Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton Start Competing For the Nerd Vote

Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton Start Competing For the Nerd Vote

The primaries are still looming on the horizon, and the candidates are letting us know their positions on important issues that the nerd voting bloc cares about.

Hillary vs. Ted in the Battle for the Nerd Vote
Hillary vs. Ted in the Battle for the Nerd Vote

For example, Ted Cruz proved quite adeptly in a podcast interview recently that he speaks fluent nerd, and established some fan boy cred with one simple declaration.

“Just for the record, Han Solo shot first.”

And there you go. Cruz also said that he skipped the last Democrat debate in favor of seeing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” (You and most of the country, Ted, if the box office returns are any indication.) He also said that he prefers the original Star Trek series to the Next Generation (but no comment on Deep Space Nine? Really, Senator Cruz?) and that he is keeping up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (I’m still waiting on a comment on “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Show the DC fans some respect, here).

So Cruz definitely gets points for being willing to go full nerd for an interview without making a major faux pas.

Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton is now angling for a corner on the X-Files fan base by saying that aliens might have already stopped by Earth.

Last year, Bill Clinton told late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel that he wouldn’t be surprised if Earth is visited by aliens since so many planets out there may support life.

“I just hope it’s not like ‘Independence Day,'” said Clinton, referring to a movie about alien invaders.

When asked about her husband’s nonchalant comment about contact with the third kind, Hillary Clinton responded: “I think we may have been (visited already). We don’t know for sure.”

Clinton also said she would like to look into Area 51, a secret military base in Nevada that has long been rumored to contain aliens. At first, she called it Area 54 and then corrected herself.

Oops. I guess we should blame John Podesta for not prepping her better on that minor detail.

She also noted that campaign chairman John Podesta, who served as White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton and in Barack Obama’s White House, is a major fan of UFO theories.

“He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out,” Clinton said. “One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.”

Except that Bill already told Jimmy Kimmel in that same interview referenced above that there isn’t anything at Area 51. So, either Bill Clinton is lying (well, that’s not a stretch) or Hillary never pays attention to her husband (okay, also not a stretch. Maybe it’s both). Or maybe the Clinton marriage license is filed somewhere in the Twilight Zone. That would explain a lot about their relationship.

I’d say Ted Cruz has a better chance of cornering the nerd vote at the moment – unless Donald Trump can promise to get the next two Star Wars movies released right after the election. Then all bets are off.

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