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 — ...

Cruz's "Strike Force" of Texas Supporters Readies Iowa Push

Presidential contender and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with a supporter at the opening of his first Iowa office in Urbandale, Iowa on Sept. 26, 2015.
Presidential contender and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with a supporter at the opening of his first Iowa office in Urbandale, Iowa on Sept. 26, 2015.

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is officially opening a hub in Iowa for volunteers who have been recruited from Texas to pitch in for the Republican candidate in the first-in-the-country caucus state. Camp Cruz, as it is known, is expected to house roughly 500 volunteers coming and going over the next several weeks in the Des Moines area.

Heidi Cruz, wife of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, with supporters at Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Dec. 3, 2015.
Heidi Cruz, wife of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, with supporters at Republican Party of Texas headquarters on Dec. 3, 2015.

Heidi Cruz Files to Get Husband on Texas Ballot

Heidi Cruz, the wife of GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, on Thursday submitted the paperwork to get her husband on the ballot for the Texas primary. Speaking with reporters in Austin, Heidi Cruz said her husband, Texas' junior senator, is not taking anything for granted when it comes to his home state.

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 Decries 'War on Women' Based on Birth Control

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday offered a spirited defense of Republicans on women's health issues, accusing Democrats of creating a phony "war on women" based on claims that his party wants to restrict access to birth control. The GOP presidential candidate called the suggestion Republicans want to ban contraceptives an "utterly made-up, nonsense issue."

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 28, 2015, in Iowa as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, far right, looks on.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, left, speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 28, 2015, in Iowa as U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, far right, looks on.

Cruz Moves to Seize the Moment in Iowa

With two months until Iowa's first-in-the-country caucuses, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz finds his presidential bid riding a wave of momentum in the Hawkeye State, propelled by a visceral appeal to voters disgusted with Washington D.C. and a surgical approach to consolidating conservative support. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with reporters during an event in Iowa on Nov. 28, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with reporters during an event in Iowa on Nov. 28, 2015.

Cruz Condemns Colorado Shooting, Rejects Anti-Abortion Link

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is condemning the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado but also aggressively pushing back on suggestions the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement. Speaking to reporters Sunday, Cruz claimed a report identified the shooter as a "woman and transgendered leftist activist."

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.

Citizenship Questions Continue to Follow Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz believes it is a settled issue that he is a natural-born citizen and thus eligible for the presidency. Yet his supporters — and critics — are still pressing him on the specifics surrounding his birth, which was outside the country to a mother who was born in the United States.

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

Pro-Cruz Super PACs Focus on Ground Game, Wait on TV

For the time being, the deep-pocketed super PACs backing presidential hopeful Ted Cruz say they aren't in a rush to start buying TV airtime — despite perceived signals from Cruz's campaign that such support would be welcome.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

Cruz Criticized For Vote to "Gut" Intelligence Programs

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is facing increasing scrutiny for his vote five months ago to place new limits on national intelligence programs, legislation that is being cast in a new light following deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The drumbeat was started in earnest last week by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

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.

Campaign Won't Say if Cruz Still Wants to Ax the TSA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is touting a list of agencies that he plans to eliminate if he’s elected president. But the Transportation Security Administration is not on it, even though Cruz has previously called for its abolishment. The senator's campaign has declined to say whether the Texas Republican has changed his position on the issue.

Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria
Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria

Analysis: Keeping Voters Happy Now — and Later

The terrorists attacked at a time when American political races are underway and people whose fates rise and fall with public sentiment look for ways to get some favorable attention. In real life, when someone is upset or worked up over something, you try to calm them down. Politicians reach for the gasoline.

 

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.

In Iowa, High Expectations Accompany Cruz's Steady Rise

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has worked for months to manage expectations in the first early voting state, is starting to flirt with top-tier status as his campaign zeroes in on this critical presidential proving ground.

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 Makes Wide-Ranging Pitch to Iowa Evangelicals

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday night offered a wide-ranging appeal to evangelicals in the key presidential proving ground of Iowa, opting for humor, solemnity — and an unambiguous pitch for his viability as the GOP's presidential nominee.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at U.S. Rep. Steve King's annual pheasant hunt at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at U.S. Rep. Steve King's annual pheasant hunt at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.

Cruz Looks to Secure Another Major Endorsement in Iowa

Fresh off winning the support of Iowa Congressman Steve King, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is looking to snag another major endorsement in the early voting Hawkeye State: social conservative kingmaker Bob Vander Plaats. Vander Plaats' Family Leader group is hosting a forum Friday night in Des Moines that is being billed as a "final exam" for prospective endorsees. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the third GOP presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, on Oct. 28, 2015.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the third GOP presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, on Oct. 28, 2015.

First Major Iowa Ads Tout Cruz's Debate Performances

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is using its first major ad buy in Iowa to highlight some of his most well-received moments in the Republican debates so far. Cruz's campaign on Monday released two TV ads and a radio spot that are airing over the next three weeks across the early voting state. 

Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.
Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.

Cruz to South Carolina Evangelicals: I'm One of You

The third-in-the-nation South Carolina primary on Feb. 20 will come at a pivotal point for Sen. Ted Cruz, who's solidly in the second tier among Republican presidential hopefuls in the Palmetto State but betting big that religious and elderly voters will commit to him.

Ted Cruz speaks to reporters on the campus of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. on Nov. 14, 2015.
Ted Cruz speaks to reporters on the campus of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. on Nov. 14, 2015.

Cruz: "No Meaningful Risk" of Christians Committing Terrorism

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Ted Cruz on Sunday continued to call for Muslim refugees from Syria to be barred from entering the U.S. but opening the borders to displaced Christians, arguing there is not a "meaningful risk" that Christians will commit terrorist acts.

Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.
Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.

After Paris Attacks, Cruz Vows to Call Out Terrorism

Campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday, Ted Cruz said that as president, he would not be afraid to call "radical Islamic terrorism by its name." But he stopped well short of calling for the U.S. to engage in a land war targeting ISIS in the Middle East

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

Cruz Aims to Paint Rubio Into Moderate Corner

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is beginning to sharpen his contrasts with U.S. Senate colleague Marco Rubio on an issue of utmost importance to the Republican base: immigration. The debate plays out as the two candidates rise in the GOP field for the White House.