The Wall Street Journal explains while Ted Cruz is popular in Iowa, he’s less popular within the halls of government.
Sen. Ted Cruz is getting rock-star treatment at his 2016 presidential-campaign events. In Iowa, the state he has visited more than any other, a recent poll found more Republicans viewed him favorably than any other GOP candidate.
Among his fellow senators, by contrast, he is one of the most disliked men in Washington. He has been called “wacko bird,” “jackass” and “false prophet.” And that came from Republicans.
The gap between his reputation in Washington and his reception among primary voters isn’t a paradox. It is central to his campaign strategy.
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