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Biden, Sen. Ted Cruz Speak in South Carolina Amid 2016 Buzz

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina got a taste of two very different political acts Friday night.

On one side was Vice President Joe Biden, a 35-year veteran of the Senate who showered praise on his old congressional colleagues and drew on his standard stump speech from the 2012 campaign, talking about Democrats’ commitment to the middle class and declaring that Republicans are “down on America.”

“One of the things that bothers me most about the new Republican party is how down on America they are, how down on our prospects they are, how they talk about how we’re getting clobbered, how they talk about things that have no relationship to reality, all in the name of making sure that the very few at the top do very well,” Biden said at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner Friday night.

On the other side, two miles down the road, was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a rising star in the Republican Party, less than six months into his first term as a senator. Cruz wooed the South Carolina Republicans with his talk of repealing President Obama’s healthcare plan and protecting constitutional rights.

“We should be defending the fourth and fifth amendments against an administration that recognizes no limits on its powers,” Cruz said at the South Carolina GOP’s Silver Elephant Dinner as he went through each of the constitutional rights he believes the Obama administration is threatening.

Biden and Cruz each traveled to South Carolina, known as the “First in the South” primary state, to honor leaders in their respective parties, but the visits fueled speculation about each man’s intentions for the presidential election three years from now.

The vice president acknowledged that his trip to South Carolina would create a buzz about 2016 but insisted he solely came to celebrate Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., who was being honored at the evening’s fundraiser.

“I love coming down here to South Carolina…As soon as I show up in South Carolina, the Washington press corps comes out saying, ‘Is Biden getting ready?’” he said, before adding that he came at the request of Clyburn. “I’ve got to make clear — I would go anywhere Jim asked me to go.”

As they opined before their party faithful Friday evening, both politicians were very cognizant of the other’s presence in South Carolina. Biden referenced the Silver Elephant Dinner occurring down the road multiple times in his speech but refrained from mentioning the Texas senator by name, instead jokingly saying “I don’t want to make any news tonight.”

But Cruz was a bit more direct in his acknowledgement of Biden, who he challenged to a debate over the Second Amendment at the National Rifle Association in Houston, Texas earlier on Friday.

“So Vice President Joe Biden’s in town,” Cruz said to laughs. “You know the great thing is you don’t even need a punch line? You just say that and people laugh.”

Cruz admitted Republicans are “demoralized” by the results of the 2012 election but predicted the political fortunes of the GOP will change in 2014.

“Things can change quickly,” he said. “I am convinced with your help we’re going to take back the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Asked if Cruz is a viable presidential candidate, former Sen. Jim DeMint, head of the Heritage Foundation, who was being honored at Friday night’s event, told reporters that voters are clamoring for a leader like Cruz but said Friday’s speech wasn’t a signal of a presidential run.

“Give the guy a break, he’s just coming to speak for us here,” DeMint told reporters. “Everybody comes to South Carolina you say they’re running for president. I can assure you he’s thinking about Senate business and that’s about it right now.”

“He’s one of the strongest Republicans in the country now. I’ve been in 25 cities in the past few months, all I have to do is mention Ted Cruz’s name and people stand up and cheer,” DeMint said. “They’re hungry for someone who’s not afraid and willing to stand up, who’s trying to change the status quo.”

While he didn’t directly express a desire to run in 2016, Cruz did link himself to the early primary state by pointing out the connection between Texas and South Carolina dating back to the Alamo, similar to a story Texas Gov. Rick Perry often referenced while in South Carolina during his presidential bid last year.

“Texas and South Carolina have a long long connection, a connection that goes back centuries…There were two native South Carolinians – William Barret Travis and James Bonham in the Alamo,” Cruz said. “That’s the tradition, that’s the history of South Carolina and Texas, and it’s a tremendous thing. So thank you for the support South Carolina has given then and now as we fight side by side for freedom.”

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Palin Video Spotlights Sen. Ted Cruz, Prepares for Midterm Elections

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- If anyone was wondering if Sarah Palin is going to weigh in on the 2014 midterm elections, that question was answered Wednesday with a resounding yes.

In a video released Wednesday by Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, she revved up conservatives and Tea Party Republicans for 2014 with snippets of her Conservative Political Action Conference speech from earlier this month as well as media coverage praising the speech and her string of successful past endorsements.

[See the full video from Sarah Palin's YouTube Channel here.]

Titled “Loaded for Bear,” the video begins with the praise from the mainstream media she is always quick to criticize as the “lamestream media.”

“Sarah Palin stole the show at this weekend’s CPAC convention,” the video begins. “She is a superstar and she’s used that to get people elected.”

“She still knows how to fire up the conservative faithful,” another television anchor says.

The video’s string of media praising her tenacity and endorsement record is a key part of the video, and despite some of the coverage being a bit dated, it still helps push her view that she doesn’t need a Fox News contract to get her point of view out there or to have the press talking about her.

The other star of the video is new conservative superstar Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who introduced Palin at CPAC.

“She is fearless, she is principled, she can pick winners,” Cruz says in a clip from that introduction. “Sarah Palin jumped in early and supported Rand Paul. She supported Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Pat Toomey, Nikki Haley, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake and myself.”

Over images of Palin at the Iowa State Fair in 2011–when speculation ran high she would enter the GOP primary–as well as footage from Tea Party rallies in Nevada, Palin’s CPAC speech is interspersed.

“Don’t let the big consultants, the big money men and the big bad media scare you off,” Palin says. “They talk about rebranding the GOP instead of restoring the trust of the American people. How about rebuilding the middle class?”

The video then excerpts the part of the former Alaska governor’s speech when she goes after Washington, D.C., establishment Republicans and gives a not-so-veiled dig at Karl Rove and others:

“Now is the time to furlough the consultants and tune out the pollsters. Send the focus groups home and toss the political scripts. Don’t let them invalidate you,” Palin says. “It’s time for We the People to break up the cronyism, and that goes for finding candidates. Look into our communities, our PTAs, our service clubs, small businesses, Tea Party rallies and city halls for people willing to lead.”

The video — made by a production company she often uses named Passcode Creative — doesn’t just go after members of her own party, but the president as well.

As we hear Palin say, “We deserve better than the people who call themselves our leaders,” we see an image of the president playing golf and headlines about the unemployment rate.

Interspersed with video of Palin’s greeting supporters and conservative women like New Mexico’s Susanna Martinez or Nebraska’s Deb Fischer, she warns those watching:

“But we won’t get it unless we fight and this is one fight that’s worth it,” Palin says. “The next election is 20 months away. The last thing we need is Washington, D.C., vetting our candidates.”

The video ends with another cameo from Cruz, “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Governor Sarah Palin,” and her signature mama grizzly roaring with a popular Palin saying, “We haven’t yet begun to fight!”

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