You could definitely say that Texas Senator Ted Cruz stands for what he believes in, even if that means literally standing for over 21 hours to prove that the Affordable Care Act is an ill-designed piece of legislation. Cruz even popped out a Dr. Seuss book to read to his kids via the television during the very long all-nighter. For these reasons, Senator Ted Cruz wins the Oscar for Best Performance in a Faux Filibuster.
Why you may be familiar with the name Ted Cruz:
As noted before, Senator Ted Cruz is frequently in national spotlight. For instance, the time when he was broadcast on many major news stations during his 21 hour, 19 minute faux filibuster back in 2013.
Here is what I have gathered about some of his stances on popular issues:
Ted Cruz is not only strongly pro-life, but has also played large roles in defending a partial-birth abortion ban and opposing public funding for abortions. This is according to Republican Views.
Recently, Senator Ted Cruz has criticized President Obama for, “failing to obey the federal laws in the War on Drugs regarding Colorado,” stated The Libertarian Republic.
Ted Cruz, like many other potential GOP candidates, is quite pro-second amendment. He once joked, “Texas is a lot like Louisiana. We define gun control real simple—that’s hitting what you aim at,” according to The Daily Beast.
While he believes that traditional marriage is the true form of marriage, Senator Ted Cruz supports a state’s right to choose whether or not they will allow same sex marriage. Real Clear Politics noted the Cruz stated, “I support the Constitution letting each state decide each marriage law consistent with the values of their citizens. If the citizens of California decide they want to allow gay marriage, that’s a decision for them.”
According to The Hill, Cruz is against amnesty, and stated, “In my view we need to secure the borders, we need to stop illegal immigration, and we need to improve and streamline legal immigration.”
Analysis with political guru, Spencer Brown:
How will Ted Cruz do in the primaries?
I don’t think he has it in him to go too far, to be honest. He tends to show up just when there is a party or a controversy. I don’t see him a lot in the party, just keeping his head down and getting his work done like other people have. He definitely has done a lot though. He has been a good force for the right. He is good at fundraising and he’s good at mobilizing the base. But, I don’t think he has necessarily the right experience now. He would be a great surrogate for the candidates. He has a great communications system, I just don’t know if they are necessarily communicating to the right audience. If anything, I think it would be better for him to wait and not get in.
What groups will he struggle with reaching out to the most?
He will struggle with the establishment because he goes against the establishment a lot. He is kind of in with that young gun group with Rand Paul, and other people who are good at stirring up controversy within the Senate. So, he doesn’t have a lot of support from Republicans within the Senate. I don’t think that there would be many Republicans in the Senate that would rally around him if he ran.
What groups will he succeed with reaching out to the most?
He will succeed with the people who are more right of right, as opposed to right of center.
What are some of Ted Cruz’s strengths?
He is nationally known because he has done so much and gets the national attention pretty frequently.
What are some of Ted Cruz’s weaknesses?
Being in the national spotlight is also a disadvantage because everyone knows what he has done. Fox News might say one thing, while MSNBC is out there destroying him for keeping the Senate hostage or something. So, while many people see him as a good person, just as many people, if not more, see him nationally as sort of like a bad actor within the senate. His filibuster didn’t really help him gain anything because it is kind of seen just as political theater.
Does he have enough experience in an elected office or in another realm of leadership that would lead to him being an effective president?
He has the same kind of senatorial experience as Rand Paul would have. I would prefer a governor as opposed to a senator to win though, because governors have more of the executive experience. But, Ted Cruz has more experience than President Obama had.