declared his old quotes "off-record"--because goodness knows there's fun to be had mining that pile. Of course, just as there was some statement to be wrung from Senator Cruz' announcement at Liberty University, the choice of Galt House seems like it could be symbolic--Galt Goes White House? Or maybe it just seemed like a fitting staging ground (I know, I'm stretching) for a planned assault on Washington, as a loose interpretation of "Defeat the Washington Machine" and the little torch logo might imply?
He's got a few new old ideas, like term limits--which I'm sure makes his father, former 12-term Representative from TX, Ron Paul, proud, and a balanced budget scheme, which is probably not ever going to happen and is stuffed with bad ideas. But his real problem is that, as a freshman senator, he has to demonstrate some kind of consistent political philosophy--I'm not sure he does that, so far. He's also got to figure out a way to not come off as a prickly britches when someone points it out. If his views can be "mischaracterized", as he might put it, so regularly, perhaps he hasn't done a great job articulating himself?
Otherwise, if his plan is bits cadged from his old man's two runs for president and the 1994 Contract with America, one might wonder exactly what new thing he brings to the race?