Rep. Tom McClintock endorses Ted Cruz

Rep. Tom McClintock, one of California’s best-known conservatives, endorsed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday.

Tom McClintock“This election is too important to leave to chance,” McClintock, R-Elk Grove, said in Cruz’s news release. “Ted Cruz is the only top tier candidate we can be absolutely certain will govern conservatively and constitutionally; who will stand his ground no matter what the pressure and articulate our positions boldly and convincingly to the American people. After nearly three decades of disappointments, our next president needs to come from the Republican wing of the Republican Party.”

Cruz called McClintock “an unwavering leader in working to reduce government spending, reign in our debt and work for conservative reforms. He has consistently fought against the Washington Cartel. We need more leaders like Tom in Washington to protect conservative principles. I am thrilled to have Tom’s support in working together to restore the principles America was founded on.”

McClintock, 59, was elected to the House in 2008 after eight years in the state Senate and two stints – from 1982 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2000 – in the Assembly. He finished third behind Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat Cruz Bustamante in California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall election, and lost 2006’s election for lieutenant governor to Democrat John Garamendi.

McClintock quit the Tea Party-dominated House Freedom Caucus in September, saying the group’s political showmanship – particularly its threats to partially or totally shut down the federal government – actually undermines conservative goals in Congress. Cruz was among key architects of the third-longest government shutdown in U.S. history, in October 2013.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Willis James

    I get a feeling that the Republican Party is beginning to coalesce around Cruz as non-mainstream and yet not too crazy compared to Trump.

    Key thing I heard was Nikki Haley saying that she disagreed with Rubio and Bush

    “You know, Jeb Bush passed Common Core, and Marco Rubio believes in amnesty, which I don’t.”
    Rubio’s biggest weakness for the hard core is his support of what they label as “amnesty”.
    If she expects to be the VP choice and is throwing Rubio and Bush overboard, then who is left to be her running mate?


  • JohnW

    Should be a lively debate tonight on Fox Business News.

  • Willis James

    Watched the entire debate…2.5 hours, plus some of the follow-up still in progress.

    I agree with most of the post debate assessment.

    Which indicated that Trump, Rubio, and Cruz all did well, whereas the other 4 didn’t do enough to boost themselves into that competitive level.

    Nikki Haley was sitting in the audience looking beautiful, awaiting which man will be her mate…uh, running mate.

    She is almost becoming the presumptive
    Vice-Presidential candidate.

    Imagine if they all beat themselves down right up to the convention and the party, in disarray, turned to Nikki for president. Not impossible, and then she adds on Colin Powell as her vp choice for military and international confidence..
    Or Condoleezza Rice to trump Hillary with 2 women opponents…each a minority.

    The mind reels with the possibilities.

  • Willis James

    The Drudge poll… available to be voted on by anyone, currently has the following regarding who won the debate

    Trump 56%

    Cruz 30%

    Rubio 7%

    Trump may be playing better than we ‘think’ to those who don’t ‘think’ too much.

    But will those who don’t ‘think’ go through the long Iowa night to be counted?

    On that point I’m to understand that Cruz is much more organized. With the race close, Cruz would seem ready to make up the few points the polls have him trailing by in Iowa.

    If only Cruz could clear up his murky points


    He said during a speech in Iowa on Dec. 5 that “we will utterly destroy ISIS. We will carpet bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”


  • JohnW

    That’s right. In 25 days, all the polls and associated bragging rights will be irrelevant. By all accounts, Cruz is much better organized to get his supporters to the caucuses in all the Iowa precincts and to coach them on what to do when they get there. New Hampshire voters are famous for flipping at the last minute. Just ask Obama. He was set to roll into NH and seal the deal after winning Iowa in 2008. But Hillary turned that around in one week and won NH. Bush is cooked in Iowa and NH but is counting on getting a pop in South Carolina, with an endorsement from Linsey Graham.

  • JohnW

    Dozed off for about 20 minutes in the middle. Could be that nobody gets to the convention with enough delegates to win. There’s still hope for Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

  • JohnW

    Congress could completely resolve all questions about the meaning of “natural born citizen” tomorrow by passing a law declaring that it includes anybody who is a citizen at birth. That would include a person born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents (Rubio) or born to a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S (Cruz). It could be rushed through by a Republican Congress. The Democratic president, Obama, would surely sign it. And the courts would never override it.

  • Willis James

    The law should also include a provision clarifying whether those born in the USA to non-citizen, non-legal, and/or temporary residents..
    Tourists, including birth tourism, as well as those who have entered illegally. Quite a different story than Rubio.
    The same law that almost all of the rest of the world follows, where you can’t just show up, 2 days later have a child, and have that child be declared a citizen for life.
    Make it a all encompassing law… or comprehensive as the say, and then see if we get a bipartisan majority to pass it.
    We need not make all provisions retroactive.
    January 1st, 2017 forward would be fine.

  • JohnW

    That would require a Constitutional amendment. If such a law was passed by Congress and signed by POTUS, it would end up with the Supremes, who would most likely rule the law contrary to the 14th Amendment.

  • Couldn’t even find a decent American to endorse. . . .