Ted Cruz Articles

Trump Threatens to 'Go to War' With Cruz

7:25 AM, Nov 17, 2015

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is threatening to go to war with Republican rival Ted Cruz. Trump was asked about Cruz's rise on CNBC. 

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"Well he's been very nice and very supportive of everything I've said, more than anybody else," Trump said of Cruz.

"And we'll see what happens. If he catches on, then I guess we'll have to go to war. But so far we haven't. We've been very supportive. We have a lot of the same ideas."

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Iowa's Steve King Endorses Ted Cruz

11:34 AM, Nov 16, 2015

Iowa congressman Steve King has endorsed Texas senator Ted Cruz for president. Watch the video of King's announcement below:

Please join Congressman @SteveKingIA in supporting our campaign: https://t.co/X5cZSyeeGR #IACaucus #IAGOP https://t.co/qgv9b7rVxP

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Handicapping Iowa

Don’t look now, the caucuses are less than three months away.
Nov 16, 2015

Sioux City, Iowa
Ben Carson has a simple theory of why he’s risen to the top of the polls in Iowa. “I’ve probably been there more times than anywhere else,” said the retired neurosurgeon just before the October 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado.

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It's Not Clear What Cruz Believes on Immigration

6:32 AM, Nov 13, 2015

Why is it so hard to figure out what Ted Cruz actually believes should be done about illegal immigration? When the Texas senator, through the help of radio host Laura Ingraham, zeroed in on Marco Rubio's involvement drafting and supporting the Gang of 8's comprehensive immigration reform plan in the Senate, he brought up for discussion his rival's single biggest weakness in the Republican presidential primary.

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5 Weird Moments at the Fox Business Debate

4:45 PM, Nov 11, 2015

There were a few weird moments at the debate last night, but none was stranger than the crowd reaction when John Kasich and Jeb Bush were talking about immigration. Both were unapologetically pro-amnesty. Neither bothered to make concessions about how problematic the breakdown of the rule of law is when it comes to illegal immigration. Bush didn't even make a kabuki gesture toward securing the border.

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Ted Cruz’s Important Immigration Answer

3:48 PM, Nov 11, 2015

Pop quiz: Was the percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born higher in 1860, 1880, 1920, or on July 1, 2015?  If you answered “2015,” you’re right. The portion of the U.S. population that is foreign-born is now 13.5 percent, surpassing even the tallies for 1860 (13.2 percent), 1880 (13.3 percent), and 1920 (13.2 percent), and fast approaching the all-time record set in 1890 (14.8 percent), according to the U.S. Census Bureau (see here and table 2).

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Podcast: Post-Debate, Cruz and Rubio Continue Steady Rise

Hosted by Michael Graham
2:05 PM, Nov 11, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on the Fox Business Network debate last night, and the performances by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

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The GOP Debates: An Economist's Notes

5:59 AM, Nov 11, 2015

At last, a debate that lived up to its billing. The Fox Business Network promised this would be about economic policy, and not about fantasy football, or personalities, and its panelists delivered. Despite an occasional barb, including a neat put-down of Donald Trump by Carly Fiorina, we actually learned where the candidates stand on important issues.

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Kristol: A Good Night for Cruz

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:06 AM, Nov 11, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on tonight's Fox Business Network debate.

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Poll: Jeb Sinks to 4 Percent

Bush registers worst favorability ratings.
7:29 AM, Nov 04, 2015

The leading Republican presidential candidate in donor and establishment support is down to just four percent of the vote in a new national poll. Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, is in a far fifth place in the latest Quinnipiac poll, getting four percent and trailing Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.

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Cruz on Star Wars: Rebels Good, Empire Bad

7:53 PM, Nov 03, 2015

Texas senator Ted Cruz said the Rebel Alliance in George Lucas's Star Wars films are "unequivocally" the good guys. The Republican presidential candidate told THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday evening the question over which side in the original three movies, the Rebels and the all-powerful Galactic Empire, was good and bad, was "not even close."

"And Han Solo remains the coolest movie character in the history of cinema," Cruz added.

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Cruz's Golden Moment

12:10 PM, Oct 30, 2015

Interesting political debates typically have what could be called primary effects. In Wednesday night's case, those would include the Bush-Rubio exchange, which did a lot of good for Rubio and a lot of damage to Bush, and the Cruz assault on the moderators, which was dazzling.

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Terrific Night for Cruz

By getting away from his talking points.
11:35 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Boulder, Colo.

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The Big Loser: CNBC

But there were plenty of winners.
11:25 PM, Oct 28, 2015

What were they thinking?  I’m referring to the CNBC questioners in last night’s Republican presidential debate.  They started the 2-hour session by asking Donald Trump if he was conducting “a comic book version” of a campaign? Mike Huckabee was asked to rate Trump’s “moral authority” to be president?  (Huckabee refused.) And so on with gotcha questions.

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We Have Our Final Six

10:16 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Tonight’s debate showed that the GOP field is smaller than it looks. Technically, there are still fourteen people running, but the winnowing is far along. We probably have a final six and possibly a final four.

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Cruz Attacks Media at CNBC Debate

8:48 PM, Oct 28, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz seized an opportunity to get a massive applause line at tonight's CNBC debate by attacking the moderators for their line of questioning:

"Let me say something at the outset. The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match. Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Marco Rubio, why don't you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues?"

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The Stormy Present

Oct 19, 2015

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been two months since the first Republican presidential debate. How do things now stand for the party upon whose success next year rest all of our hopes for constitutional government at home and a manageable world abroad?

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Swearing by the Constitution

Ted Cruz’s lodestone.
Oct 12, 2015

Consider that in Republican Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, we have a presidential candidate who during his high school years in Houston was among several students who met twice a week to read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers and the even more obscure debates on ratification. All of that while also memorizing the entire Constitution in shortened mnemonic form.

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What's Cruz's Strategy?

2:59 PM, Sep 24, 2015

Something has gotten into Ted Cruz. The Republican senator is known as a conservative firebrand willing to take on his own party, but in a Thursday meeting with reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Cruz was sounding almost ecumenical. Maybe it was the presence of Pope Francis.

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Cruz Prepares For Shutdown II

2:18 PM, Sep 24, 2015

Something has gotten into Ted Cruz. The Republican senator is known as a conservative firebrand willing to take on his own party, but in a Thursday meeting with reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Cruz was sounding almost ecumenical. Maybe it was the presence of Pope Francis.

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Cruz, Christie Pick Up Walker Supporters in Iowa

9:48 PM, Sep 21, 2015

The fallout from Scott Walker's exit from the presidential race continues in Iowa, which had been the Wisconsin governor's stronghold. The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs reports that Texas senator Ted Cruz has gained the support of three of Walker's county chairs:

3 Iowans who backed Scott Walker are now Ted Cruz county co-chairs: Phyllis Gannon/Green Co., Barb Pape/Clayton Co., Dean Hamilton/Henry Co.

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The Two Anti-Obamacare Candidates?

9:18 AM, Sep 21, 2015

Jake Tapper and CNN pretended during the Republican presidential debate that Obamacare doesn’t exist.  But Republican voters won’t follow suit.  Instead, they are likely to cast their votes largely based on who looks most committed to repealing President Obama’s tenuously perched signature legislation.  

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Ted Cruz Street Art Appears Outside GOP Debate Venue

3:45 PM, Sep 16, 2015

A reader sends in this image from the streets outside tonight's GOP Debate. It's the symbol from the Hunger Games -- a symbol of rebellion from the YA novel where kids fight to overthrow a dystopian cociety run by elites. The unorthodox street art campaign for Cruz has been seen in other parts of Southern California in the last week:


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Polls: Trump Rolls On in Iowa, New Hampshire

9:48 AM, Sep 14, 2015

New polls of likely Republican voters in two early primary states show Donald Trump maintaining a solid lead for the presidential nomination. The CBS News/YouGov tracking polls in both Iowa and New Hampshire show the real-estate magnate and reality TV star with big leads in those states.

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Donald Trump Walks On Stage to 'It's the End Of The World'

12:58 PM, Sep 09, 2015

Today the Tea Party Patriots hosted the "Stop the Iran Deal Rally” at the U.S. Capitol. Speakers included Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, among others. Trump walked on stage to the song, "It's The End Of The World" by R.E.M.

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TWS Straw Poll: A GOP Elite Eight, Heading toward a Final Four?

6:09 PM, Sep 07, 2015

The results of the latest straw poll of WEEKLY STANDARD readers are in. It's not a scientific poll, of course—but since the respondents are very perceptive WEEKLY STANDARD readers, I'm going to claim (why not?) that the results are a suggestive leading indicator of where the GOP race may be going.

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The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton: Cancel the Wedding?

10:29 AM, Sep 06, 2015

A few people have asked me to elaborate on the thought I tried hurriedly to express at the end of the This Week roundtable. Here it is: Republicans have a problem, while Democrats have a crisis.

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PPP: Trump Dominates Field in New Hampshire

10:14 AM, Aug 25, 2015

A new poll of "usual" Republican primary voters in New Hampshire gives Donald Trump his biggest lead yet in the Granite State. The Public Policy Polling survey found Trump with 35 percent support, a good 26-point advantage over the next closest GOP candidate, Ohio governor John Kasich at 11 percent. Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, has 10 percent support.

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Grassley Lists Trump as a Democrat, Forgets Cruz

1:32 PM, Aug 18, 2015

Chuck Grassley, the dean of the Iowa congressional delegation, recently sent out a fundraising letter/poll to Iowa voters. (He's running for his seventh six-year term in the Senate in 2016.)

Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican writes:

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Iowa Poll: Rubio, Carson Impress Most in Debate

Carly overwhelmingly impressed in undercard debate.
12:13 PM, Aug 11, 2015

A new poll of likely GOP caucusgoers in Iowa finds that Marco Rubio and Ben Carson made the most positive impression in the first Republican debate.

The Suffolk University poll, conducted after the Cleveland debate last Thursday, found 63 percent of those surveyed watched at least the main, top-10 debate. Of those who did, 23 percent said Rubio's debate performance impressed them the most while 22 percent said the same of Carsons' performance.

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