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 — ...

After Paris Attacks, Cruz Vows to Call Out Terrorism

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.

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. 

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the fourth GOP debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2015.
Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the fourth GOP debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2015.

Cruz in Debate: Let Big Banks Fail

A rare debate flub by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Tuesday night sparked a boomlet of social media jokes about Texas presidential candidates, but the White House hopeful's most notable moment came when discussing how he would handle a banking crisis as the country's chief executive. 

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.

In Next Debate, Cruz Faces the Expectations Game

Since the last presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has benefitted from a run of positive press presenting him as a possible last man standing in the GOP primaries. He enters the fourth Republican presidential debate with more credibility than at any point in this cycle. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, meets with members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women after addressing the group Saturday in Lubbock. Cruz was the only presidential candidate to speak at the biennial convention of the organization.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, meets with members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women after addressing the group Saturday in Lubbock. Cruz was the only presidential candidate to speak at the biennial convention of the organization.

At GOP Confab, the Focus is Squarely on 2016

LUBBOCK — At the Texas Federation of Republican Women convention, hundreds of the state's top female Republican activists ate up talk of the Lone Star State's Texas-sized influence in 2016. The GOP faithful hope the state's earlier-than-usual primary will make it matter more than ever before in modern history.

Tyler Norris, left, speaks to a Cruz campaign volunteer.
Tyler Norris, left, speaks to a Cruz campaign volunteer.

Cruz Campaign Hires Texas State Director

The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has hired a Texas state director to help deliver a home-state victory for the Republican presidential candidate. Tyler Norris, who most recently served as chief of staff to state Sen. Konni Burton of Colleyville, will lead Cruz's efforts in the Lone Star State, according to the campaign.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Texas Delegation Spends Campaign Cash on Presidential Candidates

Members of Texas' congressional delegation are making their support for presidential candidates known — in thousand-dollar increments from their own campaign accounts. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters Saturday while pheasant hunting in Akron, Iowa. The presidential candidate was visiting the early voting state at the end of a week in which his frustrations with the media seemed to reach a new high.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters Saturday while pheasant hunting in Akron, Iowa. The presidential candidate was visiting the early voting state at the end of a week in which his frustrations with the media seemed to reach a new high.

Media Beef Still Sizzling, Cruz Takes Reporters Hunting

After a week in which his disdain for the so-called “mainstream media” reached new heights, Ted Cruz did what any White House hopeful would do: He went hunting with a bunch of unarmed journalists. "This is how I like reporters," the Texas Republican senator joked as he embarked on a pheasant hunt with U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

In Iowa, Cruz Hunting for Key Endorsement

If Iowa Congressman Steve King's friendship with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz yields an endorsement, it could boost Cruz's presidential hopes in early voting Iowa. More broadly, it would help Cruz illustrate that conservatives are lining up behind his campaign.

Presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz at the third GOP debate, held in Boulder Colorado on Oct. 28, 2015.
Presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz at the third GOP debate, held in Boulder Colorado on Oct. 28, 2015.

Cruz Looks to Capitalize on Breakout Debate

The day after a breakout moment on the debate stage that lit up social media and pumped more than $1 million into his campaign coffers, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz sought to convert it all into momentum in a presidential race where he still badly trails two other anti-establishment favorites.

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.

Cruz Unveils "Simple Flat Tax" Plan

Ted Cruz unveiled a plan late Wednesday that calls for a "simple flat tax" of 10 percent and promises to grow the U.S. economy by nearly 14 percent a decade from now. The Texas Republican senator rolled out the plan minutes before he took the stage at the third Republican presidential debate, where he touted his proposed flat tax as the “lowest personal rate any candidate up here has.”

Sen. Ted Cruz at the third GOP presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 28, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz at the third GOP presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 28, 2015.

Cruz Tears into Moderators, Lights Up in Third Debate

Ted Cruz excoriated moderators Wednesday night in easily his most animated moment on the debate stage since he launched his presidential campaign. "This is not a cage match," the Texas Republican senator said, drawing loud applause during the GOP field's third debate at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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.

What to Watch For in Ted Cruz's Third GOP Debate

Ted Cruz escaped from the first two Republican presidential debates largely unscathed, allowing him to boast that he stayed above the fray in otherwise cacophonous affairs. But he could be a bigger target in round three. Here are five things to watch for as Cruz prepares to take the debate stage in Boulder.

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership, in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 27, 2015.
Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the American Principles Project's Latino Partnership, in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 27, 2015.

Hispanic Conservatives Blast Trump, Watching Cruz

Declaring Donald Trump anathema to the Latino community, Hispanic conservative leaders issued a stern warning Tuesday to other Republican presidential candidates who adopt the billionaire's hardline immigration views.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the CNN Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16, 2015.

Cruz’s Fundraising Strength: Network of Wealthy Donors

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For all his bashing of “billionaire Republican donors” who “actively despise our base,” Ted Cruz, the anti-establishment senator from Texas, is being bolstered by his own robust base of wealthy contributors.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, right, announces that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is endorsing Cruz's presidential campaign. The Republicans made the announcement Oct. 26 at Cruz's campaign headquarters in Houston.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, right, announces that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is endorsing Cruz's presidential campaign. The Republicans made the announcement Oct. 26 at Cruz's campaign headquarters in Houston.

Striving for GOP Unity, Cruz Unveils Patrick Endorsement

Seeking to show Texas Republicans are coalescing behind his presidential effort, Ted Cruz on Monday unveiled the endorsement of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. At a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Houston, Cruz declared it "an important morning in the Republican presidential campaign." 

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.

As Bush Stumbles, Cruz Camp Boasts of Momentum

With 100 days to the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is offering a confident outlook on his long-term viability, heartened by expectations-busting fundraising and a far-reaching ground game. In a memo circulated Friday evening, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe outlined the state of the the senator's presidential effort.