Ted Cruz on Principles & Values


I'm a consistent conservative, not a campaign conservative

I'm the son of a pastor and evangelist and I've described many times how my father, when I was a child, was an alcoholic. He was not a Christian. And my father left my mother and left me when I was just three years old. And someone invited him to Clay Road Baptist Church. And he gave his heart to Jesus and it turned him around. And he got on a plane and he flew back to my mother and me.

Scripture tells us, "you shall know them by their fruit." We see lots of "campaign conservatives." But if we're going to win in 2016, we need a consistent conservative, someone who has been a fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a national security conservative.

There are real differences among the candidates on issues like amnesty, like ObamaCare, like religious liberty, like life and marriage. And I have been proud to fight and stand for religious liberty, to stand against Planned Parenthood, to defend life for my entire career. And I will be proud to continue to do so as president.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

I'm despised by GOP establishment, but so was Reagan

Though Cruz is loathed by the GOP establishment, conservative activists love him. Concerns about his electability are his biggest problem. After 8 years of Obama, conservatives are eager to win back the White House--and to many, Cruz just seems too extreme to win a general election.

His response: Essentially, Cruz argued that he is the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan, and that those foolish doubters would have impeded Reagan's rise. "It was 40 years ago at CPAC that President Reagan said the path to victory is not pale pastels but bold colors," he said, as some in the crowd shouted those last two words along with him. "I am convinced 2016 is going to be an election very much like 1980," he said.

Translation? Don't worry about electability, because the glorious GOP landslide is imminent. "It's worth remembering, when Reagan ran, Washington despised Reagan," he added. The subtext--that Cruz himself is similarly despised--was obvious.

Source: Vox.com coverage of 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. , Feb 27, 2015

We win elections by bold principles & a positive agenda

How do we win elections? In the contrast between corrupt Washington and the American people, we stand with the American people. We stand with a straight-forward and bold and positive agenda to inspire the young, to inspire women, to inspire Hispanics-- to inspire everybody.
  1. Defend the Constitution--all of it.
  2. We need to abolish the IRS. We need to adopt a simple flat tax.
  3. We need to expand energy in this country and expand high-paying jobs all over America.
  4. We need to expand school choice.
  5. We need to repeal Dodd-Frank.
  6. We need to audit the Federal Reserve.
  7. We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment.
  8. We need to repeal every single word of ObamaCare.
  9. We need to stop the lawlessness [of Obama and ObamaCare].
  10. We need to end the corruption.
A friend of mine suggested a bumper sticker slogan, "Republicans, we waste less." You win elections by standing for principle, inspiring people that there is a better tomorrow.
Source: Speech at 2014 CPAC convention , Mar 7, 2014

Washington would be better with more farmers & fewer lawyers

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz waded into an ugly Senate battle. Last week, Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley denigrated Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school." Braley suggested that made Grassley unqualified to be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The speech was made to a group of lawyers; Braley himself is a trial lawyer. The backlash was severe, and Braley apologized.

In an opinion piece published in The Iowa Republican, Cruz, a lawyer himself, touted Grassley and his accomplishments in the Senate. "Well, let me tell you something. Washington would be a lot better off if we had more farmers in Congress and a lot fewer trial lawyers," Cruz writes. "I'm a constitutional lawyer who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in my opinion Chuck Grassley--that Iowa farmer whom Braley was denigrating--would make an outstanding chairman of that committee," he went on.

Source: Daily Caller 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Mar 4, 2014

Great Awakening: response to mess from career politicians

Since 2010, something extraordinary has been happening, something that has dumbfounded the chattering class. What is happening all across America is a Great Awakening. A response to career politicians in both parties who've gotten us into this mess. This national movement is fueled by what unites us: a love of liberty, a belief in the unlimited potential of free men and women.

Today, many in Washington seem content to saddle our children with a financial debt larger than our nation has ever seen. Government is out of control, and we're going broke. But I'm here with a word of encouragement. Millions of Americans are standing up, saying we want our country back. Republicans, Democrats, and independents. We will not follow the path of Greece; we will not go quietly into the night.

Source: 2012 Republican National Convention speech , Aug 28, 2012

OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign

During the Q&A portion of the debate, Dewhurst needled Cruz for not going on record to support Sen. John Cornyn's bid for a GOP leadership position.

The filing deadline for the first quarter of 2012 was Sunday. Dewhurst raised $1.7 million and Cruz raised $1.3 million.

The night before the debate, the Texas Conservatives Fund, Dewhurst's Super PAC run by Dewhurst's former chief-of-staff, put out a new attack ad on Cruz. "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a "false conservative" whose law firm has donated over $200,000 to Obama's campaign, sides with Chinese businesses over American ones, and opposed lowering property taxes in 2006. The ad's epic graphics, dark imagery and daunting music make Cruz out to be some sort of Manchurian candidate. Essentially, standard Republican fare, but a sign nonetheless that Dewhurst will be hitting Cruz back hard until Election Day.

Source: BurntOrangeReport.com on 2012 Texas Senate Debate , Apr 20, 2012

Defend Ten Commandments and "under God" in the Pledge

Ted Cruz repeatedly defended the right to free speech and religious expression, including in a landmark decision protecting the Texas Ten Commandments monument. That US Supreme Court victory set a vitally important precedent for the right to display similar monuments across the nation. In addition, Cruz led the way on several cases that preserved the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and allows students to observe a moment of silence in schools.
Source: Campaign website, www.tedcruz.org, "Issues" , Jul 17, 2011

Endorsed Member of the Tea Party movement.

Cruz is endorsed by the Tea Party movement

The Tea Party movement is a populist conservative social movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the stimulus package; te healthcare bill; and the TARP bailouts. The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, the source of the phrase, "No Taxation Without Representation."

Source: Tea Party movement 10-Tea on Aug 11, 2010

Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state.

Cruz scores 100% Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports separation of church & state) to 100% (opposed to separation of church & state).

About the AU (from their website, www.au.org):Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a religious liberty watchdog group. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

Source: AU.org 14_AU on Jan 1, 2013

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