Ted Cruz (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in Canada in 1970, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is the first Hispanic American senator of the state of Texas. Born and raised by an American mother and Cuban father, Ted Cruz is a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, who as well as being appointed as domestic policy advisor to presidential candidate George W. Bush in 2000, also served between 1999 and 2003, as director of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission.
Serving at the same time as an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, Ted Cruz later went on to serve as Solicitor General for Texas between 2003 and 2008, after being appointed by then Attorney General and subsequently 48th Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. Being the first Hispanic Solicitor General for Texas, Cruz can also be noted as the states' (so far) longest serving.
In 2012, Ted Cruz succeeded Kay Bailey Hutchison as Senator of Texas, and later went on to chair the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities. In March 2015 while serving as vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Ted Cruz announced his own run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Avowedly conservative, Ted Cruz was instrumental during his time advising George W Bush in 1999, in not just steering talking points on civil justice, constitutional law and government reform, but also assembling the Bush legal team in preparation for the case of Bush V Gore in 2000.
In his 2016 presidential bid, Ted Cruz took on the role of an outspoken critic of incumbent President Barrack Obama. Denouncing many of President Barrack Obama’s policies as anti-constitutional, Ted Cruz went so far as to refer to Obama as “not lawfully elected.” However, Cruz himself has been criticized by members of the Republican party itself, namely for his role in the 2013 U.S. Federal Government shutdown.