Who Is Ted Cruz?

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An Ultra Conservative Lineage

Lifelong ultraconservative Ted Cruz was born on December 22, 1970, and grew up in Texas.  His conservative views have originated primarily from his family. His father Rafael and mother Eleanor split up because of his father’s newfound apathy toward religion. They reunited after Rafael had developed interest in religion again.

Early Life

Cruz has been famous for his oratory since his youth. He studied at Princeton University, where he was an award-winning debater. Distinguished religious conservative Professor Robert George mentored him while at Princeton. Cruz’s whole life, however, has been under conservative guidelines. He graduated from Princeton in 1992 and joined Harvard Law School, where he challenged the liberal ideals of one of his instructors, lawyer Alan Dershowitz. He practiced law for a few years before joining Republican politics.

Political Career

In 2000, he campaigned for President Bush and began work in politics in earnest. His vigorous contributions on behalf of Bush in Florida were remarkable. He worked as a policy adviser for Bush’s election campaign. Cruz became the Solicitor General of Texas in 2003. In his campaign for the Senate, he appeared to initially be the underdog. However, his ultraconservative views won him the support of Republicans like Rand Paul and he eventually won the election, despite initially lagging behind his opponents. He took the Senate office in 2013 and became an outspoken critic of the Obama administration. Lately, he has become notable for his conservative speeches and opposition to Obamacare.

Opposition from Less Conservative Republicans

Ted Cruz doesn’t have unanimous popularity among Republicans; comparatively liberal Republicans like Senator John McCain don’t necessarily support Cruz, even though he is a very candid conservative. John McCain said that conservatives like Ron Paul and Cruz are "wacko birds," and they don’t represent all the Republicans.

Presidential Ambition

Ted Cruz officially declared his candidacy for President  on March 23, 2015. Appearing at Liberty University, Cruz convened the faithful to rally to his side. He said, "Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values."  He has significant support from evangelical supporters, but his ability to win more moderate voters has been questioned by some experts.

Ted Cruz’s Social and National Policies

His stand on social issues is more conservative than that of other candidates. He believes in marriage between a man and a woman and is a vigorous opponent of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage will be, he said, " very much front and center something I intend to campaign on." Announcing his run for the presidential election, Cruz said, "Instead of a federal government that works to undermine our values, imagine a federal government that works to defend the sanctity of human life, and to uphold the sacrament of marriage." As a hopeful candidate of 2016 he wants more security at the border. He recently has called for more “boots on the ground.”

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