Ted Cruz: American President in 2016?
TED CRUZ BIO,
US SENATOR, PRESIDENT 2016?
Republican, Texas-Conservative - NEW STAR RISING - Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz was brought into this world by God on December 22, 1970. Ted Cruz is the junior United States Senator for the state of Texas since 2013, where he won a run-off election ONLY by the financial and verbal support and campaigning of Sarah Palin.
Ted Cruz is a long-standing member of the Republican Party and was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, after being appointed byTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Ted Cruz was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and the Solicitor General with the longest tenure in Texas history.
Ted Cruz was also the first Hispanic elected U.S. Senator from Texas.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY:
Before public office, Ted Cruz was a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.
Ted Cruz previously served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.
In addition, Ted Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Lawin Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation, from 2004 to 2009.
Ted Cruz was the Republican nominee for the Senate seat which was vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. On July 31, 2012, he defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, 57%–to-43%.
Ted Cruz defeated the Democrat, former state Representative Paul Sadler, in the general election held on November 6, 2012; he prevailed with 56%-to–41% over Sadler.
Ted Cruz is endorsed by the Tea Party movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.
On November 14, 2012, Ted Cruz was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
FATHER of TED CRUZ:
Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, where his parents, Eleanor Elizabeth Wilson Darragh and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, were working in the oil business.
His parents owned a seismic-data processing firm for oil drillers and were often in Canada for extended periods of time in this business.
- Ted Cruz's father - Rafael Cruz - was born in 1939 in Matanzas, Cuba, and "suffered beatings and imprisonment for protesting the oppressive regime" of the dictator Fulgencio Batista;
- Though quite young, he fought for the American educated revolutionary Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution - believing he would make Cuba like America -when Cruz was just 14 years old . . .
- . . . cause he "didn't know Castro was a Communist" at the time.
- Within three years, Cruz Senior became a staunch critic of Castro when "the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent."
- The elder Cruz fled in 1957 at the age of 18, understanding no English, with only $100 sewn into his underwear,. . .
- . . . finally landing in Austin, Texas, with dreams of a new life.
- His younger sister fought in the counter-revolution and was tortured by the new regime.
- He remained regretful for his early support of Castro, . . .
- . . . and emphatically conveyed this remorse to his young son over the following years.
- Cruz senior soon began study at the University of Texas. 
- Eventually he worked his way through college as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, earning a degree in mathematics.
- Cruz's father today is a successful pastor in Carrollton, Texas, a Dallas suburb, and became a U.S. citizen in 2005 -
- AND - "Chief Advisor" to Son Rafael "TED " Cruz, now a US Senator . . .
- . . . and soon to be running for President of the USA:
- HOPEFULLY, the first Hispanic President of the USA!
- PRAY FOR IT!
MOTHER of TEX CRUZ:
Cruz's mother was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent. She was the first person in her family to attend college. She earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Rice University in Houston in the 1950s, working summers at Foley's and Shell Oil.
She later worked in Houston as a computer programmer at Shell. Ted Cruz has said, "I'm Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist."
Cruz's parents returned to Houston in 1974, after working in the Alberta oil fields, when a slump hit the price of oil and they sold their first seismic data company. Cruz's mother and father divorced after he left home.
Ted Cruz Education:
Ted Cruz attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas, and later graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston as valedictorian in 1988.
During high school, Ted Cruz participated in a Houston-based group called the Free Market Education Foundation where Cruz learned about free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat, and Ludwig von Mises.
The program was run by Rolland Storey and Ted Cruz entered the program at the age of 13.
Ted Cruz graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1992.
- While at Princeton, Ted Cruz competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society's Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both:
- . . . the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship
- . . . and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.
- In 1992, Ted Cruz was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year,
- and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton).
- Ted Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship.
TED CRUZ SENIOR THESIS:
Ted Cruz's senior thesis on the separation of powers, titled "Clipping the Wings of Angels," draws its inspiration from a passage attributed to President James Madison:
- "If angels were to govern men,
- neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary."
- Ted Cruz argued that the Founding Father's in the Constitution intended to protect the rights of their constituents,
- and the last two items in the Bill of Rights (#9 Rights of the PEOPLE, and #10 Rights of the States) offered an explicit stop against an all-powerful state.
- Ted Cruz wrote: "They simply do so from different directions. The Tenth stops new powers, and the Ninth fortifies all other rights, or non-powers."
TED CRUZ: FROM PRINCETON TO HARVARD:
After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995.
While at Harvard Law, Cruz was:
- primary editor of the Harvard Law Review,
- executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy,
- founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.
Referring to Cruz's time as a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said, "[Ted] Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant."
At Harvard Law, Ted Cruz was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.
Ted Cruz currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Review of Law and Politics.
Legal career - Clerkships:
Ted Cruz served as a law clerk to J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1995 and William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States in 1996.
Ted Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States.
TED CRUZ: Private practice:
After Ted Cruz finished his clerkships, he took a position with Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, which is now known as Cooper & Kirk, LLC, for a couple of years from 1997 to 1998.
In 1998, Ted Cruz served as private counsel for Congressman John Boehner during Boehner's lawsuit against Congressman Jim McDermott for releasing a tape recording of a Boehner telephone conversation.
Ted Cruz and G.W.Bush Administration:
Ted Cruz joined the Bush-Cheney campaign in 1999 as a domestic policy adviser, advising President George W. Bush on a wide range of policy and legal matters, including civil justice, criminal justice, constitutional law, immigration, and government reform.
Ted Cruz assisted in assembling the Bush legal team, devise strategy, and draft pleadings in the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts during the 2000 Florida presidential recounts, winning twice in the U.S. Supreme Court.
After President Bush took office, Ted Cruz served as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department and as the director of policy planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Appointed to the office of Solicitor General of Texas by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz served in that position from 2003 to 2008.
TED CRUZ - SUPREME EXPERIENCE at SUPREME COURT:
Ted Cruz has authored more than 80 United States Supreme Court briefs and presented 43 oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court.
Ted Cruz's record of having argued before the Supreme Court nine times is more than any practicing lawyer in Texas or any current member of Congress.
Ted Cruz has commented on his nine cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court:
- "We ended up year after year arguing some of the biggest cases in the country.
- There was a degree of serendipity in that,
- but there was also a concerted effort to seek out and lead conservative fights."
In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Ted Cruz drafted the amicus brief signed by attorneys general of 31 states, which said that the D.C. handgun ban should be struck down as infringing upon the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Ted Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In addition to his victory in Heller,
Ted Cruz also authored:
Ted Cruz served as lead counsel for the state and successfully defended the multiple litigation challenges to the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan in state and federal district courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning 5-4 in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry.
Ted Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.
Ted Cruz has been:
Ted Cruz, Private Practice:
After leaving the Solicitor General position in 2008, he worked in a private law firm in Houston, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, often representing corporate clients, until he was sworn in a U.S. Senator from Texas in 2013.
At Morgan, Lewis, he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.
In 2009, while working for Morgan, Lewis, Cruz formed and then abandoned a bid for state attorney general when the incumbent Attorney General Greg Abbott, who hired Cruz as Solicitor General, decided to run for re-election.
U.S. Senate 2012 election, Texas:
Ted Cruz's election has been described by the Washington Post as “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”
On January 19, 2011, after U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison said she would not seek reelection, Cruz announced his candidacy via a blogger conference call.
In the Republican senatorial primary, Ted Cruz ran against sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.
- Cruz was endorsed by the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative political action committee;
- Erick Erickson, editor of prominent conservative blog RedState;
- FreedomWorks for America super PAC;
- nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin;
- former Attorney General Edwin Meese;
- Tea Party Express;
- Tea Party United
- Young Conservatives of Texas;
- U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey.
- He was also endorse, partially financed by, and campaigned for, by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
- and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul,
- George P. Bush
- and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and winner of Iowa Presidential Primary 2012 Rick Santorum.
Cruz won the runoff for the Republican nomination with a 14-point margin over Dewhurst.
In the November 6 general election, Cruz faced Democrat Paul Sadler, an attorney and a former state representative from Henderson, in east Texas.
Cruz won with 4.5 million votes (56.4%) to Sadler's 3.2 million (40.6%). Two minor candidates got the remaining 3% of the vote.
Cruz got 40% of the Hispanic vote.
Ted Cruz Political positions;
Cruz is a gun-rights supporter.
On March 25, 2013, an announcement was made by Cruz and U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee threatening that they would filibusterany legislation that would entail gun control, such as the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which would require additional background checks on sales at gun shows.
On April 17, 2013, Cruz voted against the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.
Republicans successfully filibustered the amendment by a vote of 54–46, as 60 votes were needed for cloture.
Cruz also supports a federal definition of marriage and opposes same-sex marriage.
Ted Cruz for President 2016:
On March 14, 2013, Cruz gave the keynote speech at the 2013 CPAC - Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. He came in tied for 7th place in the 2013 CPAC straw poll on March 16, winning 4% of the votes cast.
Since then as the nation has come to know him, he continually rises in the polls to be a leader with the more famous Rand Paul for Republican Candidate in 2016.
Ted Cruz planned several speaking events for the summer of 2013 across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina which are early primary states, leading to speculation that he was laying the groundwork for a run for President in 2016.
As Cruz was born while his parents were working briefly in Canada, various commentators from the Austin American-Statesman and the Los Angeles Times, right after Cruz defeated Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in July 2012, began raising questions about whether Cruz is a natural-born citizen eligible to run for the office of President of the United States.
The majority of legal and historical opinion has been that he would be eligible given that he was a U.S. citizen at birth as his mother was a U.S. citizen who lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years.
Obama and Cruz: Both "Birthers"?
The DIFFERENCE between Cruz and Obama is as follows:
- Obama's Mother moved to Indonesia, and married a Muslim from Indonesia;
- To marry a Muslim in a Muslim nation, she first had to become a citizen of Indonesia, and for that marriage to be possible,
- Barack's mother, Stanley Obama, had to renounce her USA citizenship for herself and children (Barack) BEFORE she could swear allegiance to the Nation of Indonesia -
- - which she did - so he could attend schools, have citizen rights, etc., being just age 6 at the time;
- As far she knew, she would be living with her new husband (the only dad Barack ever knew), and Barack in Indonesia for the rest of their lives.
- The marriage lasted six years, and after divorce, Barack and Mother - now Stanley Sotero - moved back to the USA.
- In order to REGAIN her American citizenship, . . .
- . . . Mrs. Sotero now had to RE-SWEAR ALLEGIANCE to the USA in a Court of Law - which she did
- - with the papers being of public record.
- Barack at the time was only twelve, and needed to BECOME a US Citizen when turning 18, register for the draft, etc.,
- HE DID NOT!
- In fact, Barack traveled to Pakistan on a FOREIGN passport in the early 80's, when at the time -
- - NO AMERICAN was allowed to OWN A PASSPORT to Pakistan - NOT even President Reagan or the American Attorney General!
- Thus Barack Obama, by EXECUTIVE ORDER on his FIRST DAY IN OFFICE sealed ALL of is LEGAL PAPERS, citizenship, Birth Certificate, College attendance as a Foreign Exchange Student using that money;
- - his Social Security Number - STRANGELY - having NEW ENGLAND DIGITS . . . when at the time he had NEVER BEEN to New England . . . much less lived there!
- Barack Obama also has multiple citizenship as follows:
- (A) Just like his Mother being American AUTOMATICALLY made him an American Citizen when he was born - even if he were born in Kenya;
- (B) So did his Father being a Kenyan, AUTOMATICALLY make him a citizen of Kenya!
- (C) Of which with Kenya being part of Britiah East Africa of a generation ago, ALL Kenyans AUTOMATICALLY can claim citizenship in the British United Kingdom if they so desire - and move there if they so choose!.
- (D) Besides, Barack Obama still has citizenship in the Muslim nation of Indonesia, as he has NOT renounced his ties there.
- (E) PLUS he claims - and has been granted - all the benefits of US Citizenship in the USA;
- Barack Obama is the FIVE-CITIZEN-MAN!
TED CRUZ - QUITE THE OPPOSITE:
- Rafael "TED" Cruz was simply born in Canada while his parents were working there for a brief period of time - when owning a self-employed "seismic wave ground stability" business - by which they did work for oil wells drilling there, that they contracted with from their native home of Houston Texas.
- His mother was ALWAYS an American Citizen,
- - AND NEVER renounced her American Citizenship.
- She retained PERMANENT RESIDENCE in the USA her whole life,
- - AND Ted Cruze attended GRADE SCHOOL at Faith Acadeny in Katy, Texas,
- - AND High School at Second Baptist at Houston,
- Before gong off to Princeton and Harvard for college and grad school!
On August 19, 2013, Ted Cruz said he does not believe he has Canadian citizenship and would renounce any that he might have.
Ted Cruz Personal life:
Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz (maiden name Nelson), have two daughters. Ted Cruz met his wife while working on the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000.
Cruz's wife is currently head of the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and previously worked in the White House for Condoleezza Rice and in New York as an investment banker.
2012 Republican primary results, May 29, 2012
- Party - Candidate - Votes - Percentage
- Republican - David Dewhurst - 624,170 - 44.6%
- Republican - Ted Cruz - 479,079 - 34.2%
- Republican - Tom Leppert - 186,675 - 13.3%
- Republican - Craig James - 50,211 - 3.6%
- Republican - Glenn Addison- 22,888 - 1.6%
- Republican - Lela Pittenger - 18,028 - 1.3%
- Republican - Ben Gambini - 7,193 - 0.5%
- Republican - Curt Cleaver - 6,649 - 0.5%
- Republican - Joe Argis - 4,558 - 0.3%
Republican primary runoff:
- Republican runoff results, July 31, 2012
- Party - Candidate - Votes - Percentage
Republican - Ted Cruz - 631,316 - 56.8%
Republican - David Dewhurst - 480,165 - 43.2%
- Totals - 1,111,481 - 100% - 2012
General Election - November 6, 2012
- Party - Candidate - Votes - Percentage
- Republican, Ted Cruz, 4,469,843, 56.45%
- Democratic, Paul Sadler, 3,194,927, 40.62%
- Libertarian, John Jay Myers, 162,354, 2.06%
- Green, David Collins, 67,404, 0.85%
- Totals - 7,864,822 - 100%
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Ted Cruz HANDGUN APPEAL to the US SUPREME COURT:
The "Heller" case: