Friday letters: Sen. Cruz wants to be president

October 11, 2013 

Budget Battle Cruz

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE — AP

The phenomenon of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his effort to arouse public attention is reminiscent of the “flamboyant … unconventional” campaign style the Webster Guide to American History attributes to Louisiana Gov. Huey Long early in the 20th century. Long, “acting as both Governor and Senator,” became a “virtual dictator” by formulating a “program, which while economically unsound, appealed strongly to great numbers of people.” Later, “Long announced his intention to run for president.”

Cruz’s 21-hour condemnation of Obamacare suggests he too has presidential ambitions.

Jane O’Keeffe

Columbia

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