I first met Cruz at CPAC 2011 and have followed his campaign as it has progressed from only getting 2% in the first polls. It's very similar to how Marco Rubio's first poll was just 3%, leading those of us who supported him from the beginning to call ourselves the "Three Percenters." Cruz acknowledged the parallels and gives a lot of credit to Marco Rubio: "he blazed the path that we followed."
He also attributes his victory to the support he received from conservative activists and bloggers around the country:
Social media was a very powerful tool, bloggers were incredibly helpful. Sarah, your support, over a year ago, I mean, you were a two percenter in this race, and I am grateful for it because it helped spread the message, spread the word...
...this is the way elections are supposed to be decided. It's not supposed to be a handful of lobbyists in a back room, writing some checks and deciding this will be the next Senator. It's supposed to be "We The People."Here's the interview, enjoy:
YouTube | RedState Gathering interview with Senate Candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX)
I have to admit, I was thrilled that Cruz called me "a relentless voice for liberty." Might have to put that on my business cards. ;) Can't wait to be able to officially call him "Senator Ted Cruz!"
UPDATE: Don't miss this interview with Cruz and Raz Shafer and Brian Sikma from Media Trackers, posted at RedState.
[Cross-posted at RedState]