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The Ticket: Ted Cruz Returns to Texas

This week on The Ticket: Jay Root and Ben Philpott discuss one of the only GOP presidential candidates who's survived the Summer of Trump: Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and they talk to Texas activist JoAnn Fleming about Cruz's rise to prominence on the national stage.

Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sept. 3, 2015.
Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Sept. 3, 2015.

Cruz Opens Texas Swing With Warning for Rivals

Ted Cruz opened a daylong trip to his home state Thursday with a warning for other presidential hopefuls looking to make Texas part of their 2016 strategy. "They may discover a difficult path," Cruz told reporters before a rowdy rally in Fort Worth.

From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

Texans to Have Starring Role in Congressional Showdowns

When Congress reconvenes next week after its August recess, there are a couple of things you can count on: impassioned debate on domestic and foreign policy, and Texans having major parts in those debates.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.

In Houston, Cruz Forecasts Another Tumultuous Fall for Congress

Speaking at the Greater Houston Partnership's State of the Senate luncheon Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said that stopping the nuclear deal with Iran and defunding Planned Parenthood are "likely to be major battles" when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week.

Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.
Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the "Rally for Religious Liberty" in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 21, 2015.

Cruz to Lead 50-State Attack on Planned Parenthood

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has assiduously courted evangelicals throughout his presidential run, will take a lead role in the launch this week of an ambitious 50-state campaign to end taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood — a move that is likely to give the GOP candidate a major primary-season boost.

U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 21, 2015.
U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 21, 2015.

In Iowa, Cruz Intensifies Push for Religious Voters

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, intensified his appeal to Iowa's evangelical voters Friday night with a rally that featured tearful recollections of challenges to religious beliefs, ominous warnings about the country's future and explicit overtures to faith-based voters on the fence about the 2016 presidential race.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, eats a pork chop sandwich Friday at the Iowa State Fair. Cruz fielded questions throughout his trip to the fair about real estate mogul Donald Trump's controversial immigration proposals.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, eats a pork chop sandwich Friday at the Iowa State Fair. Cruz fielded questions throughout his trip to the fair about real estate mogul Donald Trump's controversial immigration proposals.

Renewed Immigration Debate Follows Cruz to Iowa State Fair

The new immigration debate sparked by bombastic billionaire Donald Trump showed up in many forms Friday as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz visited the Iowa State Fair. Cruz has recently taken to complimenting Trump, a foe in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, for getting the media to finally pay attention to the issue of illegal immigration.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters with his father Rafael, his wife Heidi and their children outside his new presidential campaign headquarters in Houston on March 31, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters with his father Rafael, his wife Heidi and their children outside his new presidential campaign headquarters in Houston on March 31, 2015.

Cruz Adds Home State to March Primary Push

Fresh off a weeklong swing through the "SEC primary" states, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is turning his attention to his home turf, which is also set to vote March 1, 2016. Cruz has scheduled three appearances Sept. 3 in the Lone Star State.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters during a presidential campaign stop in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Cruz is touring the South this week in hopes of building support for the so-called "SEC primary" set for March 1, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters during a presidential campaign stop in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Cruz is touring the South this week in hopes of building support for the so-called "SEC primary" set for March 1, 2016.

In Bush, Cruz Finds Increasingly Useful Foil

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is sharpening his contrasts with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the mere mention of whom drew loud boos while the senator stumped earlier this week in the South. "We're tired of losing," Cruz said Tuesday when asked why Bush's name was drawing such strong reactions.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Tuesday in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the area as part of a weeklong swing through seven southern states expected to make up the so-called "SEC primary" on March 1, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Tuesday in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the area as part of a weeklong swing through seven southern states expected to make up the so-called "SEC primary" on March 1, 2016.

For Cruz, Southern Push One Part of Long Game

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is spending the week traversing southern states in hopes of building support for the March 1 contests that make up the so-called "SEC primary." But he's also looking even deeper into the primary schedule, setting his sights on a drawn-out hunt for delegates.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, embraces a pastor who he has known since his childhood during a presidential campaign stop Monday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cruz is spending the week stumping in several southern states.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, embraces a pastor who he has known since his childhood during a presidential campaign stop Monday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cruz is spending the week stumping in several southern states.

Trump Looming, Cruz Seeks to Seize Momentum

Launching a southern bus tour in Tennessee, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Monday boasted that he emerged from the first Republican presidential debate with momentum in both fundraising and polling. But he must still grapple with blustery billionaire Donald Trump.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, speaking at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 8, 2015.

Cruz at RedState: Hold Conservative Candidates Accountable

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At the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Saturday, a rapturous crowd embraced U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's call to look closely at his fellow Republican presidential candidates' records and hold them to their word.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shakes hands at The Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina, May 9, 2015.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shakes hands at The Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina, May 9, 2015.

Cruz Sets Sight on "SEC Primary" States

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is hitting the road after the first Republican presidential debate hoping to build support in several southern states that will all vote on March 1, 2016 in what is coming to be known as the "SEC primary." 

Texas Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6, 2015.
Texas Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6, 2015.

Cruz Stays Above Fray in Combative First Debate

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz largely avoided the political combat that characterized the GOP's first prime-time presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland. The Texas Republican, never one to shy away from confrontation, instead focused on his battles for conservative priorities in the Senate.

Cruz and Perry: 5 Things to Watch for in the First Debates

After months of fine-tuning their pitches, the two White House hopefuls from Texas will have their highest-profile opportunities Thursday to show why they deserve the presidency. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry are set to participate in separate debates — the first Republican ones of the 2016 cycle — in Cleveland.

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."
Former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday delivered a speech on Wall Street reform in New York. The Republican presidential candidate vowed that if elected, the United States "will not bail out a single bank on Wall Street."

Perry Doesn't Make Cut for First GOP Presidential Debate

Former Gov. Rick Perry has failed to qualify for the first Republican presidential debate. Perry was not among those selected Tuesday by Fox News to share the stage Thursday night in Cleveland. The other Texan running for president, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, did qualify for the debate.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina on May 9, 2015.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at Citizens United Freedom Summit in South Carolina on May 9, 2015.

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Ramps Up With 7-Figure Media Blitz

A super PAC backing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president is starting to spend the millions of dollars it has raked in. The group, known as Keep the Promise I, announced Tuesday it was launching a seven-figure media campaign to put the Texas Republican in the White House.