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 — ...

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.
Laura Buckman/The Texas Tribune
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. 

Hispanic conservative leaders express worry after meeting with Ted Cruz's presidential campaign Monday in Las Vegas. The leaders met with a number of leading GOP campaigns ahead of the fifth Republican debate Tuesday.
Hispanic conservative leaders express worry after meeting with Ted Cruz's presidential campaign Monday in Las Vegas. The leaders met with a number of leading GOP campaigns ahead of the fifth Republican debate Tuesday.

Hispanic Conservatives: Cruz "Perhaps Worse" Than Trump

After meeting with Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, Hispanic conservative leaders are expressing concern that the Texas senator is in favor of "self-deportation," an immigration position that helped defeat the last Republican nominee. 

U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.
U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.

Cruz Campaign Credits Data, Analytics for Success

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The Cruz campaign has undertaken a months-long effort to profile and target potential supporters, an approach his staff believes has helped propel the Texas senator to the top tier in many states, including Iowa, where he is now in first place. It’s a multimillion-dollar bet that such efforts still matter in an age of pop-culture personalities and social media.

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.

Trump on Cruz: "A Little Bit of a Maniac"

Donald Trump is expanding his criticism of Ted Cruz, once his closest ally in the Republican race for the White House. In TV appearances Sunday morning, the billionaire left little doubt the detente is over, bluntly questioning the Texas senator's temperament to be lead the nation and his ability to get along with others. 

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.

In A First, Trump Goes On Offensive Against Cruz

Billionaire Donald Trump on Friday went on the offensive against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, putting an end to the most closely watched alliance in the GOP race for the White House. At a rally in Des Moines, Trump zeroed in on Cruz's opposition to energy subsidies, including those that benefit the ethanol industry in corn-growing Iowa.

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.

Cruz Plans Another Major Southern Swing

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is planning another major swing through the South to show off his presidential campaign's organization deep into the primary calendar, visiting 12 cities over the course of a week.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Top Iowa Evangelical Leader Endorses Cruz

Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats on Thursday endorsed Ted Cruz for president, giving the Texas senator's campaign one of its biggest boosts yet in the first-in-the-country caucus state.

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.

Cruz Revels in Finding Himself Under Siege

For months, Ted Cruz's presidential campaign plodded along largely unscathed by his rivals for the White House, operating in relative obscurity as other candidates traded blows. Those days, it seems, are over. 

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Cruz’s State Refugee Security Act, in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Cruz’s State Refugee Security Act, in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8, 2015.

Abbott, Cruz Push New Curbs on Syrian Refugees

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas teamed up Tuesday to push new curbs on Syrian refugees entering the United States, unveiling a new bill that would let states "opt out" of accepting refugees from certain countries"America is a charitable nation, but we cannot allow charity for some to compromise the safety for all," Abbott said.

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.

Pro-Cruz Super PAC Seeks to Capitalize on Polling Gains

A super PAC supporting Ted Cruz is seeking to capitalize on his recent surge in polling with a new online ad and mail pieces introducing the Republican presidential candidate to voters in Iowa as well as South Carolina. Keep the Promise I, one of four main super PACs backing the Texas senator, announced Tuesday it is spending more than $600,000 on the new push, which comes as Cruz looks more and more like a top-tier candidate nationally and in the Hawkeye State.

U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.
U.S. Sen. and presidential contender Ted Cruz campaigns in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 7, 2015.

Cruz Campaigns With Momentum After Poll

The presidential campaign agenda Monday for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was meant to be a round of Palmetto State ring kissing. Instead, Cruz had the bounce in his step of a frontrunner. Or, at the least, a candidate with the wind at his back, after a public poll put him atop the field in Iowa for the first time.

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.

Cruz on Trump's Muslim Ban: 'That's Not My Policy'

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Monday he does not support banning all Muslims from entering the country, distancing himself from an inflammatory proposal by rival Donald Trump calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."