Ted Cruz, the first Latino elected to the Senate from Texas and the first Hispanic law clerk for a chief justice of the Supreme Court, has more potential to gain than other presidential candidates as citizens begin to learn more about him. Most voters have yet to hear and see him at this best–when he is debating. While Cruz begins this week preparing for the upcoming debates in August, his opponents continue to worry about Donald Trump’s strong momentum.
Often compared to President Ronald Reagan, some of the similarities are prominent. During the 1980 election, Reagan was despised by many in the Republican leadership because he would not go along with their politics and agenda. When he challenged Gerald Ford, the sitting president in 1976, he made adversaries within the party. Reagan went on to win in 1980 and is considered one of the most respected presidents in history.
Like Reagan, Cruz said from the beginning his purpose in Washington was not to make friends. Instead he has gained recognition for standing out and doing what most Senators will not dare try. His record is one of fighting for conservative and independent voter causes even when they aren’t widely held by established politicians. Many conservatives considered Cruz brave for taking on Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by revealing his “flat out lie” Friday. Some politicians, loyal to the establishment, were quick to call Cruz out.
Cruz has arisen as a leading voice on issues ranging from halting Obamacare funding, expanding U.S. energy production, opposing amnesty and fighting against common core initiatives in education. He has been especially strong in supporting Israel, stopping Iranian terrorists from attaining visas, and battling out of control government spending.
Perhaps his most important role has been in defending the U.S. Constitution. Cruz served as solicitor general of Texas and won five cases before the Supreme Court.
“He has utilized his deep knowledge of the Constitution to battle government intrusion,” the Conservative Review noted. “Cruz has fought against the use of drones to kill Americans within U.S. borders and against the NSA’s data collection program. He has also authored legislation protecting against voter fraud and eliminating restrictions on free speech.”
“His record is all the more impressive as a counterpoint to President Obama’s lack of leadership,” the Conservative Review states. “Cruz has been a leader in calling for forceful sanctions against countries like Iran and Russia and has battled in favor of U.S. military force against terrorist groups like ISIS and Hamas.”
Recently, Ted Cruz has earned some strong endorsements and respect from colleagues and in the media. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Cruz “might be the smartest man in Congress.”
Cruz “may be our Ronald Reagan, because that guy does not take prisoners,” Glenn Beck observed. “That guy is a thousand times smarter than 99 percent of the politicians I have ever met.”
Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council described Cruz as the “de facto leader of the Republican Party.”
“He is what people are looking for,” said Perkins. “Somebody who will stand up and say, ‘This is what I stand for, this is what I believe.’”
RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson emphasized that Cruz “has chosen to stand alone, again and again, against the establishment.”
“From helping lead the charge to filibuster what the establishment said was inevitable gun control, to standing toe-to-toe with the administration in a fight to defund Obamacare, to challenging his own party bosses by demanding a 60-vote threshold to increase the debt ceiling without any spending reforms, Cruz takes bullets from his own party for daring to challenge the system,” Erickson stated.
“Republicans will have their differences on tactics,” said Sean Hannity on his radio broadcast. “It is deeply unwise … to elevate those differences to the point of turning this into a civil war. And to think — Ted Cruz reminds me a little bit of Reagan in this sense.”
“Every Republican loves Reagan, but he wasn’t loved at the time,” Hannity added. “He was called extreme by fellow Republicans. You know, we can have spirited arguments here, but this attack is awful.”