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As he pursues the GOP presidential nomination, a key part of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s Iowa strategy has been to visit all 99 counties in that state — a strategy called "the full Grassley, named after an Iowa U.S. Senator who visits each county every year. 

But, some have criticized the Cruz campaign for spending more time last week in rural parts of the state in an effort to hit every county, instead of going to the Hawkeye State’s population centers.


Lauren Silverman / KERA News

In 2012, Ted Cruz made history when he beat incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In his first campaign, he pulled together a large dose of Tea Party anger and a little bit of evangelical power. As his presidential campaign focuses on Monday’s Iowa caucuses, he’s added a few new emotional ingredients to the mix.

Rick Perry Endorses Ted Cruz For President

Jan 25, 2016
Cooper Neill / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET

Tea Party darling Sarah Palin threw her support behind Donald Trump in a raucous speech Tuesday night, a blow to a surging Ted Cruz with less than two weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses.

Trump is "perfectly positioned to let you make America great again. Are you ready for that, Iowa?" Palin told a crowd in Ames, standing beside Trump. "No more pussyfooting around."

Cruz, Trump Clash In Most Confrontational Debate Yet

Jan 14, 2016
Randall Hill / Reuters

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, long allies in the Republican race for the White House, repeatedly turned on one another Thursday night in their most confrontational meeting yet on the debate stage — or the entire contest, for that matter. 

Cruz: 2012 Disclosure Should Have Noted Goldman Sachs Loan

Jan 14, 2016
Abby Livingston / Texas Tribune

DORCHESTER, S.C. — Responding to a report that said he did not disclose a loan from his wife’s employer during his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called the issue a "technical and inadvertent filing error" that he will fix if necessary.

President Obama Delivers His Final State Of The Union Address

Jan 12, 2016
Carlos Barria / Reuters

President Barack Obama says one of the few regrets of his presidency is that too many Americans feel their voice doesn't matter in democracy.

Christopher Connelly/KERA

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio made his first public campaign appearance in North Texas Wednesday.

Christopher Connelly/KERA

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio made his first public campaign appearance in North Texas yesterday. The state is an uphill battle for the Florida Senator, one he’ll have to fight against a Texas senator and other candidates with Texas ties. But his aim was not at the crowded field of Republicans he has to beat to win his party’s nomination in the coming months. Instead, he aimed his fire at the Democratic front runner. He does not care for Hillary Clinton.

Dallas Rally Will Be Rubio's First Public Campaign Stop In Texas

Jan 6, 2016
Rebecca F. Miller/Bob Daemmrich/Scott Ball / Texas Tribune

While Ted Cruz is spending the week crisscrossing Iowa ahead of that state's upcoming caucuses, his colleague in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, is making his first major play for Cruz's home turf with a campaign rally in Dallas.

Cruz And Trump: It's All Good

Dec 16, 2015
Mike Blake / Reuters

LAS VEGAS — For a few days, it looked like one of the most curious alliances in the GOP presidential race was in peril — that of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. 

Cruz On Trump's Muslim Ban: 'That's Not My Policy'

Dec 8, 2015
Graphic by Gage Skidmore/Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Monday he does not support banning all Muslims from entering the country, distancing himself from an inflammatory proposal by rival Donald Trump. 

From Texas Standard:

Sunday, December 6 – a day before the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack – is no date that will live in infamy. But it may be remembered by historians as the date the 44th U.S. President tried to allay the growing fears of a nation and talk tough against terror.


Courtesy of the Fort Worth Opera

Race and policing was one point of discussion at a sweeping conversation in Fort Worth about the legacy of the civil rights movement in the decades after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. he conversation came just days before the Sunday anniversary of the assassination. It was part of a series of discussions the Fort Worth Opera is sponsoring as it prepares to premiere a new opera called “JFK." It follows Kennedy’s last hours in Fort Worth and Dallas. 

Gregory Hauenstein via Flickr Creative Commons

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in Dallas on Tuesday. The former secretary of state spent the morning fundraising. Then she revved up hundreds of loyalists packed into a gym at Mountain View College in Oak Cliff.

Clinton, In San Antonio, On Castro VP Buzz: I'll 'Really Look Hard at Him'

Oct 15, 2015
Robin Jerstad / Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — Accepting Julián Castro's endorsement Thursday, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton addressed speculation he could serve as her running mate, saying she plans to "really look hard at him for anything."

Santorum In Fort Worth: 'Explode' The Tax Code

Oct 12, 2015
Christopher Connelly/KERA

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was in Fort Worth on Monday to give a talk to the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, unveiling a tax plan that he says will ease the burden on working families and simplify the tax code by creating a single tax bracket and reducing the number of personal deductions to two.

Changing Primary Schedule Would Be 'Lunacy,' Cruz Says

Oct 12, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

FORT DODGE, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz opened a packed swing through early voting Iowa on Monday by blasting leaders in his own party for contemplating changes to the presidential primary calendar, calling it “lunacy” and a “terrible idea.” 

From Texas Standard:

It happened on the floor of the U.S. Senate: Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas and prospective applicant for the top job in the executive branch, asked for a recorded vote on his proposal to defund Planned Parenthood and dump the nuclear deal with Iran.

What followed was seven seconds of awkward silence, which said more than any pundit could about the relationship between one Texas senator and the rest of the U.S. Senate.

 


From Texas Standard:

Former Governor Rick Perry's bid for the presidency may have come to an end, but there's still a few chances that someone with Texas ties could occupy the White House next term.

Ted Cruz Lets Loose In Lonely Senate Floor Speech (Video)

Sep 29, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off the campaign trail in Iowa, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz returned to the U.S. Capitol Monday to escalate his attacks against his party's leadership for not fighting hard enough against President Obama.  

Plano Megachurch Forum To Draw At Least 4 White House Hopefuls

Sep 29, 2015
Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

At least four presidential candidates are coming to North Texas next month to participate in a forum at one of the state's largest megachurches. 

Texans Eye Leadership Posts After Boehner Retires

Sep 25, 2015
Texas Tribune

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner’s retirement could create an opportunity for at least two Texans to emerge as national party leaders.

Cruz Basks In News Of Boehner Resignation

Sep 25, 2015
Bryan Snyder / Reuters

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a persistent thorn in the side of Republican congressional leadership, basked in the news Friday that House Speaker John Boehner was resigning.

Mike Stone / Reuters

Thousands of folks packed the American Airlines Center Monday night, but they weren’t there for a Mavericks game or a concert. They were there for Donald Trump.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

If you end up stuck in traffic near American Airlines Center later today, you can blame Donald Trump. The billionaire-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-Republican-presidential-candidate is expected to draw huge crowds to his 6 p.m. rally in Dallas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday suspended his bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, facing dwindling resources, bare bones staff and a staggeringly low position in the polls. 

Ted Cruz And Donald Trump Blast Iran Deal At Rally

Sep 9, 2015
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

WASHINGTON — In back-to-back speeches in front of the nation's Capitol, GOP presidential hopefuls U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and real estate developer Donald Trump showcased their different campaigning styles on Wednesday as they rallied supporters against President Obama's Iran deal. 

Texas Tribune

Rick Perry is still on the campaign trail amid financial problems. Low fundraising has left the former governor unable to pay his staff, although his campaign manager says only one staff member has left, so far.

Abby Livingston is Washington Bureau Chief for the Texas Tribune. She says  Perry ran into two major problems.

Cruz Stays Above Fray In Combative First GOP Debate (Video)

Aug 7, 2015
Brian Snyder / Reuters

CLEVELAND — If there's one thing Ted Cruz relishes, it's a confrontation. Yet in his first outing on the presidential debate stage, the Texas senator found himself far away from the center of the action, largely above the fray while a handful of foes brawled in made-for-TV moments.

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