Please allow me to introduce you to a person who has much of the strength, courage, integrity and intelligence that Ronald Reagan had. As a matter of fact, Ronald Reagan was Ted’s boyhood hero.
Ted’s credo is to “speak the truth,” whatever the consequences. He is hardline conservatism embodied. He is Tea Party. He scares the pants off of liberals.
Ted’s father, Rafael, was arrested and tortured during Castro’s communist rebellion in Cuba. His dad escaped to Texas in 1957 and with no money, not knowing American English, he washed dishes for $.50/hour. He worked his way through College, the University of Texas and worked in the gas and oil industry. Ted’s mom was from a working class Italian/Irish family in Delaware. First in her family to attend college, she graduated from Rice University with a mathematics degree and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950’s.
Ted was born in Canada where his parents were working in the oil business. The family returned to Texas where both parents had attended college. Ted was 4 years old. He attended Faith West High School and graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston, Texas. He graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1993 where he won top speaker in his debating panel and won other debating titles nationally. Ted graduated magnum cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995. While at Harvard Law, he was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal o f Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. While a student at Harvard Law, Professor Alan Dershowitz said Ted “was off-the-charts brilliant.”
Ted served as a law clerk to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice to the United States and J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
He served as an associate deputy attorney general in the US Justice Department and as the Director of Policy Planning at the US Federal Trade Commission under President George W. Bush.
Ted authored 80 United States Supreme Court briefs. He presented 43 oral arguments, nine were before the United States Supreme Court. In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Ted 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 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. He did legal work during the Florida recount of the Presidential campaign of Bush/Cheney 2000.
The primary election in 2012 was described as the biggest upset in 2012, a true grass-roots victory against long odds. Ted ran against the ‘shoo-in’ Republican, sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, in the run off election. Spending 3 times less than Dewhurst, Ted won with a 14 point victory. In the November election against the Democrat, Paul Sandler, Ted won with 56%-44% and he received 35% of the Hispanic vote.
Ted’s first proposal in January this year, as he promised during his campaign, was a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care).
He’s the only senator on the losing side of every key vote in his first month of office.
He is 1 of 3 senators who opposed the confirmation of John Kerry as Secretary of State.
Ted’s questioning of Chuck Hagel, the appointee for Secretary of Defense, was hard-hitting, showing no deference to his elders in the senate.
He’s a hard-hitting conservative, standing firmly on his values. Ted has not sacrificed his values on the altar of political correctness. He articulates conservative values well. He has caught the attention of many in the US just since January and I am one of them.
Get to know Ted in a couple of videos. In one he smacks down Senator Schumer on gun violence. In the second, he talks about his conservatism. And notice, Ted never uses notes nor a teleprompter.
I very much want to introduce you to Senator Rafael Edward Cruz, tea party senator from Texas.
*I used information from Wikipedia.org, Senator Ted Cruz’s web site, http://www.cruz.senate.gov/about.cfm and a multiplicity of articles that confirm this information.