Ted Cruz for President

TED CRUZ STANDS WITH RAND PAUL ON NSA FILIBUSTER

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Cruz, who doesn’t entirely agree with Paul on National Security Agency (NSA) bulk data collection as contained in the PATRIOT Act’s Section 215, came to the floor to applaud Paul’s big move for liberty. “I thank the senator from Kentucky,” Cruz said when he took the floor. “I would note he and I agree on a great many issues, although we don’t agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to."

Ted Cruz: the ‘proven conservative’ in 2016 GOP field

Kyle Wingfield, Atlanta Journal Constitution

“I think the reason we’re seeing such incredible enthusiasm is people are fed up with politicians who blow smoke, and they’re looking for someone who’s going to tell ’em the truth, and who will do what he says,” Cruz argued in a speech to the Georgia State GOP Convention adding: “The principles I’ve fought for in the Senate are live within your means, don’t bankrupt our kids and grandkids, follow the Constitution. It’s only in Washington, D.C., that those are considered extreme views; in most of America, that’s basic common sense.” Cruz also invoked Ronald Reagan’s famous call for “bold colors, not pale pastels.”

Influential Texas Conservative Backs Ted Cruz

Bob Ellis, The American Clarion

Influential Judge Paul Pressler has come out in support of Ted Cruz. From the Washington Post: “I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview Saturday. “If you sit down and listen to him you’ll see a passion, you’ll see a dedication to principles, you’ll see a person that understands the issues and can articulate them very well. And I think it’s something that people will listen to,” Pressler said.

Ted Cruz unveils NH endorsements

New Hampshire Union Leader

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz of Texas announced more than 40 conservatives endorsing his campaign in New Hampshire. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-NH former New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien, and New Hampshire Executive Councilor David Wheeler are state co-chairmen for Cruz. "Senator Cruz has distinguished himself as the country's strongest conservative leader in a Congress where too often being an insider is more important than being faithful to the public," O'Brien said. Smith said Cruz was "the best of the best."

Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men

Emily Flitter, Reuters

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from some potential Wall Street donors, including bankers and hedge fund managers, who told Reuters there is more to him than the conservative firebrand of the campaign trail. 

Cruz Battles TPA's Sneaky Immigration Changes

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law. The amendment states that nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 or in any trade agreement subject to the Act “shall alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.”

Tea Party sets sights on White House

Martha T. Moore, USA Today

The Tea Party movement, a product of opposition to President Obama, is set to be a major force in choosing the president who succeeds him. Though less organized and visible than in their earlier days, Tea Party-leaning Republicans now see a nominating process chock-full of presidential hopefuls they helped boost to prominence.

Halperin interview of Ted Cruz Crossed The Line

Ruben Navarrette, Special to The San Jose Mercury-News

Watching Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics interview Cruz recently, I wasn't just uncomfortable. I was actually nauseated. As a journalist, I felt embarrassed for Halperin. As a Hispanic, I felt like I was watching a college fraternity have fun with racial stereotypes, like when staging a "border party" where people show up in serapes and fake mustaches. I kept waiting for Halperin to ask Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing salsa and sipping cafe con leche -- all to prove the Republican is really Cuban.

Ted Cruz Says He Has Asked the Pentagon for Answers on Jade Helm 15

David Weigel, Bloomberg

"My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise," Cruz, a Texas senator, told Bloomberg at the South Carolina Republican Party's annual convention. "We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don't trust what it is saying."

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Senators Both, Lead Republican Attacks on Congress

Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

Some of the most unforgiving criticism of Congress actually comes from the three senators in the GOP race, who are just as eager to dissociate themselves from their line of work as their opponents are to remind voters of it. “Washington is broken. Trust me, I’ve seen it firsthand,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas often says, whether on the Senate floor or at rallies in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sen. Cruz: Congress Must Stop Obama's Bad Iran Deal

“If history teaches any principle with abundant clarity it is that if somebody tells you they want to kill you, believe them," said Senator Ted Cruz about the Obama - Corker Iran deal. We urge you to call your Senators (1-866-220-0044) and tell them "Don't have a fig leaf vote and let the President's bad deal go into effect that undermines our national security. Have a meaningful vote that requires the affirmative approval of Congress." Join us in urging the Senate to defeat the Corker bill or adopt the Cruz-Toomey amendment which is a commonsense fix that will give this bill real teeth by removing the resolution of disapproval and instead would allow an Iran deal to go into effect only if Congress approves it.

New Iowa poll: Scott Walker leads, Jeb Bush in 7th place

Nick Gass, Politico

Below Walker and above Bush, the race is tight between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 13 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 12 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent. “More of those surveyed view Bush unfavorably than favorably, compared to Walker’s 5-1 positive ratio. And 45 percent say Bush is not conservative enough. It’s among the GOP conservative base that Bush finds himself trailing Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.

Cruz on Romney: 'Where he got clobbered was 47%'

Adam Levy, CNN

Speaking about the Latino vote and the economy to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas senator bluntly critiqued on Wednesday Romney's personal assessment that as a candidate he didn't need to worry about that part of the vote because they were government-dependent and would reelect the president in 2012. "Where he got clobbered was 47%," he said. "I think Romney is a good man who had a hard campaign, but I cannot think of a statement in all of politics that I disagree with more strongly."

Cruz: Obama Has ‘Inflamed Racial Tensions’

CBSDC

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, believes that President Barack Obama has “inflamed racial tensions” across the U.S. “President Obama, when he was elected, he could have been a unifying figure. He could’ve chosen to be a leader on race relations and bring us together and he hasn’t done that,” Cruz said. 

On Criminal Justice Reform, Ted Cruz Is Smarter Than Hillary Clinton

Jacob Sullum, Reason

Yesterday the Brennan Center for Justice published an essay collection that highlights both the emerging bipartisan consensus in favor of criminal justice reform and the vacuousness of some politicians who claim to support that cause. The book, titled Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice, features worthy and substantive contributions from, among others, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and then there are former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who either support policies that contribute to overincarceration and excessive punishment, fail to acknowledge their past support for such policies, or have nothing specific to say about how to correct those policies.

Cruz: 'Liberal fascism' threatens 'religious freedom'

Caitlin MacNeal, TPM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday criticized Democrats for attacking religious freedom and alienating Christians in the U.S. "Today’s Democratic Party has decided there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party," Cruz said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit.

Cruz: Congress Must Approve Any Iran Deal

Senators Ted Cruz and Pat Toomey

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, have filed an amendment (#1152) to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which would require affirmative Congressional approval of any Iranian nuclear deal before sanctions relief can occur.

Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and various other business interests pumped millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaigns in Wisconsin, particularly his successful effort to fight a union-inspired recall, and according to the “dance with the one what brung ya” calculus of politics you’d think Walker would adopt their position on amnesty and expanding legal immigration, but this week Scott Walker joined Ted Cruz and came out strongly against the Bush – Rubio positions on those issues.

Why Ted Cruz Missed the Loretta Lynch Vote

NBC News

Ted Cruz was the only Senator to miss Lynch's final confirmation vote Thursday. Cruz spoke on the Senate floor this morning against Lynch's nomination, and then voted against the procedural vote to move forward with consideration of her nomination, but Cruz missed the actual vote on her nomination because he needed to catch a flight for a previously scheduled commitment in Texas. According to a fundraising invitation obtained by Real Clear Politics, Cruz had a fundraiser in Dallas, TX scheduled for 6pm Thursday.

Ted Cruz First Signer of Phyllis Schlafly’s STOP Common Core Pledge

One clear way conservatives will know who their friends are on Common Core is who, like Ted Cruz, has signed the Eagle Forum Pledge To STOP Common Core, and who hasn’t and won’t.  Jeb Bush’s wiggling and trying to put some air between his position and Hillary Clinton’s, when there really isn’t any, is why the Eagle Forum STOP Common Core Pledge is so important. There’s no wiggling – you either sign and promise to oppose Common Core, no matter what its proponents call it, or you don’t.