Ted Cruz announces for Senate
UPDATE: Ted Cruz for Senate
In a day when Michael Williams is expected to officially announce his resignation from the Railroad Commission, Ted Cruz announced his run for the Senate by way of a conference call for bloggers this morning.
I have to admit, my initial reaction was: outreach for bloggers before press release? But why not, at this point the race is largely about winning the subprimaries. Raising money and getting endorsements. Press releases don't help much with that.
Update: Press release below the jump.
Ted Cruz, 40, who served from 2003-08 as the Solicitor General of Texas, today filed the official paperwork to run for U.S. Senate based on new leadership and his proven record of fighting for conservative principles and winning on a national level. Cruz noted that his campaign launch comes on the day the vote is scheduled to repeal ObamaCare in Congress, which will be a hallmark of his agenda.
Cruz said the next Senator from Texas should fight for limited government, less spending, lower taxes, individual liberty, and preserving the Constitution. He committed to work tirelessly for the full repeal of ObamaCare, to reduce the national debt by cutting spending and passing a Balanced Budget Amendment, and to never request or support earmarks.
“I’m running for U.S. Senate because we need leaders in Washington who will stand up and fight to defend liberty, preserve the Constitution, and stop federal overreach,” Cruz said. “Unfortunately, President Obama believes that government is the solution to all problems. This administration has presided over an unprecedented increase in federal government authority and spending. When power is drawn into Washington, inevitably, individual liberty is taken away. I will fight to defend liberty, to defend Texas, and to defend our Constitution.”
Cruz continued, “All over the country, we are seeing a tidal wave of individual citizens standing up against out-of-control government spending. We’re facing, in my judgment, the epic battle of our generation—a fight, quite literally, over whether America will remain a free-market nation. And I’m incredibly optimistic that the American people are rising up to preserve liberty, to defend our Constitution, and to continue America’s legacy as a beacon of hope and freedom to the world.”
In his prior race for Attorney General, Cruz achieved remarkable fundraising success, raising more than $1.3 million from nearly 1,000 donors in over 100 Texas cities and 25 states. He gained endorsements from virtually every top conservative political leader across Texas and many nationally. In addition, Cruz has assembled an immense grassroots network, including more than 54,000 supporters on Facebook—more than any statewide official in Texas. By the end of 2009, Cruz had become the only Republican remaining in the race, but ultimately withdrew to support his friend and mentor Greg Abbott once there was no longer going to be a vacancy for Attorney General.
In the past two years, Cruz has spoken throughout Texas, to Republican Women and Tea Party gatherings all over the State. Cruz noted that the Tea Parties represent one of the most exciting developments in decades. “Millions of Americans are standing up, re-reading the Constitution, getting energized for freedom, and saying we’ve got to get back to the founding principles that made this nation great.”
Cruz said there are four ways the Republican Party can achieve renewal: 1) Stand for principle; 2) Defend liberty; 3) Champion opportunity; and 4) Defend American Exceptionalism.
“We’re at a turning point, a crossroads in our country,” Cruz said. “The most fundamental question we face is: Will we remain an economy where free enterprise and opportunity exist for everyone? Will we remain a nation in which jobs and prosperity are generated by small businesses and individuals working in a free market to achieve their dreams? Or will we become like much of Europe—just another nation where the government controls our economy, our jobs, and the decisions in our everyday lives?”
Cruz said he is committed to full repeal of ObamaCare. “This legislation fundamentally remade America as we know it today. We must fully repeal it and begin health care reform again based on ideas rooted in consumer choice and individual liberty.” Indeed, Cruz has championed an aggressive agenda for state action—including the pioneering use of an interstate compact under Article I section 10 of the Constitution—to repeal ObamaCare and to restrain the growth of the federal government.
Cruz pledged that, if he is elected, one of his primary goals will be to cut government spending and reduce the national debt. He will work to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that restricts the growth of government and requires a supermajority to raise taxes. “If we want to see real change, we must work to prevent government from spending our nation into bankruptcy. We must also make sure that taxes don’t increase, which is why it’s important to pass the two measures together,” he said.
In addition, he pledged never to take any earmarks during his Senate tenure because they are a vehicle for wasteful spending and abuse of the taxpayers’ trust. “Not taking earmarks is just a small step toward cutting wasteful government spending and abuse. The budget deficit and national debt are unsustainable—they are an oppressive burden on our children and grandchildren—and so we need to get serious about changing how things are done in Washington.”
“Men and women throughout Texas and America are standing up to join in the epic battle of our generation,” Ted Cruz concluded. “We will not go quietly into the night. This is a fight we’re going to win.”
Ted Cruz served as the Solicitor General of Texas from January 2003 to May 2008. As a candidate for Texas Attorney General in 2009, Ted gained endorsements from virtually every top conservative political leader across Texas and many nationally. He also achieved remarkable fundraising success, raising more than $1.3 million from nearly 1,000 donors in over 100 Texas cities and 25 states.
Ted is currently a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Houston, where he leads the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice.
He was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas.
Ted Cruz, 40, has been described by National Review as “a Republican star rising in Texas,” and as “a great Reaganite hope.”
Cruz has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 37 oral arguments, including eight before the U.S. Supreme Court.
During Cruz’s service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:
· U.S. sovereignty against the World Court in Medellin v. Texas.
· The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
· The constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument;
· The constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance;
· The constitutionality of Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
· The Texas congressional redistricting plan.
Ted has seen first-hand that America’s bedrock principle is the pursuit of freedom and opportunity. His father escaped oppression in Cuba and came to Texas penniless at age 18, not speaking a word of English, where he worked to achieve the American Dream.
Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi live in Houston, where he grew up, with their two-year-old daughter Caroline, and their new-born daughter Catherine.
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