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Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.
Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.

Cruz Takes His Own Path to Nomination

Ahead of a Monday coming-out speech at Liberty University, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz broke the news on Twitter that he is running for president. The big question around his political future is whether he has so isolated himself from the GOP establishment that he will struggle to find the structural and financial footing needed to win. 

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz gives a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2015.
U.S. Sen Ted Cruz gives a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 2015.

Cruz Wants to Upend Laws on Contraception, Gay Rights

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Sen. Ted Cruz has turned his attention to local D.C. politics, introducing one measure in Congress to upend a new city law regarding discrimination over reproductive health decisions and another to keep religiously affiliated colleges in the nation’s capital from having to fund gay and lesbian student groups.

 

Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.

Perry and Cruz Deploy Differing Styles in New Hampshire

Both Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are showing New Hampshire voters that they are willing to brave icy weather to travel across the state and get their messages to voters. But the two likely Republican presidential candidates are taking different paths.

Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015
Anti-guns advocates inside Texas Capitol where the Senate Committee on State Affairs is listening to testimony SB 11 & SB 17 both related to handguns on Feb. 12th, 2015

The Brief: Guns Again Take Center Stage in Legislative Session

Legislative activity begins to ramp up in the two chambers this week with speculation rampant that the Senate might take up as early as today legislation that would allow permitted gun owners to carry handguns openly.

Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.
Sen. Ted Cruz campaigns in a Barrington, N.H. manufacturing plant.

Cruz Hunts for Conservative Support in N.H.

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He is not officially a candidate for president, but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz edged a little closer to becoming one as he went looking for conservative voters in New Hampshire Sunday, telling people to "stay tuned" to learn his plans. 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks Sunday at the launch event for a new group based in Austin. The organization, Liberty Action Texas, wants to see more young people involved in politics.

At SXSW, Paul Courts Nontraditional GOP Voters

While other presidential aspirants were in conventional venues like New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in Austin to open a new campaign outpost and to try his luck with a voting bloc that often ignores his party.

Gov. Rick Perry in Lancaster, N.H.
Gov. Rick Perry in Lancaster, N.H.

Perry Goes Small in New Hampshire

On the road in New Hampshire, Rick Perry is going back to his political roots, visiting small and rural venues while other candidates focus on bigger cities and media markets. It's familiar ground to a candidate who ran his first race for state representative in West Texas 30 years ago.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.

Cruz Heavy on Border Rhetoric, Light on Trips

As he feels out a possible presidential bid, Ted Cruz has made border security and immigration his calling cards. But Texas' first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to border in the last two years. By comparison, his colleague John Cornyn has made 13.