Sen. Ted Cruz (in photo), R-Texas, has been hammered by his fellow GOP senators for shutting down the government without any endgame strategy. But Cruz easily won the presidential straw poll at last weekend’s Values Voter Summit. The second highest-polling person, physician and Fox News contributor Ben Carson, likened Obamacare’s effort to extend health insurance coverage to millions of Americans to a modern form of slavery. “It is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government,” Carson said. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback received only one vote (the same as Democrat Hillary Clinton); Brownback had seven votes on the vice presidential ballot.
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