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Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz (Republican, born December 22, 1970) has served as a U.S. Senator representing Texas since 2012. He is the first Latino American to serve as a U.S. Senator for that state. He is the chairman of the subcommittee on the Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is also the chairman of the United States Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. (Wikipedia)

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Cruz's positions on the issues:


Taxes

Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Cruz says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From the Washington Examiner: ""When it comes to jobs and growth and opportunity, the two most effective levers that the federal government has to facilitate small businesses creating new jobs, are tax reform and regulatory reform," Cruz said late last week, during a 20-minute discussion while on a brief swing through Las Vegas. "I am campaigning on a flat tax that would allow every American to fill out his or her taxes on a post card that allow us to abolish the IRS.""
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Immigration

How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Cruz says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From the NY Times: "Asked about what to do with the people here illegally,... [Cruz] stressed that he had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay. "The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight," he said during a recent visit to El Paso. Mr. Cruz also noted that he had not called for deportation or, as Mitt Romney famously advocated, self-deportation."
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The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Cruz says: No.

From Cruz's Facebook account: "A Balanced Budget Amendment is the way we will prevent this government from spending us into bankruptcy."
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Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Cruz says: Repeal ObamaCare and let people buy insurance if they want.

From TedCruz.org: "[Cruz] [a]uthored the Obamacare Repeal Act as his first piece legislation. [He] [l]ed the fight to defund Obamacare - the largest regulatory challenge facing our nation which has resulted in killing jobs, cutting workers' hours, and causing millions of Americans to lose their doctors or health care."
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Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Cruz says: Make it easier for Americans to own guns, so people can defend themselves.

From TedCruz.org: "[Cruz] [p]layed a crucial role in preventing federal legislation to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans. [He also] [a]uthored legislation to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Americans by allowing interstate firearms sales."
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Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Cruz says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From Cruz's Senate website: "Cops across this country are feeling the assault. They're feeling the assault from the President, from the top on down as we see, whether it's in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials of the President, of the Attorney General, is to vilify law enforcement. That is fundamentally wrong, and it is endangering the safety and security of us all. I'm proud to stand with law enforcement, to stand with the police and fire fighters and first responders."
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Climate

Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Cruz says: No.

From Time: ""If you look at satellite data for the last 18 years, there's been zero recorded warming," Cruz said in California's Orange County. "The satellite says it ain't happening." Instead, Cruz said, government researchers are reverse engineering data sets to falsify changes in the climate."
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Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Cruz says: Be left to the states to decide.

From the Week: ""Listen, I'm a constitutionalist," Cruz began. "For over 200 years, marriage has been a question for the states. Now, personally, I believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman, but if you want to change the marriage laws, the way to do it constitutionally is convince your fellow citizens, go to the state legislature, and change it. It shouldn't be the federal government or unelected judges imposing their own definition of marriage...""
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ISIS

How should America fight ISIS?

Cruz says: Airstrikes and support for other countries to fight ISIS.

From Fox News: "In my view the Kurds should be our principal boots on the ground. We should be using overwhelming Air Force power. And then beyond that if we need to embed special forces or perhaps some limited ground troops driven by the mission we should."
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Russia

How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Cruz says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From Cruz's Senate website: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) echoed Ronald Reagan's famous challenge to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Tuesday when he officially called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to return territory Russia annexed earlier this year back to Ukraine. "Mr. Putin, give back Crimea," Cruz said at the Young America's Foundation in Washington."Why is it so unimaginable for President Obama to utter those words?""
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