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

From Texas Standard:

The national debate over whether Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is eligible to be President continues. The fact that Cruz was born on Canadian soil to an American mother has constitutional legal scholars at odds over whether he meets the criteria for the nation's top office.

Now a Houston attorney has filed a suit further questioning Cruz’s eligibility and asking the Supreme Court to define the term, "natural-born citizen."

 


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.

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

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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.

At the kickoff of a six-day campaign swing through Iowa, there's no mistaking which voters Ted Cruz is trying to reach — evangelicals.

King's Christian Bookstore in Boone was the first of 28 stops this week. Before he began his pitch, he cited Scripture he saw on the wall.

"I was looking up and seeing Joshua 24:15 on the wall: 'Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.' "

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

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. 

From Texas Standard:

The last of the 2015 Republican presidential debates is slated for Tuesday. It's the first debates since GOP candidate Donald Trump declared Muslims should be prohibited from entering the United States. It also comes after John Podesta, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, told donors that his prediction for the 2016 race would be a contest between Clinton and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Perhaps the clearest sign that Ted Cruz is seriously challenging Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican primary race is that Trump has started attacking him.

Trump On Cruz: 'A Little Bit Of A Maniac'

Dec 14, 2015
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Donald Trump is expanding his criticism of  Ted Cruz, once his closest ally in the Republican race for the White House.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't want to "get down in the mud and engage in personal insults and attacks" — one reason he has declined to criticize Donald Trump more directly in the wake of Trump's plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.

In an interview Tuesday morning with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep at NPR's Washington headquarters, the GOP presidential candidate explained his own plan to slow immigration from some Muslim countries.

Abbott, Cruz Push New Curbs On Syrian Refugees

Dec 8, 2015
Chris Maddaloni / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas teamed up Tuesday to push new curbs on Syrian refugees entering the United States, with Cruz unveiling a new bill that would let states "opt out" of accepting some refugees. 

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:

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz spent the weekend in Iowa, where questions about his eligibility to hold the nation's highest office still linger.


Cruz Condemns Colorado Shooting, Rejects Anti-Abortion Link

Nov 29, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

NEWTON, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is condemning the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado but also aggressively pushing back on suggestions the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement. 

That the freshman senator from Texas had a good night onstage at the latest Republican debate surprises nobody anymore — Ted Cruz is poised, articulate and smart. He's gaining ground in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and he's positioning himself to capture supporters from Donald Trump or Ben Carson, should either falter. There's still a long way to go in this contest, but Cruz and his campaign are well-funded, well-organized and confident in his ability to outlast and overtake his rivals.

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.

 


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. 

It started Friday morning. Just about an hour before Ted Cruz addressed religious conservatives gathered for the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner — one of the renegade Texas senator's nemeses in the Washington establishment — called it quits.

And Cruz was nimble, adjusting his speech to give the activists he was speaking to credit:

Ted Cruz knows how to work this room. His supporters were out in force with T-shirts and buttons, building on the great reception of his speech.

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.

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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz makes bacon; a court strikes down Texas’ voter ID law; George W. Bush shows up for jury duty; and more.

Perry Doesn't Make Cut For First GOP Presidential Debate

Aug 4, 2015
ABC News

Former Gov. Rick Perry has failed to qualify for the first Republican presidential debate, a setback for a candidate who has promised improvement over his ill-fated 2012 run. 

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