This subject came up in the most recent Republican Debate, so if you think you have seen this before you are right. But it is worth repeating. And note the Moderator didn’t get Cruz’s answer that it was Democrat Liberal government that ruined Detroit so he had to ask him again.
Here’s my takeaway from last night. We’ll of course fill in blanks and get into this in great detail, but I think Ted Cruz won that debate hands down. I don’t think it’s even close. I think Ted Cruz Ted Cruz was in a different league last night. Ted Cruz was in a different debate than what everybody else was doing, including Kasich. I think Ted Cruz was running rings around everybody in terms of awareness of the issues, knowledge of the issues, mastering whatever it was that was discussed.
When Ted Cruz got the question about Detroit — Flint, Michigan — he’s the only guy that got the answer right. Now, the things other people said about it were true, but Ted Cruz is the only guy that got anywhere close to explaining what’s wrong with Detroit. Liberalism! Left-wing policies!
For 50 years, everything that’s going wrong wherever you go in the country, the people that have been running it are left-wing Democrat Party. Wherever they’ve been in charge unchecked, everything’s a mess just like it is in Detroit. I think Cruz’s skills as a debater were on full display last night for anybody to see…
When they got to Cruz, question comes from Chris Wallace. “For half a century Detroit was the symbol of America’s industrial might, 300,000 manufacturing jobs in this city. At last count there are now fewer than 30,000 manufacturing jobs here. The unemployment rate in this city’s 11%, twice the national average. Senator Cruz, I know that you have general plans for tax reform, but what specifically would you do to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and train residents of cities like Detroit to do those jobs?”
CRUZ: Detroit is a great city with a magnificent legacy that has been utterly decimated by 60 years of failed left-wing policy.
CRUZ: In the 1960s, Detroit was the Silicon Valley of America, had a population of two million people, had the highest per capita income in the country. And then for 50 years, left-wing Democrats have pursued destructive tax policies, weak crime policies, and have driven the citizens out.
CRUZ: Let me say to folks in the media, that is a story that the media ought to be telling (Ding! Ding!) over and over again: The destruction of left-wing policies and the millions who have hurt because of it.
But here’s what happened after this. When that answer was finished, Chris Wallace said, essentially, “That’s all well and good but you didn’t answer my question. What are you gonna do to fix it? What are you gonna do? What kind of policies do you have that are gonna teach people how to do the work again?” And Cruz had the answer.
He rattled it off. He talked about how getting rid of all kinds of regulations — and he specified them — and all kinds of tax cuts — and he specified them — would create massive new incentives for companies to relocate to Detroit because it would be economically advancing to do so. He talked about how those companies would have a leg up in earning a profit because the regulations that are punitive would have been swept away. He had the specific answer to every allegation, every question that he was asked, even with the follow-ups.