Those are some pretty big shoes to fill…..

”Wednesday on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” Limbaugh suggested, “In terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism, there’s nobody closer,” than Cruz to Reagan.

“If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than [score]Ted Cruz[/score], because you are exactly right: This is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan,” Limbaugh said.

He criticized former Florida Gov. [score]Jeb Bush[/score] and Ohio Gov. [score]John Kasich[/score] for — from his perspective — caving on their conservative principles in order to court more moderate votes in the New Hampshire primary.

Limbaugh continued, “Here, let me just say something right off the bat, and I’ve said this before. I opened the program with it yesterday,” Limbaugh said. “When I saw what Jeb and Kasich were doing in New Hampshire at the last minute in order to get votes, they were going left as fast as Deion Sanders can back-pedal. They were moving left faster than anybody I’ve ever seen go left. And I opened the program yesterday saying you will never ever have to worry about that with Ted Cruz.”

The comparison between Cruz and Reagan has been cultivated in large part by Cruz himself. In his Iowa victory speech on Feb. 1, Cruz asked the crowd, “Do you want to know what scares the Washington cartel?”

“You,” they shouted back.

“Actually, not remotely. I don’t scare them in the tiniest bit. What scares them is you,” he said, pointing to the crowd. “What scares them is that the old Reagan coalition is coming back together, of conservatives. We’re seeing conservatives and evangelicals and libertarians and Reagan Democrats all coming together as one — and that terrifies Washington, D.C.”

Ronald Reagan is the gold standard of conservatives. We have long been clamoring for someone with Reagan’s strength and steadfastness, coupled with his eloquence and charm.

Do you agree with Rush?

Source: Limbaugh: Ted Cruz Is ‘The Closest In Our Lifetimes We Have Ever Been To Ronald Reagan’ [AUDIO] | The Daily Caller