Rick Tyler is a Political Analyst for MSNBC Cable News Network. A professional communications strategist, Rick has helped hundreds of candidates prepare for the rigors of campaigning for public office. Rick served as the National Spokesperson and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz during his 2016 presidential campaign. Rick took seriously the challenge of the reality TV star and real estate developer. He advised Cruz on how to effectively handle Trump. That strategy paid off in keeping Cruz a contender until the race was a choice between Trump and Cruz.