Ted Cruz's policy positions
Now that Ted Cruz has decided to run for president, he is the first one with a website that actually states his policy positions. Other would-be candidates, like Scott Walker and Rand Paul, have none, since they are not yet declared candidates. (They do have websites for their current office, but none specifically addressing policy positions of what they would do as president.)
There's a lot to chew over at TedCruz.org, but here's a sampling of Cruz's positions.
Authored the Obamacare Repeal Act as his first piece [of] legislation.
Led 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.
I remember when Cruz had his "mini-filibuster" on this subject. He spoke for 21 hours straight. He and Mike Lee were basically alone; no other senators came to offer support for any substantive period of time. Rand Paul made a cameo appearance for about five minutes.
Authored legislation to end taxpayer dollars subsidizing corporate fat cats, including the Ex-Im Bank.
Opposed the Renewable Fuel Standard ethanol subsidy.
All the other candidates support ethanol, except for Rick Perry.
Led the fight against regulating the Internet as a public utility because it threatens the Internet as a haven for entrepreneurial freedom and unlimited opportunity.
Rand Paul, to his credit, has been outspoken on this as well.
Set an early, high standard for meaningful Republican opposition to increasing the debt ceiling.
Demanded a 60-vote threshold vote on a clean debt-ceiling increase in February 2013, when Republican leadership wanted to allow the Democrats to raise the limit with a simple majority vote.
Led the charge on behalf of 13 states to successfully defend, before the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal law that bans one form of late-term abortion, the Partial Birth Abortion Act.
Joined 18 states in successfully defending the New Hampshire parental-notification law before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Successfully defended in federal court Texas’s Rider 8, which prohibits state funds for groups that provide abortions.
Fought for the right of states to define marriage, without intrusion by unelected federal judges, by drafting the State Marriage Defense Act.
Opposed the Obama Administration’s dangerous deal with Iran that would allow Iran to pursue nuclear weapons.
Successfully pressured the Obama Administration to lift its unprecedented FAA ban on flights to Israel after exposing the move as, in essence, an economic boycott of our strongest ally in the Middle East. The ban was lifted within 36 hours of the Senator’s actions
Championed the Expatriate Terrorist Act to prevent Americans who join ISIS from returning to the United States to commit acts of terror at home.
Joined Texas and 25 other states in a lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty.
Authored legislation to triple the size of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Played a crucial role in preventing federal legislation to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Led 31 states in District of Columbia v. Heller where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on firearms in a 5-4 landmark decision.
This is just a small sampling of the material on TedCruz.org; there's a lot on his positions and record there. People think of him as being only a senator in his first term, but they forget that he was solicitor general of Texas and litigated a lot of cases to preserve our freedoms.
I like a lot of what I read here, and I suspect that you do, too. I look forward to the other candidates declaring and putting up websites showing their policy positions so we can compare and contrast. But for now I'm impressed not just by the amount of information Cruz has put up, but by the degree of detail. Have a look for yourself.
Pedro Gonzales is the editor of Newsmachete.com, the conservative news site.