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  • Amongst presidential candidates, Junior Senator Ted Cruz has received some of the widest media

  • attention over the past few years. As the first Hispanic-Canadian Senator from Texas,

  • Ted Cruz is a very particular sort of politician, and that has not gone unnoticed. The republican

  • candidate has been hailed as the Tea Party’s poster boy. So, we wanted to know, who exactly

  • is Ted Cruz?

  • Well, perhaps most confusingly, Ted Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a

  • Cuban father. Notably, his father fought in support of Fidel Castro during the 1950s.

  • Now, if you watched ourWho Can Run For Presidentvideo, youll know that being

  • born in Canada doesn’t actually disqualify Cruz from the presidency.

  • Anyway, Ted Cruz began his political career as a domestic policy advisor to President

  • George W. Bush. He helped stop the Bush v. Gore recount, which awarded Bush the presidency

  • in 2000. He later became the Texas Solicitor General, and was part of a number of high-profile

  • cases. In one, he prevented the Supreme Court from removingunder Godfrom the pledge

  • of allegiance.

  • In 2012, Cruz joined the Senate, and burst into the public eye. Mostly for his conservative

  • policy stances and his questionably true statements in support of them. Cruz opposes net neutrality,

  • as well as the authority of the FCC’s regulatory. He has voted against all gun control bills,

  • and has threatened to filibuster bills that would improve background checks for gun purchases.

  •   Like most conservatives, Cruz is adamantly

  • againstObamacare”. Some have pointed to him as the leading force behind the 2013

  • government shutdown in protest of Obamacare, although Cruz has blamed Obama for the shutdown.

  • He has also proposed legislation barring illegal immigrants from ever receiving citizenship,

  • and to triple the number of guards at our borders.

  • As the recipient of large donations from gas and oil companies, Cruz is largely in support

  • of the Keystone XL pipeline, and lifting limits on oil exports. He has also spoken out about

  • ending the 1992 ethanol mandate that aims to reduce carbon emissions. Cruz has voted

  • against the idea that climate change is man-made, and has called environmental scientists, “global

  • warming alarmistsand compared them toflat-earthers”.

  • Socially, Cruz is anti-abortion except in cases of harm to the mother. He also opposes

  • same-sex marriage and gay pride parades. In 2015, Cruz proposed the State Marriage Defense

  • Act, which would prevent the federal government from using the wordmarriageorspouse

  • to describe nontraditional marriages. He also voted against a bill which would protect a

  • number of minority groups, including women, Native Americans, and the LGBT community.

  • He also opposes legalization of marijuana, although he respects a state’s right to

  • decide.

  • As a candidate, Cruz doesn’t especially stand out amongst his fellow republicans.

  • However, as a polemic speaker on social and political issues, Ted Cruz has led the pack

  • in conservative rhetoric, despite garnering less support than some of his other peers.

  • The GOP race for the 2016 nomination is going to be long and messy. To learn more about

  •  Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, two other candidates, check out these videos now. Thanks

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Amongst presidential candidates, Junior Senator Ted Cruz has received some of the widest media

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