4 years ago

Heidi Cruz to Alabama: ‘Ted and I will be spending a lot of time with y’all’ (Audio)

(Video above: Cliff Sims interview Heidi Cruz on Yellowhammer Radio)

Heidi Cruz, the wife of U.S. senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, is touring the state of Alabama this week. In an interview on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims, Mrs. Cruz said her reason for spending significant time in the state over the next few days is that Alabama is playing an increased role in the presidential nominating process this election cycle.

“What brings me to the state is the importance that you all play in this election of the next leader of our great country,” she explained. “We are working hard in the South and all of the March 1 states. Alabama is an important part of that, so Ted and I will be spending a lot of time with y’all.”

Alabama will join Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia in holding its primary elections on March 1st next year. This so called “SEC Primary” has made the South more influential in the GOP’s nominating process. As a result, numerous candidates have spent significant time in the Yellowhammer State already this year.

Heidi Cruz is a vegetarian with a Harvard M.B.A. who worked in the Bush White House and now serves as a senior executive at Goldman Sachs. Her extensive background in business and politics has clearly prepared her well to be the wife of one of the country’s most well-known politicians.

A few notable excerpts from Sims’ interview with Mrs. Cruz can be found below. The full interview can be heard in the video above.

(Editor’s note: the quotes below are lightly edited for brevity and clarity, but not for substance.)

On how she and Sen. Cruz met:

It was meant to be. We met about 15 years ago working on the George W. Bush campaign… Ted and I worked on that campaign together and spent a few years in Washington before moving back to Texas. So, we met in politics.

On what initially attracted her to Sen. Cruz:

Ted is compelling. If any of y’all have ever spent five minutes with him, you are drawn in… It’s interesting how the news media tries to portray him so different than he is in person. They’re scared of him. They’re scared that he’s effective… that he’s a conservative and that he can win. Ted is not afraid to share his beliefs… He is articulate.

On a personal level, Ted is incredibly thoughtful. He’s really fun… He has a wonderful sense of humor. He’s a big movie buff. He’s a great chess player. And outside of his very intense policy work… He’s really fun to be around. He’s also easy going. I don’t know that people know that about him.

On Sen. Cruz’s “audiographic memory” that allows him to remember and recall almost everything he hears:

Ted does have an incredible mind and he does have these files (in his mind) that he just pulls out. I think it is from his career as a litigator having to make the argument — having to go in front of courts of law and working both in the policy realm to defend our constitutional rights, as well as professionally… Cases that may not have ever been won, Ted has won in very close battles and it is because he is very, very good at eliminating all of the noise and focusing on the fundamental issue at hand: what produces results and what matters to real people.

On emptying their savings account and spending over $1 million to get him elected to the Senate:

It really wasn’t (a nerve-racking decision) for the following reasons: We were very prepared. The way we made that decision made good investment sense… I said to him that he should go out there and campaign and make his case to Texas why he should be their next U.S. Senator — why it mattered, why Ted Cruz was different… He did go make that case. We did not put a dollar in, we did not drain our bank account at the beginning. We made sure we had the support of Texans and that our funds would be the difference between winning and losing once he had already gathered those votes. So, knowing we had the capital to make the difference, and he had already earned the trust of Texans, it was an easy decision.

On what America could expect from First Lady Heidi Cruz:

My interests and passions in life have always been business, economics and entrepreneurship. When I was a six-year-old child my parents encouraged me to start a business… So at six and eight-years-old respectively my brother and I started a bread business. It taught us so much about organization and hard work. We made about 200 loaves a week, spent about 4 hours working each day after school. We had to manage our cash, buy supplies, change our prices and manage our margins. It was a great experience for about 12 years. That gave us not only some great tools, but a real sense of self-worth, a sense of independence and a sense that we could do it… I think the youth in our country need that message in their homes, in their schools and in their communities. So I would be very excited about spending time seeking to raise up those who are in failing schools who don’t have that influence — encouraging them with the value they add through entrepreneurship. Ted and I are also big advocates of school choice, and I think that is linked and related. Those are the issues I would focus on.

A schedule of Heidi Cruz’s public events in Alabama this week can be found below.

Wednesday, November 4

11:00 a.m. – Birmingham, AL
Mrs. Cruz will file Alabama ballot access form
Alabama Republican Party Headquarters
3505 Lorna Road
Birmingham, AL 35216

4:00 p.m. – Montgomery, AL
Meet and Greet with Mrs. Cruz
Embassy Suites
Governor’s Room
300 Tallapoosa St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Thursday, November 5

12:00 p.m. – Mobile, AL
Meet and Greet with Mrs. Cruz
Half Shell Oyster House
3654 Airport Boulevard
Mobile, Al 36608

9 hours ago

Alabama softball preseason No. 1 in USA Softball Top 25, ranked No. 2 on NFCA and Softball America lists; Auburn rated No. 23 by NFCA, Softball America

As the 2020 season approaches, Alabama softball was highlighted in three separate preseason ranking polls as either number one or number two on the lists, while Auburn also made its way in the top 25 on two of the lists.

Alabama softball is the preseason No. 1 in USA Softball’s rankings and No. 2 in the NFCA and Softball America top 25 lists.

A press release from the Alabama Athletics Communications noted:


The Crimson Tide earned 12 first-place votes in the USA Softball poll and 11 in the NFCA poll, the most of any team. The preseason rankings are Alabama’s highest in those two polls since the 2013 season. The Tide finished last year ranked No. 4 in all three rankings. Last week, the Tide claimed the top spot in D1Softball’s preseason poll, the inaugural set of rankings for the site.

Defending SEC champion Alabama will receive a total of 13 players from last year’s team that won 60 games, claimed the program’s fifth SEC regular-season title and advanced to the final day of bracket play at the 2019 Women’s College World Series.

The Crimson Tide softball team will open its 2020 season, head coach Patrick Murphy’s 22nd season at the school, at the Joanne Graf Classic in Tallahassee, Florida, on February 7 and 8. They are slated to play two games each against North Carolina and host Florida State.

Auburn’s softball team was rated No. 23 by both NFCA and Softball America, but was left out of USA Softball’s top 25 list.

The Tigers open the season with Baylor in Clearwater, Florida, in the NFCA Leadoff Classic on February 7.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

10 hours ago

‘Scary’: Jeff Sessions fears Trump in danger of physical harm from Deep State

In a radio interview on Tuesday, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his worry for President Donald J. Trump’s physical safety.

Featuring on “Alabama’s Morning News with JT” on 105.5 WERC, Sessions with just over two minutes left in the interview was prompted to talk about the subject after the host said he hoped that members of Trump’s Secret Service detail were not a part of the “Deep State” and “The Swamp.”

“[I]f he wins this election again, there’s no telling what people will do to get him out of that office. And I’m talking about physical harm,” Birmingham radio host JT Nysewander said to Sessions. “Do you fear that?”

“Absolutely, it’s a scary thing,” Sessions responded. “There’s so much hostility out there. It is scary, number one.”


He then referred to his ongoing Republican bid to return to the U.S. Senate in 2020.

“And number two, this is what I believe right now, one reason I feel like that I can contribute in this race if I’m elected to the Senate,” Sessions continued. “They fear Donald Trump. The Republicans, not just what he says and does in the short run, but he has brought together a coalition of over 50% of the American population that if he can solidify that — and the Republicans will get on board, which they haven’t sufficiently, in my opinion, enthusiastically understood the historic importance of the Trump coalition  — that should be the ‘Republican Workers Party.’ People who go to work every day. They need to be brought into this party. … and move this country against the ‘Socialist Left’ that’s radical, that’s for open borders, for [more] government, taxes, regulations of all kinds and try to run the whole world with military power and trade that doesn’t protect our interests. So those things, I think, the American people are behind [Trump]. The president historically is leading it. And I want to push the Republicans to get on board more enthusiastically with it.”

“I was there first, and I’m still there,” Sessions concluded.

Sessions’ campaign on Monday released internal polling showing him with a sizable lead in Alabama’s March 3 GOP Senate primary. The ultimate Republican nominee will face Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in November.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

11 hours ago

Poll: Doug Jones reelection chances take hit if he votes to remove Trump

According to polling data provided to Yellowhammer News, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) could be in a weaker position for reelection should he vote to convict and remove President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial currently underway.

The survey, conducted by WPA Intelligence on behalf of Club for Growth PAC of 500 likely voters, found that nearly two-in-five Alabama voters say they would be less likely to reelect Doug Jones if he votes to remove President Trump.

That is compared to just 14% who say they would be more likely to reelect Jones if he votes to remove.


(WPAi/Club for Growth PAC)

Overall, the survey showed a lack of support for impeachment among Alabama voters. One-third of Alabama voters support the Senate removing President Trump from office compared to an overwhelming two-thirds who say they oppose his removal.

(WPAi/Club for Growth PAC)

The poll also found an overwhelming number of Alabama voters approve of the job Trump is doing as president, by a margin of 61% to 37%, approve versus disapprove.

(WPAi/Club for Growth PAC)

As one might expect, in hypothetical general election match-ups against two of the Democratic presidential front-runners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Trump dominates by a 20-point-plus margin.

(WPAi/Club for Growth PAC)

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

11 hours ago

Alexander Shunnarah wins national Golden Gavel Award

Birmingham-based Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. in recent days won a coveted Golden Gavel Award at the 2020 National Trial Lawyers Summit.

The summit was held last week in Miami, FL.

Alexander Shunnarah was the only law firm from Alabama selected in any of the Golden Gavel Awards categories and represented the state at the prestigious national ceremony. The awards celebrate the top legal advertisements of the year and Alexander Shunnarah, arguably the most recognized personal injury law firm in the state, competed in categories covering both traditional and digital media.


The firm came away as the winner of the best public relations campaign Golden Gavel Award. Alexander Shunnarah was also a finalist in five of the other 11 award categories.

In a recent statement celebrating being named a finalist in the six total categories, Shunnarah himself said, “I am extremely proud to be recognized as a finalist in half of the categories for the National Trial Lawyers’ Golden Gavel awards.”

“This honor is a testament to our diverse and creative portfolio of marketing, advertising and public relations efforts. We work diligently every day on our brand and this national recognition further solidifies our place as a legal marketing force,” he concluded.

The National Trial Lawyers is headquartered in Dothan.

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

12 hours ago

Doug Jones: Abuse of power ‘should be’ impeachable

In his latest thoughts about President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) spoke about arguments made by Trump legal team members.

Appearing in a video released Tuesday afternoon that lasted just over six minutes, Jones spoke about some of the core points made by Alan Dershowitz and Pam Bondi Monday afternoon and evening.

One of the most striking remarks in the video came towards the end, when Jones declared, “I am not persuaded at all that the abuse of power is an unimpeachable offense. I think it can be, I think it should be [impeachable].”

Trump is charged by the U.S. House of Representatives with abuse of power on the first impeachment article against him, as well as a second charge of obstruction of justice.


Jones started off the latest video by criticizing Ken Starr, who is best known as the independent counsel that investigated then-President Bill Clinton. Starr spoke out in the Senate against impeaching Trump on Monday.

Alabama’s junior senator subsequently chastised Trump’s legal team for accusing House impeachment managers of utilizing “distractions.”

“[Trump’s legal team] continue to push distractions,” Jones asserted.

“[T]hey talk about, of course, Hunter Biden — the biggest distraction of all,” he added.

The senator, who has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, lamented that Republicans did not start scrutinizing Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings until his father’s current campaign kicked off.

“We spent most of yesterday talking about distractions,” Jones further said.

He also reiterated that he has “some concerns” about the obstruction of justice impeachment charge against the president.

“I do think that there were serious issues raised yesterday that we’re trying to work through,” Jones advised. “I’m anxious to hear how House managers are going to respond to some of the issues that were raised by the president’s lawyers when it comes to article two, obstruction of justice.”


Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn