Election 2016 is expected to be the most expensive and possibly the most contentious Republican Party presidential race in history. Ted Cruz has been lagging in national polls and threw his hat in the ring early in the hopes that he would gain some leverage. Having made the big announcement regarding his candidacy at the nation’s largest Christian college, Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz plans on wooing evangelical Christians and Tea Party supporters.
So, how did the Texas senator arrive at this point? Ted Cruz’s father relocated to Texas from Cuba at the age of 18. He was penniless and couldn’t speak English. Ted was born in Calgary, Alberta, where his parents were employed working in oil fields. Then, in 1974 they returned to the Houston area. In high school, at Second Baptist High School, Ted gave several speeches based on Mises and Hayek and graduated as valedictorian in 1988. Following graduation from high school, Ted enrolled at Princeton and later Harvard Law School where he graduated magna cum laude.
Career (Courtesy of Ballotpedia)
- 2013-Present: U.S. Senator from Texas
- 2003-2008: Solicitor General of Texas
- 1995-2003: Worked in the following positions: Law clerk to Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist, associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission.
Cruz serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
- Judiciary Committee
- Rules and Administration Committee
- Joint Economic Committee
Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, whose parents were missionaries, grew up in Africa. While still in grade school, Heidi launched a bread-baking business with her brother.
Ted describes their relationship, saying “And then Heidi becomes my wife and my very best friend in the world. Heidi becomes an incredible mom to our two precious little girls.” They have two daughters–Catherine and Caroline, ages 4 and 6, respectively. Heidi is a managing director at Goldman Sachs, the investment firm she joined in 2005. She is in charge of the Houston wealth management unit, which handles portfolios for clients with an average net worth of $40 million. But, she will be taking an unpaid leave of absence for the duration of Ted’s campaign.
Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Heidi worked for the George W. Bush administration, and she met Ted while both of them were working on the Bush 2000 presidential campaign. Equipped with a degree from Harvard Business School and a graduate degree in business from a Belgian university, Heidi initially turned down the job offer from Goldman, preferring instead to work on the Bush campaign. On the Bush campaign Heidi’s efforts were focused on Bush’s economic policy. Upon completion of the campaign, Heidi began working with Condoleezza Rice on the National Security Council.
Edward Haley, an international studies professor at Claremont McKenna College, who taught Heidi as an undergraduate and has kept in touch with her over the years, said that she always had aspirations to serve in government. Running for office, however, was something she was never interested in, according to Haley. “She was meant to be a businesswoman, but she also had a very, very strong commitment to public service,” he said. “She’s bright and funny and self-deprecating, and very serious at the same time.”
Ted Cruz – Viewpoints & Voting Record on Key Issues:
- Companies can deny insuring birth control. (Apr 2012)
- Protect innocent human life with partial-birth ban. (Jul 2011)
- Opposes public abortion funding. (Oct 2012)
- Opposes churches providing birth control. (Oct 2012)
- Opposes unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions. (Jul 2011)
- Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
- Opposes restricting the Second Amendment. (Oct 2012)
- Oppose the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
- Lost Generation: Obama agenda hammers young people. (Mar 2014)
- Balanced budget amendment to stop bankrupting our country. (Mar 2014)
- Choice is more federal spending, or free markets & liberty. (Aug 2012)
- FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP. (Aug 2012)
- Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
- Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
- Supports a constitutional BBA. (Oct 2012)
- Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
- Endorsed by theClub for Growth, for pro-growth stances. (Aug 2012)
- Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Feb 2013)
- Education decisions best made at local level. (Jun 2012)
- Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
- Cuba is oppressive but never misses chance to propagandize. (Oct 2014)
- Vigorous sanctions against Putin; help eastern Ukraine. (Jul 2014)
- Opposes TSA and National Defense Authorization Act. (Sep 2012)
- Fierce advocate of recruiting and growing the military. (Jul 2011)
- Supportsbanning military gay marriage. (Oct 2012)
- Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. (Mar 2013)
- Bomb ISIS back to the Stone Age. (Oct 2014)
- Arm & aid the Peshmerga Kurds against ISIS. (Oct 2014)
- Bomb ISIS back into the Stone Age, with Congress’ approval. (Sep 2014)
- Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went on too long. (Jun 2012)
- Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (May 2013)
- End Obama’s illegal amnesty via Congress’ checks & balances. (Nov 2014)
- Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded. (Nov 2014)
- No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas. (Oct 2012)
- Give police more power to ask about immigration status. (Jun 2012)
- Boots on the ground, plus a wall. (Apr 2012)
- Triple the size of the Border Patrol. (Mar 2012)
- Strengthen border security and increase enforcement. (Jul 2011)
Ted Cruz is the best choice for anti-amnesty voters. According to Daniel Greenfield, “He has made it very clear that he opposes a path to citizenship. There’s a Texas Tribune story that is problematic on his position on guest worker status for illegals, but it doesn’t contain a single unambiguous and decisive quote.”
GOP “centrists” such as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio advocate straight amnesty which translates to a path to citizenship.
Cruz has only sponsored one bill that was passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama. In the 113th Congress, he introduced 25 bills and 10 so far in the current session. Of the 25 bills Cruz introduced in the 113th Congress, two made it through the Senate. Only three Republican Senators, however, in the 113th Congress were able to push more than two bills through the upper chamber.
Cruz most likes to partner up with Sen. Mike Lee of Utah–the pair have co-sponsored 14 bills together.
Cruz’s propensity towards public speaking in high school has continued as he has given 217 speeches on the floor of the Senate. The Quorum algorithm considers an address as a speech if it exceeds 300 characters. The last four speeches Cruz gave on the Senate floor were delivered in January in support of a bill to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline. His record of speeches has ranked him as the fifth most active Senate floor speaker.
Cruz’s Senate Twitter account has more than 400,000 followers and his new presidential candidate account is quickly approaching that number. The Senate account averages 470 RTs per tweet which is the highest among senators. All of Cruz’s favorite hashtags are related to repealing ObamaCare: #MakeDCListen, #DefundObamaCare, #FullRepeal and #DontFundIt. To stay current on Ted Cruz ‘ s legislative actions, visit his website at www.TedCruz.org.
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