Candidate Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is currently the junior United States Senator from Texas. He was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada. At the time of his birth Cruz’s parents were both working in the oil business. His father fled from Cuba in 1957 to attend the University of Texas and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005. Cruz graduate from Princeton University in 1992, and received a law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1995. After working in private practice for five years Cruz joined George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, working as a policy adviser. Despite longshot odds Cruz won a Senate seat in 2012 in what the Washington post deemed, "the biggest upset of 2012.” The senator from Texas made a name for himself by playing a key role in bringing about a government shutdown in 2013 when he made a 21-hour speech against President Barack Obama's healthcare plan. Cruz announced he was running for president in March 2015.

Ted Cruz, October 2015

The truth of the matter is, big government benefits the wealthy, it benefits the lobbyists, it benefits the giant corporations. And the people who are getting hammered are small businesses, it's single moms, it's Hispanics. That is who I'm fighting for.

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About the Candidate:

Birth December 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta Canada

Age on Inauguration Day 45 years old

Religion Southern Baptist

Education Princeton University, Harvard Law School

Family Cruz met his wife, Heidi, while working for the Bush campaign of 2000. They have two daughters.

Net worth $3 million

Political career Ted Cruz worked in private practice for five years before joining the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000. He served as Solicitor General of Texas from 2003-2008 before returning to private practice. Despite long shot odds Cruz became Senator for Texas in 2012.

Top 5 donor industries Republican/Conservative, Oil & Gas, Lawyers/Law Firms, Retired, Securities & Investment

Ted Cruz on

Abortion

Pro-life candidate, plans to end Planned Parenthood funding as president. Has stated he would only allow abortion in cases where mother’s life is in danger.

"Life is a gift from God. It is our most basic right. Without life, there is no liberty. I have fought to protect the sanctity of life, including winning cases at the Supreme Court to restrict abortions. If I am elected president, I will instruct my Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood on day one and I will defend the dignity of life."

He has attacked the movement for "embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers."

"When people say black lives matter, absolutely black lives matter, and the consequence of President Obama’s and the attorney general’s vilification of law enforcement is, many more black lives have been lost."

He has stated support for unlimited campaign contributions.

"I believe in free speech and the First Amendment, which means everyone here has a right to speak out in politics as effectively as possible to speak out and make your views known, whether that is standing on a street corner on a soap box, whether that is printing out a yard sign, whether that is spending money to run a radio ad or a TV ad, effectively communicating.”

Ted Cruz is a climate change denier and has stated that climate change believers “are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.”

Supports capital punishment, "I believe in the death penalty."

Has stated support for states being laboratories of democracy on legal marijuana. Wants to see what happens in Colorado with the legalization of marijuana. Supports lowering minimums and mandatory sentencing for drugs.

"The truth of the matter is, big government benefits the wealthy, it benefits the lobbyists, it benefits the giant corporations. And the people who are getting hammered are small businesses, it's single moms, it's Hispanics. That is who I'm fighting for.”

Opposes minimum wage increase, says it “consistently hurts the most vulnerable.”

Wants to “repeal every word of Common Core”, give local control.

Has voted in favor of a bipartisan bill which capped student loan interest rates and fixed them for the life of the loan.

"Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation. That every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or zip code, every child in America has a right to a quality education."

Supported the Keystone pipeline. Proposed energy bill with fewer restrictions on fracking. Received $15 million donation from fracking billionaires.

"I will embrace an energy policy that utilizes the bountiful resources in this land - from oil to natural gas to ethanol - producing abundant and affordable gas and electricity resources."

Says the solution to ISIS is military power. Strongly opposes the Iran deal. Also opposes bringing migrants to U.S., says U.S. should support regional allies instead. Supports military’s ability to recruit, grow.

“We will utterly destroy ISIS... We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion. I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.”

He is a strong 2nd amendment and NRA supporter. Has voted against banning high-capacity magazines.

"The right to self-defense is an essential component of the liberty we enjoy as Americans and is embodied in the Second Amendment."

"If I am elected President, I will repeal Obamacare and propose commonsense reform that makes health care personal, portable, and affordable. I will expand competition in the marketplace, empower consumers and patients to make healthcare decisions with their doctors, and disempower the government from getting in between doctors and their patients."

Has stated that a path to citizenship is “profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules.” Wants to triple size of Border Patrol.

"We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to triple the border patrol. We’re going to... increase four-fold, the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, so that you have technology monitoring an attempted incursion to direct the boots on the ground where they’re occurring."

"Religious liberty is the first freedom guaranteed to Americans under the Constitution, and ensuring the protection of that right has been a priority my entire adult life.”

Voted against a bill to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Strongly opposed to gay marriage; told states not specifically named in S.C. gay marriage ruling to “ignore it."

Voted against Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

"We need to preserve and strengthen Social Security. For seniors, Social Security and Medicare should stay the same. For younger workers, we should gradually increase the retirement age, change the rate of growth in benefits of so that it matches inflation, and allow them to keep a portion of their tax payments in a personal account that they own."

Has stated that as president he would abolish the IRS and establish a flat tax.

"We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer."

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