO. I think if elected, he would be the most conservative/libertarian President we have had for a long time, probably since Calvin Coolidge. Probably. Which comes to the reason I just can't bring myself to back him. I don't see how someone can "accidentally" charge $16,000 of personal expenses onto a Republican Party credit card. I can see handing someone the wrong card once or twice but this was done a great many times and obviously with the knowledge he shouldn't be doing it. I guess he felt he "deserved" it, and I have a problem with people who think they are entitled to things that aren't theirs.
Another reason I don't trust Rubio is that he seems to be in the pocket of Norman Braman, a Florida billionaire, who is really enmeshed in Rubio's life and personal finances. I'm sick of the corruption in Washington, DC and I don't really feel like sending another corrupt politician there.
Which brings me to Ted Cruz. There is no other politician that comes closer to my political views than Ted Cruz, I've said that repeatedly. I was always concerned that after all the battles on the Senate floor and government shutdowns, he was just too hated to be President. I'm not so sure. According to the latest Quinnipiac national poll, 33% of registered voters say they never even heard of him. This means that he gets a chance to introduce himself to a vast swath of the electorate and if he continues with how he was going at the last debate, more and more people will like him. He's even one of the few Republicans with positive net favorability among registered voters. I also think that his bombthrowing at the Republican establishment will appeal to independents as they won't think that he is beholden to the same old crooks. I also think he needs to do more interviews like the one with Jake Tapper where he seemed very genuine when he talked about his half-sister, who died of a drug overdose:
Less anger and more empathy will probably go a long way for Ted Cruz and get a true conservative/libertarian into the White House.
Finally, I think that this country is crumbling around us and we need someone who will do radical things in office to right the ship, because radical things are necessary. Ted Cruz is one of the few candidates who won't be a business-as-usual Republican (Rand Paul also is in this category but he is too whacky and isolationist to even have a chance at election).
So I will keep my fingers crossed for Ted Cruz, the primary calendar seems to be stacked in his favor and he could have quite a bit of momentum after the March 1 primaries in the South.