Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas may be hated by the mainstream media and certain portions of his own party, but he seems to have picked up a great deal of support among conservative grass roots. According to an October 3, 2013 story in Breitbart Big Government, Cruz attracted 104,000 participants in a tele-townhall sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. That is a record for such an event.
The purpose of the townhall was to inform tea party activists of the latest strategy and goings on concerning the government shutdown and the fight against Obamacare. It also served as a mechanism to rally the base.
“Senator Cruz laid out a series of action items that grassroots activists could take on a daily basis to stop Obamacare. These measures included everything from signing petitions to doing blog and Facebook posts. Cruz emphasized the importance of citizens talking to their neighbors about Obamacare and enlisting more people around the country to join the movement to stop its implementation. Of particular note was his call for TPP members to get the word out on the special Obamcare exemption for Congress.”
The tele-townhall constitutes part of a strategy by Cruz to use unconventional media to get his positions on the issues out and to rally his supporters, bypassing the media gatekeepers. While Cruz has been a fixture on more mainstream media outlets, most recently on “Meet the Press,” he is also using the Internet and social media to good effect.
One would expect to see more of that should he decide to run for president in 2016.