On a recent segment of Good Morning America, a voter asked Cruz via video, “Would you accept being Donald Trump’s Vice President?”
His response: “Let me just answer very simply, I have zero interest, whatsoever, in doing it.”
Would you accept…? is a Yes or No question. Ted Cruz responded, “I have zero interest.” That response does not answer the question. He didn’t say no. Using the phrase “I have zero interest” in place of “no” indicates that part of him did think about accepting an offer for Vice President.
Also, as I have previously discussed the use of the work “just” as in “Let me just answer very simply…” is often used to minimize. When the word “just” is used to minimize a person’s actions it is an indication more things transpired than what the person is telling us. The use of the word “just” indicates he may have other intentions.
Likewise, in 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was asked if she had any Presidential aspirations. The specific question posed was, “Would you consider running for President in 2008?”
She responded: “I have never wanted to run for anything.”
That response did not answer the question. She didn’t say no. Using “never” in place of “no” indicates that part of her did think about running for the office.
Listen carefully to responses provided. Do they answer the specific questions asked? If not, there’s more to the story.