Ted Cruz is seeking the GOP nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. Ted Cruz is classified as a hardcore conservative by On the Issues, meaning that he believes that social standards should be dictated by the government, but that there should be little government regulation in regards to the economy. As of April 18, 2016,, Cruz is second in the polls at 35%, 5% behind Donald Trump at 40% according to Real Clear Politics.
Ted Cruz’s Ideology
Rafael Edward Cruz, or Ted Cruz, was born in Calgary, Canada on December 22, 1970 to two American parents. His family lived in Canada until he was four years old, when they moved to Houston, Texas. Throughout his teenage years, Cruz was very political; he was involved in programs that put emphasis on the free market ideals of economic philosophers such as Adam Smith and Milton Friedman. After graduating from high school in 1988, Ted Cruz attended Princeton University and graduated cum laude. From Princeton, he went on to attend Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude. Cruz then served as the clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and as Solicitor General for the state of Texas. In 1999, Ted Cruz worked as an adviser for the George Bush campaign, and during this time he met his wife Heidi. After returning to the private sector for a short time, he ran for and won a Texas Senate seat in 2012. In the senate, Cruz has tried numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, has given a 21 hour filibuster leading to a government shutdown, and has sponsored many other bills. Ted Cruz is married with two kids.
Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul have been huge proponents of a bill to audit the Federal Reserve. They say that this will promote transparency and ensure the growth of the dollar. Cruz is also, like many other Republicans, is a supporter of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Along with this amendment, he would cut government spending to many federal programs such as the Department of Education and end most government subsidies. Along with cutting down on government spending and waste, Cruz wants to cut down business regulations, saying that they are, “senseless obstacles from Washington”.
As president, Ted Cruz would overhaul the current tax plan. He would abolish the IRS and its tax code and establish a 10% flat tax. Cruz claims that the American citizen would be able to “do their taxes on a postcard.” Along with the 10% flat tax, Cruz would implement a 16% business tax, replacing the payroll tax. Cruz also claims that his tax plan will, “ Boost the GDP by 13.9% above predicted numbers, Increase wages by 12.2% and create 4.9 million jobs.”
In accordance with his economic plans, Ted Cruz would defund the Department of Education. Ted Cruz would also abolish the Common Core. He said, “ “We should repeal every word of Common Core. Education is far too important to have it governed by unelected bureaucrats down in Washington. The federal government has no authority to do things like set the curriculum in education. That needs to be at the state level or, even better, at the local level.”
Ted Cruz has said that as president he would fiercely defend our allies and exert global leadership. To start, he would rebuild the military, and he would use it to destroy ISIS. He said, “ISIS seeks to destroy our very way of life. We must defeat them.” Cruz would also reinvigorate the United States alliance with Israel by offering more support militarily and repealing the Iranian Nuclear deal. As well as foreign policy change in the Middle East, Cruz would also once again break diplomatic ties with Cuba. (This piece of his foreign policy may stem from his father. His father grew up in Cuba under the Batista regime, and he was beaten and tortured until he was able to move to America in 1957.)
Ted Cruz is extremely pro-life. He has said that as president, he will have his Attorney General investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood, as he maintains that “Planned Parenthood sells body parts of unborn human beings”. Regardless of the results of the AG investigation he would push to defund Planned Parenthood.
In accordance with most of the Republican party, Cruz is against gay marriage, and was vehemently opposed to the Supreme Court decision to legalize it. He has called the advancement of LGBT rights a “liberal assault on religious liberty”, and he has stood by Kim Davis when she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple. As president, Ted would overturn the Supreme Court decision and pursue legislation to promote “traditional” marriage.
Like one of his fellow candidates, Ted Cruz would build a “yuge” wall on the border with Mexico, and he would also triple the current amount of border agents. He would also crack down on Visa overstays, sanctuary cities, and he would increase deportations and implement an e-verify program. While in the Senate, Cruz fought any amnesty bills, including the “Gang of Eight” Amnesty bill.
Straying from the normal right wing mold, Cruz has not been a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization. He has said that while he personally disagrees with marijuana legalization, he would leave it up to the states. He would also lower the minimum sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders.