Not long after announcing his bid for the White House, on April 3 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released his campaign’s first video advertisement.
And to distinguish himself from other potential Republican candidates, who all have religious ties ranging from minister (Mike Huckabee) to minister’s son (Scott Walker) to exorcist (yes, Bobby Jindal claims he performed exorcisms while in college), Cruz selects a holier-than-them running mate in the video. Vote Cruz-Christ in 2016!
That’s right. His first campaign advertisement opens with the topic of religion. Cruz preaches:
Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I’m running for president of the United States.
Here – get your popcorn and your rosary, and watch it for yourself:
Of course, Cruz has some ‘splainin’ to do to his running mate. Following his folly filibuster, the freshman senator set the stage for the 2013 government shutdown – then lied about it, blaming it on Democrats. He pissed off both parties when he claimed Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel’s appointment to be Sec. of Defense was “publicly celebrated by the Iranian government.” He called for the impeachment of Eric Holder, who is with the Justice Department, over a complaint about the IRS, which is under the Treasury Department. (And Cruz’s “they’re targeting conservatives” claim was crap, too.)
Shoot, PolitiFact’s analysis of Cruz only credits him for issuing one true statement. The rest are half-truths, falsehoods, and even four “pants on fire” lies.
So if Cruz wants to claim religion as the first point in his first campaign advertisement, then he should remember what Jesus said: it’s a sin to tell a lie.