Rafael Edward Cruz (1970- ), better known as Ted Cruz, is the junior senator from Texas. In 2016 he is running for US president as a Republican, hard to the right of Donald Trump. He is the son of a Baptist preacher and the husband of a manager director at Goldman Sachs, a big Wall Street bank.
Votes: Cruz appeals to Evangelical Christians, who make up about half of Republicans. He is one of their own.
Money: He gets money from Sheldon Adelson (pro-Israel), the Koch brothers (oil industry) and the Wilks Brothers (fracking). Cruz speaks kindly of Netanyahu, Israel’s hard-right prime minister, and calls climate change “a so-called scientific theory.”
The horse race: Cruz is unlikely to get enough delegates in state races to win the Republican nomination outright. But so long as he stays in the race, Trump is unlikely to either. That will leave the choice to the party convention in July.
Endorsements: six current governors, National Review, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Thomas Sowell, James Dobson, Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch, etc.
Achievements: Ted Cruz led the shutdown the US government in 2013, bringing the country to the edge of default on its debts. He was trying to block ObamaCare, President Obama’s health care reforms. He also opposed gun control, raising the minimun wage to $10.10 and shortening prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
Policy: As president he wants to:
- Overturn ObamaCare.
- Defeat ISIS: “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.”
- Get rid of the IRS by passing a 10% flat tax on income.
- “Secure the border” to control the number of people coming from Mexico.
US Constitution: He is a big believer in the US Constitution. In high school he knew a shortened version of it by heart. But while he is big on gun rights and religious liberty, he is against birthright citizenship, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and wants:
“law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighbourhoods before they become radicalized.”
Frank Gaffney, a Cruz adviser, is “one of America’s most notorious Islamophobes” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Black Lives Matter he says is “embracing and celebrating the murder of police officers.”
Education and experience: like Obama in 2008, Cruz has a Harvard Law degree and three years of Senate experience. He is 45, a year younger than Obama was back then. At Princeton University he was a champion debater. As solicitor-general of Texas (2003-2008), he argued nine cases before the US Supreme Court. As a corporate lawyer he made millions.
Birth: Cruz was born in Canada – yet Birthers are not going nuts. Like Obama, his father is foreign-born (Cuba) but his mother is US-born. That makes him a natural-born US citizen, required for becoming president.
The Latino vote: In his Senate race he lost the Latino vote. Cruz’s mother is Anglo and he grew up in Anglo neighbourhoods. Unlike Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, he cannot campaign in Spanish.
– Abagond, 2016.
- 2016 election for US president
- Black Lives Matter
- Voting Rights Act of 1965
- mass incarceration of Black men
- Barack Obama – the post I wrote about him in 2007
- Anglo Americans
- Thomas Sowell