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How Donald Trump and Ted Cruz differ on the issues

Major Garrett, CBS News

Sarah Palin's endorsement helps Trump deflect attacks from Cruz over Trump's conservative credentials. But the candidates differ on several issues, including taxes, government surveillance and immigration.

The GOP Establishment Has Found The One Thing That Can Make Donald Trump Palatable: Ted Cruz

Ryan Grim & Sam Stein, The Huffington Post

There is ample reason for Republican insiders to feel more affinity to the real estate mogul than to the brash Texas tea party senator. As Craig Shirley noted, Washington has spent decades doing business with Trump, if not personally begging him for checks.

Long-Time Leaders of Conservative Movement Unite in Support of Ted Cruz

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Richard Viguerie, the pioneer in direct-mail fundraising, makes the conservative political case for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign with the vigor and energy of a man five decades younger. “Ted Cruz is the best conservative candidate since Ronald Reagan,” Viguerie tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “He’s what we’ve waited for ever since Reagan. He checks all our boxes.”

Ted Cruz goes hunting with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson in new Iowa ad

Christine Ayala, The Dallas Morning News

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Roberson has a short list of requirements for his presidential candidate; “Is he or she Godly, does he or she love us, can he or she do the job, and finally would they kill a duck and put him in a pot and make him a good duck gumbo?”

Donald Trump Gets Personal in Attacks on Ted Cruz at Tea Party Convention

Alex Rappeport, The New York Times

The crowd booed when Trump attacked Cruz in South Carolina. “I was happy to see Ted stand up to Donald,” said a Mr. Anderko, “I think Trump is scared in Iowa.”

CNN Christmas Gift to Conservatives: Cruz 48%, Hillary 46%

Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director

Republicans enjoy a 9 point "enthusiasm gap" over Democrats and while Trump leads GOP field by double digits he loses to Hillary. Cruz while running second in GOP field, beats Hillary 48% to 46%.

Trump’s Biggest Donors – Paul Ryan & Mitch McConnell

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

The passage of the Obama - Ryan - McConnell omnibus killed whatever hope Jeb Bush and the other establishment candidates might have had to regain some momentum going into the Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina contests. The only remaining question for conservatives and Republicans to answer is whether they choose the incendiary and unpredictable commentary of Mr. Trump or the proven limited government constitutional conservatism of Senator Cruz to represent them in the contest against Hillary Clinton in November.