State Sen. Slom shifts to endorse Cruz
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State Sen. Slom shifts to endorse Cruz

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 18, 2012

    Sam Slom speaks on the Senate floor during the opening of the 2012 legislature.

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On the heels of Ben Carson’s exit from race for GOP presidential nominee, Hawaii state Sen. Sam Slom has shifted his endorsement to Ted Cruz.

The state’s lone Republican senator had previously supported Carson, who dropped out of the race on Friday.

In throwing his support behind Cruz — whose victories on Super Tuesday established him as the Republican establishment’s apparent last, best hope to prevent Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination — Slom cited Cruz’s core conservative values.

“After eight long years of Barack Obama’s failed policies, I want someone in the White House who respects the presidency, who respects the American people, and who respects the U.S. Constitution,” Slom said in a statement released today. “Ted Cruz will excel on all those points and more. I urge my fellow Republicans in the Aloha State to join me in supporting consistent conservative Texas senator Ted Cruz to become our party’s nominee and become the forty-fifth president of the United States.”

Slom’s endorsement comes in advance of the Hawaii GOP presidential caucus on March 8 and just two days after Slom was hospitalized after taking ill during a Senate floor session.

“I would be hard-pressed to support candidates who have spent their lives propping up policies and institutions which are bad for our country,” Slom said. “Unlike many who threw their hats in the ring in 2016, Ted Cruz has shown us repeatedly that he will take the fight to both parties if necessary to defend our freedoms, our privacy, our opportunities and our hard-earned money.”

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    • You Dems were given two candidates. Two old white folks. Great choice! By the way, Debbie Wasserman couldn’t answer the question, but maybe you can: what’s the difference between the current Democratic party platform and socialism?

      • The same difference between current republican platform and socialism? I mean the republican party has pushed for a large military industrial complex which is a part of socialism. Republican socialism however feeds the top 10% while democratic socialism feeds the bottom 90%

        Actually the democrats I believe had 4 candidates and 2 have dropped out. The democratic debates sure are better than the republican debates unless of course you are a professional wrestling fan.

        • Showing a lot of ignorance here. A strong or weak military is unrelated to socialism. Try some math and see if you can figure out how 10% can feed 90% and then ask yourself why they would want to. Go feed yourself.

      • At least Dems got candidates. Repubs got liars, frauds, and conmen (their own words) and Slom is backing a liar who backstabbed his first choice Carson. Think Slom is still ill.

    • Slom has a shifty, sleazy reputation as the SA stories on his legal and personal problems have pointed out. But so does Cruz. Cruz does know how to bamboozle the evangelicals though. He is a dangerous man who clearly hates America. He cost the tax payers billions of dollars in his silly effort to shut down the government and to throw the stock market into chaos with his move to not lift the debt limit. Cut the government? sure…now tell us who will be getting fewer dollars? The poor? The elderly.? The sick? Stop the shibai.

  • Cruz was the undoing of Carson by the lie in Iowa that Carson was dropping bis campaign. At that point Ben was not dropping. Becauze of Cruz’ lie many Iowans switched their vote. Cruz is a caustic, unpleasant man.

  • I just want someone who can get along with others and get this country moving in the right direction again. Ted Cruz is NOT that person. He is a junior senator who was an obstructionist. Sorry, I don’t want another 4 years from a junior senator who doesn’t play well with others.

    • You set up a false equivalence between Cruz and Obama in your last sentence that’s belied by the previous sentence. It’s the obstructionists — not Obama — who can’t “play well with others”. They’re the ones whose idea of a playground basketball game is to grab the ball and pass it around among themselves so nobody gets any opportunities to score. I defy anyone to “play well” with “others” of that ilk.

  • We forgot we are in this mess due to the reckless administration of GW Bush! Attacked Iraq by misleading the public about weapons of mass destruction, then leaving the our economy in near collapse. Congress has blocked everything this president has tried to do.

  • Cruz, Rubio, Kasich or better yet! Donald Trump ALL are better than Hillary Clinton. So Stop grumbling & Bring your “A” game to the polls this Tuesday and VOTE!!!

    • Sorry, no polls this Tuesday, just caucuses. lol I was tempted to join the republican party to vote for the Donald but as I will be voting in the democratic caucus on the 26th, there is something that probably prohibits this. And who really wants to become a republican? A bankrupt party. lol

    • As an independent, I could vote for kasich. He is a very decent Governor of Ohio. Even many Democrats like his moderate, effective ways. Hillary has asked me to support her and I could do that as well. Cuz and Slom both have a sleazy side that I dislike.

      • My only reservation about Katich–who seems fairly reasonable–is his deliberate dismantling of the formerly highly regarded Ohio public education system which has been plagued by falling indicators since he took office.

    • Maybe play it again, Sam, is better. In a related comment, Ronald Reagan was a Democrat who turned into a Republican. One of requirements of becoming POTUS may be to hold the office of governor of a State. However that alone would not ensure success: note the diversity in success among Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Uh oh Trump only made money in Real Estate: maybe that’s not a good enough prerequisite. Donald appears to be inflicted with the same social disease that had taken over Dave Shoji and Ronald Reagan: JUST FOR MEN !!!

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