Everything You Need to Know About Ted Cruz

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US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is running for President. Here is a round-u of everything you need to know about him. (Click on the blue titles for more detailed information on each topic.)

 

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to be President?

While we cannot definitively say "yes" to the question at hand, we believe that Cruz's eligibility would most likely be granted if challenged in the court system. While Cruz was born in Canada, he was born to an American citizen mother in a family that temporarily relocated in order to work in the oil business.

Just as John McCain's eligibility was never really questioned, we believe Cruz's scenario is in the same realm of reasoning. His family never gave up citizenship and they never attempted to become Canadian citizens.

(Note: This analysis is based on current understanding of what it means to be a "natural born citizen." Interestingly enough, Ted Cruz has joined Donald Trump in re-examining this definition.)

2016 Candidate Tracker

First to announce presidential run on March 23, 2015

 

2016 Power Ranking

6th (As of 9/1/2015)

 

Early Fundraising

Raised: $13.9M   Spent: $5.5M    Cash-on-hand: $8.5M

Cruz's fast start in fundraising is thanks in part to being the first major candidate to announce and, subsequently, receive a flurry of attacks from the left. He also has a healthy donor base in Texas. On the downside, he has spent more than any other Republican so far and has dipped in the polls.

 

Left/Right Reaction from Presidential Announcement

Is Cruz electable? Sure. He's not in the top tier of electability due to the number of built-in negatives. But he's at least as electable as Jeb Bush. But, like, Jeb, sometimes having to battle on two fronts is a lot to ask for. If either man wins the nomination they will be working just as hard to turn out their own party as they would to turn swing voters back to our side.

Perhaps it would be nice to, for once, have a candidate that doesn't automatically irritate half of the Republican Party.

 

The Case for Ted Cruz

It would be a tough field for Cruz as Paul would have the upper-hand with younger and more libertarian voters while conservatives tend to like Governors like Walker and Jindal as presidential nominees. Cruz has certainly been building his national profile the right way: from the bottom up. And there is always the possibility of having Palin's support as a wild card, which could once again help put a candidate over the top.

 

Too Much Too Soon? The Case Against

Ted Cruz is a very smart guy. He's successfully argued in front of the United States Supreme Court and has an impressive legal resume. But his executive experience is non-existent. He has won one election, ever. And that was in Texas, where he slightly underperformed Mitt Romney in 2012. If he actually announces on Monday, he will have a just 2 years and 2 months of experience in the US Senate, with little to show for it. It just seems a little too ambitious a little too soon. His rise would mirror President Obama's, who also was first elected to the US Senate just four years before becoming President and who had very limited experience working in Washington.

(He was also born in Canada, so prepare for a lot of birther jokes.)

 

Cruz and the Government Shutdown

House Republicans gave up their quest to negotiate a bi-partisan spending bill with Democrats, instead signing off on a plan that would re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling through early next year while getting nothing in return. Immediately following the developments, conservative commentators and activists began obsessing over strategy, whether Ted Cruz is a genius or a moron, and how disorganized the Republican party was during the whole ordeal.

 

Cruz and His Defund Obamacare Move

The "Defund Obamacare" movement is a plan led by US Senator Ted Cruz that would present a bill to continuing funding the government as it runs out of money once again. The basic set-up is this: the US House of Representatives passed a bill that prioritizes Obamcare out of existence.

Ted Cruz wants the Senate to take up that bill, but he also wants to prevent the Democrats from simply re-instating the funding and refusing debate and amendments from the conservative side.

 

Cruz-Jindal 2016?

But back to Cruz. At last, a candidate that is not afraid to work with and be strongly aligned with tea party conservatives. He's proposed fighting battles, even if they were ultimately losing ones. But the lost battles has as much to do with the ineffectiveness of the GOP leadership in the House and Senate as a persuasive and convincing voice against the President as it does Cruz's methods. We pair him with Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana Governor with solid experience in the healthcare industry. Jindal would bring a bit of balance to the ticket, but also a great deal of experience.