2016 Candidate Profile: Sen. Ted Cruz

Mar 23, 2015

Republican Edward "Ted" Cruz was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He is the first Cuban-American to serve in that role for the state of Texas. Cruz announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential primary on March 23, 2015. (You can watch the video of his announcement at the bottom of the page.)

Cruz is a graduate of Harvard Law School. While in private practice, he worked on the legal team of President George W. Bush during Bush vs. Gore, the Supreme Court case that stopped the recount of disputed ballots in Florida, securing the 2000 election for Bush. Cruz then served in the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and, in 2003, was appointed as the Solicitor General for the state of Texas.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of Cruz at New Hampshire events in the run-up to the 2016 first-in-the-nation primary. We will be updating the gallery throughout his campaign.

Audio Clips: Ted Cruz On The Issues

You can listen to Cruz talking about various issues below. Audio was gathered by NHPR reporters. 

On The N.H. Primary:

"In a Republican primary ever candidate says he or she is the most conservative person ever to live..."

“Every Republican primary voter ought to hold every one of us to the exact same standard..."

On His Vision:

"This country was built on a promise..."

"...a promise that...our kids would have a better life than us."

"We need to get back to the kind of environment where small business are growing..."

On Taxes:   

“We need to move to a simple flat tax..."

On The Affordable Care Act, Or Obamacare:

“I am convinced come 2017 a new president in the White House is going to sign legislation, repealing every word of Obamacare..."

On Immigration:

"The number one thing it takes is boots on the ground..."

"Amnesty is profoundly unfair..."

"...we should improve and streamline legal immigration..."

On Common Core:  

“We need to repeal every word of common core..."

On Privacy:

“We need to defend the fourth and fifth amendments..."

On Terrorism/The Military:

“A critical element of defeating radical Islamic terrorism is we have got to rebuild and strengthen our military.”

 

Further Reading/Viewing:

Video: Ted Cruz announces his 2016 run for President (via C-Span)