|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 has been supported by the Tea Party movement, Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, the Family Research Council, Erick Erickson of RedState, Mark Levin, Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Pat Toomey, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
In the Texas Senate primary elections of May 29, 2012, Cruz forced a runoff with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. The pair emerged from a nine-candidate Republican field. 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 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 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.
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]
- Official Senate campaign website
- facebook page
- Twitter page
- 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).
- ↑ 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).