Sen. Ted Cruz gets high marks from the conservative Heritage Action, while GOP front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson get fainter praise and some criticism in the political advocacy group's new Presidential Platform Review.
The report released Monday, one year in advance of the 2016 elections, evaluated most of the Republican candidates in six categories: growth, opportunity, civil society, limited government, favoritism and national security.
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Heritage Action excluded Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and former Govs. George Pataki and Jim Gilmore from their analysis as they languish below even 1% in most polls.
The advocacy group, which operates politically to support ideals espoused by its sister think tank, The Heritage Foundation, looked most favorably on Cruz as the Texas Republican courts conservative tea party and libertarian voters for his campaign.
Cruz got praise across all of Heritage Action's categories, the only candidate to not receive any mixed reviews. The group also especially praised his fight against "favoritism" in politics, saying he's been "willing to pay a political price" to take on perceived cronyism in politics.
"Sen. Cruz has been at the center of the highest-profile fight about big-government favoritism in the current Congress: the debate over ending the Export-Import bank," the authors wrote, noting how he called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by name on the Senate floor. "It cost him political capital in the U.S. Senate, but in doing so, Sen. Cruz demonstrated real leadership."
As political outsiders Trump and Carson hold strong leads in the polls over the politicians in the race, Heritage gave them more mixed evaluations and even appeared to subtly mock some of their policy positions.Read the rest of the story HERE and view a related video below:
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