|U.S. Senator from Texas|
From: January 3, 2013 - Present
|Predecessor||Kay Bailey Hutchison|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Ted Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is the junior United States Senator from Texas, having won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012. A conservative Republican, he is the former Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state before the U.S. Supreme Court. Cruz has authored more than eighty U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued forty oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Cruz is promoted heavily by neocons who like his interventionalist foreign policy, but some conservatives see more grandstanding than achievement on social issues. Cruz would not pledge to prohibit enforcement of the homosexual marriage decision in Obergefell, and failed to ask the parties in that case to petition for rehearing of the 5-4 decision.
In prior elections, Cruz has been supported by the Tea Party movement, Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Erick Erickson of RedState, Mark Levin, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but also by pro-homosexual donors as discussed below.
In the Texas Senate primary elections of May 29, 2012, Cruz finished second to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, but the nine-candidate Republican field forced a run-off. On July 31, Cruz defeated Dewhurst in a second round of voting. Cruz easily defeated Democrat former State Representative Paul Sadler in the general election.
Cruz's father Rafael Bienvenido Cruz fought alongside the communist Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution when he was only 14 years old and was imprisoned three years later for his political activities. In 1957, he escaped to the United States. Today he is a pastor in Dallas. Cruz's mother is American. After Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada, the family moved to Texas. Cruz is a Southern Baptist, married with two children.
Cruz attended Princeton where he authored a senior thesis on the 9th and 10th amendments, titled "Clipping the Wings of Angels".
As a student at Harvard Law School, Cruz was more of a libertarian than a social conservative. He graduated magna cum laude, with his Juris Doctor degree.
Texas Solicitor General
Cruz served as Solicitor General for the state of Texas. While Solicitor General, Cruz was involved with court cases such as Medellin v. Texas, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, and D.C. v. Heller.
Cruz was elected as a member of the Senate in 2012. Beginning on September 24, 2013, Cruz gave a 21-hour speech on the senate floor against Obamacare. The speech greatly boosted his national profile and led to denunciations from the liberal media.
Campaigns Financed by Substantial Pro-Homosexual Donations
The Texas Tribune determined in 2012 that Ted Cruz's:
|“||largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election.||”|
The Texas Monthly ran a similar expose entitled, "Ted Cruz's Gay Marriage Money." This article described how one of Cruz's donors has been:
|“||Paul Elliott Singer of the hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation. Singer, whose son married his partner, donated $425,000 and raised another $500,000 to push for legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. In 2012, Singer donated $1 million to the American Unity PAC, with the purpose of supporting candidates who back gay marriage. Singer gave Cruz $25,000 in 2009.||”|
In April, the New York Times ran an article about the special fundraising meeting that Cruz had in Manhattan with homosexual potential donors: "At New York Reception, Ted Cruz Said to Strike Different Tone Toward Gays."
Ted Cruz recommended Judge Gregg Costa for nomination and confirmation to the Fifth Circuit. As a Senator from Texas, Cruz could have blocked the nomination. Instead, Cruz's support made it happen.
Within five months of confirmation, Judge Costa then voted in favor of Planned Parenthood in trying to reverse a Fifth Circuit ruling that had upheld the pro-women, pro-life HB 2, a good law that resulted in the closure of roughly half the abortion clinics in Texas. Judge Edith Jones and the majority of the Fifth Circuit outvoted Costa on the petition for rehearing en banc in Planned Parenthood of Greater Tex. Surgical Health Servs. v. Abbott, 769 F.3d 330 (Oct. 9, 2014, 5th Cir. 2014).
It was obvious prior to Ted Cruz's recommendation that Judge Costa was not pro-life. In one of his decisions as a district court judge in 2012, Judge Costa uncritically cited Roe v. Wade for a procedural point. Judge Costa had also been a Democrat volunteer in college in the 1990s.
2016 Presidential Race
On March 23, 2015, Cruz became the first person to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president in 2016 in a speech before an audience at Liberty University. The predictable liberal media immediately went on the offense claiming he has no chance but was in awe of his speech without teleprompters.[Citation Needed] His wife would take a leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs to join her husband on the campaign trail. This decision left his family without health insurance. Cruz, by law, has to be insured and took Obamacare coverage. This drove the media batty at the irony of railing against Obamacare but using it.[Citation Needed] Simply put, this does not mean he endorses Obamacare rather it shows his commitment to follow the rule of law.
The same liberals who mocked opponents of Obama for claiming he was not born in Hawaii have decided to make the same case against Cruz for being born in Canada. Cruz's mother being an American citizen, just like Obama's mother, insures that he is American no matter what country he was born in. There are several differences in Obama/Cruz birth certificate controversies. Cruz released his immediately after it was requested. Obama held onto his for years, spending nearly $4 million in legal fees.[Citation Needed]
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- Official Senate campaign website
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- Ted Cruz Videos
- Ted Cruz 2016 campaign website
- Ted Cruz’s father delivers epic speech touting patriotism and lambasting Obama’s ‘socialist’ inclinations
- Senator Ted Cruz: Confronting The Threat of Radical Islam. FrontPage Magazine (May 20, 2013).
- Ted Cruz's 1992 Princeton Undergrad Thesis, "Clipping the Wings of Angels"
- The Embarrassment of Senator Ted Cruz. The New York Times (September 24th, 2013).
- Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign Announcement. CSPAN (March 23, 2015).
- Mark Halperin: Unprecedented $31 Million Super PAC Effort Backing Ted Cruz For President. Breitbart.com (April 8, 2015).
- Ted Cruz on Immigration
- Pro-Life Senator Ted Cruz to Address National Right to Life Convention. LifeNews.com (June 5, 2013).
- Ted Cruz on the issues
- Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Their Craven and Brazen Hypocrisy on Syria. The Daily Beast (September 09, 2013).
- Ted Cruz mocks Senate Republican ‘squishes’. Washington Post (April 29, 2013).
- Despite Stellar Sales, New York Times Keeps Ted Cruz’s New Book Off Bestseller List — Here’s the Excuse Given. The Blaze (July 9, 2015).