They said those same things about Reagan. Reagan won. McCain and Romney didn't.
Can't even remotely compare Reagan vs. the current right wing repubs.
A for instance:
Under Reagan, the highest tax bracket was 50%. Under Obama, (Obama, mind you) the highest fed tax bracket thru most of his time in office has been 35%.
I've picked the start of the third term for these two presidents as to where a "higher" tax bracket kicked in. Under Obama, in 2012 the 35% tax rate kicked in at kicked at at $388,000
In 1984, under Reagan, a 38% kicked in at $45,000. Even adjusted for inflation, This is only $101,000.
Another idea - adjusting income to Index by inflation, what is the fed tax rate on someone making their $140,000 dollar, and any income above that? (using married filing jointly)
2012 Obama - 25%
1984, Reagan - the income of $140,000 adjusted to $63,000 due to inflation. The Fed bracket here would be 42%
I like to look at facts, not rhetoric. The new conservatives seem heavy on rhetoric and emotion, but a little light on their pants when it comes to fact (I'll even leave out that many conservatives believe Obama is not a US citizen, and some even believe Osama Bin Laden lives in a room in the White House
Reagan may have been a conservative, but he also would go across party lines to work with the other party. When we have Mitch McConnell, the most powerful republican in the House of Representatives at the time, making from day one his #1 goal to get rid of Obama - that speaks volumes as to the lack of cooperation that Obama was going to receive.
The #1 Goal was to get rid of Obama. Not safety of the people, not to reduce inflation, not to raise wages, not to see that the new generation of americans are better educated - no, none of these. Actually, I would think the goal would be for America to go badly for the next 4 years so Obama would be out of office.
When Obama took office, we had a fairly high unemployment rate. One of congress' first actions was to told the unemployed hostage, refusing to fund unemployment benefits if there was one penny of tax increase on those making over $300,000.
How crazy is that? The tax rate was much higher under Reagan.
But as to Cruz -He's nothing like Reagan, and for that matter Reagan probably would not recognize the current republican party. Cruz is way to far off of mainstream america to win an election - so again, I hope he gets the republican nomination.