Tribpedia: Ted Cruz

Rafael Edward Cruz, more commonly known as Ted Cruz, is a lawyer and the junior U.S. senator from Texas. He succeeded U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who announced her retirement in 2011.

In his first year on the job — he was sworn in on Jan. 3, 2013 — Cruz has established himself as a leader — ...

U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a presidential town hall hosted by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., (r.) at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on Dec. 7, 2015.
U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Ted Cruz at a presidential town hall hosted by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., (r.) at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. on Dec. 7, 2015.

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Launches First Major TV Ad Buy

A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is launching its first significant round of TV advertising as part of a $1 million media campaign in the first four early voting states. The TV advertising, set to begin next week in Iowa, totals about $700,000, according to a spokeswoman for the super PAC, Keep the Promise I.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Prestonwood Baptist Church on Oct. 18 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at Prestonwood Baptist Church on Oct. 18 2015.

Cruz to Meet With Evangelical Leaders in West Texas

Ted Cruz is convening hundreds of evangelical leaders in West Texas as he seeks to consolidate support from the influential voting bloc with one month to go until the presidential nominating contests begin. The Republican candidate is set to privately meet with roughly 300 pastors and faith leaders Monday in Cisco. 

Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, accompanies his son at a campaign forum at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, accompanies his son at a campaign forum at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Ted Cruz’s Father Compares America to a Sunken Italian Cruise Ship

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Sen. Ted Cruz's father has a new book that is a call to action for Christians in the United States as the 2016 election approaches. In it, he writes that the nation is going down the wrong path — and compares it to the Costa Concordia, an Italian cruise ship that ran aground in 2012, killing 32 people.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2015.

Ted Cruz: Don't Mess With My Kids

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday blasted a Washington Post editorial cartoon that portrayed his two young daughters as monkeys on leashes, stating that children should be off-limits.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (left) and fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz Sees a Donald Trump Showdown Looming

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is entertaining the idea that the Republican presidential primary could come down to him and his closest ally in the GOP field, billionaire Donald Trump. It's a theory that says as much about how Cruz views his other rivals as it does about how he sees Trump.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters Sunday after a rally in Trussville, Alabama. The Texas senator is on a weeklong tour of nine mostly southern states.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters Sunday after a rally in Trussville, Alabama. The Texas senator is on a weeklong tour of nine mostly southern states.

In Alabama, Cruz Doubles Down on Southern Strategy

Cruz returns to familiar ground as a top-tier candidate with a more sophisticated stump presence but with more contenders vying for territory key to GOP presidential hopefuls.

GOP presidential hopefuls (l-r) Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush pledge allegiance at the CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2105.
GOP presidential hopefuls (l-r) Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush pledge allegiance at the CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2105.

Cruz Faces Fresh Wave of Inconsistency Charges

Ted Cruz woke up Sunday morning to a barrage of new charges of inconsistency from his Republican rivals for the White House, allegations that go far beyond his battle with Marco Rubio over their roles in the 2013 immigration debate. In TV interviews, at least three of his GOP opponents raised accusations new and old that the Texas senator is anything but the "consistent conservative" he claims to be on the campaign trail.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks with reporters before a rally Saturday in Daphne, Alabama. The Texas senator visited the town as part of a weeklong tour of nine mostly southern states.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks with reporters before a rally Saturday in Daphne, Alabama. The Texas senator visited the town as part of a weeklong tour of nine mostly southern states.

In Alabama, Sessions Defends Cruz on Gang of Eight

Ted Cruz, locked in a heated battle with Marco Rubio over their immigration records, received an assist Saturday afternoon from one of the most hardline opponents of illegal immigration in the U.S. Senate. Introducing Cruz at a rally in the Mobile area, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama offered an extended defense of Cruz's push to undermine support for the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration reform that Rubio helped author two years ago. 

Check out the Ted Cruz parody Christmas ad the Texas senator and GOP presidential contender has paid to air in Iowa during Saturday Night Live. The ad features Cruz and his family reading tongue-in-cheek Christmas stories like "The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails." 

 

Ted Cruz Parody Christmas Ad to Air During SNL

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Check out the Ted Cruz parody Christmas ad the Texas senator and GOP presidential contender has paid to air in Iowa during Saturday Night Live. The ad features Cruz and his family reading tongue-in-cheek Christmas stories like "The Grinch Who Lost Her Emails." 

 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 2015.

The Brief: Would Cruz Have Short Coattails as Nominee?

Some Democrats in Washington, D.C., are floating the idea that Ted Cruz could be as injurious to the GOP's hopes of holding its majority in the U.S. House as the bombastic Donald Trump.

Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at a the Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal protest  in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015.  Notables at the protest were Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson.  The event was organized by the Tea Party.
Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at a the Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal protest in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015. Notables at the protest were Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. The event was organized by the Tea Party.

Cruz Could Impact GOP's House Majority, Some Say

Republicans have reportedly been worried that their control of the U.S. House could be in jeopardy if Donald Trump is their presidential nominee. But there also appears to be concern that having Ted Cruz top the GOP ballot could also have far-reaching effects on the House map.

GOP presidential contenders Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2015.
GOP presidential contenders Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 15, 2015.

Cruz and Trump: It's All Good

For a few days, it looked like one of the most curious alliances in the presidential race was in peril — that of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. But on Tuesday night, all was good again between the two GOP presidential candidates. 

Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015.
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Ted Cruz speaks during his presidential campaign rally at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Thursday, Sep. 3, 2015. Laura Buckman/The Texas Tribune

Cruz "Unequivocally" Opposed to Legalization

For the first time, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and his campaign have made it clear that he opposes any form of legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country. The statements came after Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio clashed over immigration in Tuesday's GOP presidential debate.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is shown speaking at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is shown speaking at the CNN presidential debate in Las Vegas on Dec. 15, 2015.

Cruz, Rubio Clash Over Immigration, Foreign Policy

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio clashed over immigration and foreign policy Tuesday night in a series of confrontations that have been building for weeks. In the fifth Republican presidential debate, the two freshman senators traded barbs over their competing views for the United States' role in the world.