Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, it seems, did not learn a lesson from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the perils of running as God’s chosen candidate. Cruz, who dropped out of the GOP primary race Tuesday night after Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana left him without a realistic path to the nomination, was portrayed by many of his most prominent supporters as a candidate who was ordained by God to be the country’s next president.
Among his supporters was also his father, pastor Rafael Cruz, who spoke to several media outlets immediately after Cruz Junior’s retirement announcement, saying that “there is a chance I was wrong in my predictions,” and that “quite possibly, there is still a chance my son could make it to the White House.” “What remains to be done is figuring out the logistics of it all, but yes, I am a firm believer in the fact that Ted is too valuable to God to be shunned as a mere political loser,” Cruz senior added.
“Look, we are all men of flesh and blood and we all make mistakes,” Rafael Cruz said. “However, some of those mistakes are fundamental and have serious consequences, while others are not so significant. And I would go so far as to say that my son is definitely chosen by God to do great things, only, not necessarily as the next President of the United States. I’m thinking, he might be able to do more good as Vice President or something, because that’s also a very significant function, politically speaking.”
“And there’s one simple reason for that – when you’re the President, all eyes are on you, both domestic and foreign. You can’t make a move without someone looking at you. And that causes a lot of stress. I mean, just look at Obama’s hair during his two terms. On the other hand, you’re able to do much more damage in a positive way when you’re the Vice President, because there’s much less stress on that position. You have a greater amount of freedom to do the things you need to do, and much less control over you. Come to think of it, it’s the perfect position for a God-given diplomat like Ted. We should have thought of this sooner!” Cruz Senior exclaimed.