|U.S. Senator from Texas|
From: January 3, 2013 - Present
|Predecessor||Kay Bailey Hutchison|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (born December 22, 1970, in Calgary, Canada) is the junior United States Senator from Texas, having won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012. A Republican, Cruz was a Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senator Cruz is the first candidate to run for president in 2020, announcing the forming of multiple organizations for such purpose even prior to the official nomination by the Republican Party of Donald Trump in the summer of 2016. Cruz thinks this is 1976 (it isn't), and that Cruz is Ronald Reagan (Cruz isn't). By most accounts Cruz ended his national political career by selfishly refusing during his televised address at the Republican 2016 convention to endorse Donald Trump, and Cruz was loudly booed by the audience for it.
Cruz's wife Heidi is an executive for Goldman Sachs and is currently on leave from that liberal investment bank. She plays a prominent role in his campaign and policy positions, and fundraising. Ted Cruz has sided with some feminist positions. Heidi has been a member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and was on the task force that recommended the leftist North American Union. Reportedly neither Ted Cruz nor his wife donated anything to churches, including what they describe as their own church, from 2006 to 2010, the most recent time period Cruz has released.
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 Attorneys General to seek reconsideration 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 Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution 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 an American. After Cruz's birth in Alberta, Canada, the family moved to Texas.
Cruz is a Southern Baptist, married with two children. Ted Cruz broke his pledge to support the 2016 GOP nominee.
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, League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry, Van Orden v. Perry, 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 exposé 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 U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a Senator from Texas, Cruz could have blocked the nomination. Instead, Cruz's support made it happen.
Within five months of his confirmation in May 2014, Judge Costa then voted in favor of rehearing Planned Parenthood's case in their attempt to reverse a Fifth Circuit's ruling that had upheld the pro-women, pro-life Texas House Bill 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.
It was obvious prior to Ted Cruz's recommendation that Judge Costa was not pro-life. In one of his decisions as a United States 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.
Cruz believes that President Obama should not nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and that the Senate should not confirm any nominee he selects.
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]
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 (even though she voted in Canadian elections), 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] Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship on May 14, 2014.
The New York Times has engaged in a scheme to keep Cruz's book off of its bestseller list. At issue was the practice of some politicians to pre-purchase a large quantity of books for use by their campaigns with the hope that those purchases would place the books on the bestseller list for one week. The New York Times tries to exclude those bulk campaign purchases from the totals used to determine which books have the top sales. The question is whether the bestseller list shows what books the public buys rather than which books the politicians give away.
"Tonight's speech was less a State of the Union and more a state of denial." (January 12, 2016)
A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America (2015)
Ted Cruz: For God and Country (2015)
- 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
- Cruz has been listed as an author of more than eighty U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued in nine before the U.S. Supreme Court, plus another 31 before other courts. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
- Reagan lost the Republican nomination for president in 1976, but then won the nomination and the presidency in 1980.
- Analysis by Richard Viguerie, a former Cruz supporter
- "Building a North American Community/More about this publication" (May 2005). Council on Foreign Relations website/Canada.
- Cruz, Ted (May 20, 2013). Senator Ted Cruz: Confronting the threat of radical Islam. FrontPage Magazine. See FrontPage Magazine
- Ted Cruz's 1992 Princeton Undergrad Thesis, "Clipping the Wings of Angels"
- "What was Ted Cruz like at Harvard?" (May 30, 2015). Huffington Post website/Metro New York blog. See Huffington Post.
- The embarrassment of Senator Ted Cruz. New York Times website (September 24, 2013). See New York Times
- Root, Jay (July 3, 2012). "Cruz mega-donor is gay, pro-pot billionaire". The Texas Tribune website.
- Ratcliffe, R. G. (March 22, 2015). "Ted Cruz's gay marriage money". TexasMonthly website.
- "Dallas Morning News: Senate confirms Cornyn and Cruz pick for appeals court" (May 20, 2014). Ted Cruz U.S. Senate webpage/Press office/News.
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Tex. Surgical Health Servs. v. Abbott, Vol. 769 Federal Reporter, 3rd series Opinion 330, p. 2 (United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit October 9, 2014). Retrieved from United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit website on February 6, 2016.
- "Ted Cruz presidential campaign announcement" (March 23, 2015). C-SPAN video, 38:18. See C-SPAN
- Boyle, Matthew (April 8, 2015). Mark Halperin: Unprecedented $31 million super PAC effort backing Ted Cruz for president. Breitbart News Network/Big government. See Breitbart News Network
- Blake, Aaron. "Cruz Will Renounce Canadian Citizenship", The Washington Post, August 19, 2013. Retrieved on February 6, 2016.
- "Ted Cruz on immigration" (January 20, 2015). On the Issues website.
- Bair, Andrew (June 5, 2013). Pro-life Senator Ted Cruz to address National Right to Life Convention. LifeNews.com. See LifeNews.com
- "Ted Cruz on the issues/Ted Cruz on crime" (February 2015). On the Issues website.
- Tomasky, Michael (September 9, 2013). Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and their craven and brazen hypocrisy on Syria. The Daily Beast. See The Daily Beast
- Weiner, Rachel (April 29, 2013). Ted Cruz mocks Senate Republican ‘squishes’. Washington Post. See Washington Post
- Howerton, Jason (July 9, 2015). Despite stellar sales, New York Times keeps Ted Cruz’s new book off bestseller list—here’s the excuse given. The Blaze website. See The Blaze.