Ted Cruz renews call for unlimited campaign contributions

Cruz wants no limits on political contributions, which would give the rich a lot more voice and influence than the poor and middle class.

Click here to read the full March 15, 2015 story in the Washington Post, which is quoted in part below.

Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that eliminating limits on how much money voters can give politicians would give people a greater say in the political process.

The Texas Republican, in New Hampshire courting grassroots support ahead of an expected presidential run, equated the flow of money to the First Amendment right to free speech: It is something that allows voices to be heard and candidates to be supported.

“I believe in free speech and the First Amendment, which means everyone here has a right to speak out in politics as effectively as possible,” Cruz said. “To speak out and make your views known, whether that is standing on a street corner on a soap box, whether that is printing out a yard sign, whether that is spending money to run a radio ad or a TV ad, effectively communicating.”

Cruz introduced legislation last year that would eliminate limits on direct political contributions — rendering super PACs pointless because individuals could give directly to candidates.

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Cruz recounted having “$35 million in nasty attack ads” leveled against him during his Senate run in Texas, but said his opponents had a constitutional right to run the spots.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Court Decision ‘Major Victory For The Rule Of Law’

Senator Ted Cruz lost no time in praising the ruling of a Texas federal judge that temporarily halted President Obama’s executive order on “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”  Can no Republican see that such events will only push Hispanics even more into the Democratic camp?

Click here to read the full story from Breitbart.com of February 17, 2015 quote in part below:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling a federal court ruling temporarily blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty a “major turning point” in the ongoing battle against the president’s actions.

“This is a major victory for the rule of law; the District Court’s ruling states that President Obama must now stop implementing these policies in ‘any and all aspects,’” Cruz said Tuesday.

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Monday, a Texas federal judge temporarily halted President Obama’s executive amnesty, ruling in favor of the 26 states challenging the president’s actions.

Cruz further noted that President Obama’s initial attempt at amnesty — with his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — served as an impetus to encourage hundreds of thousand unaccompanied minors to attempt to illegally come to the United States.

“Last summer we saw a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that was a direct consequence of Obama’s previous amnesty. Republicans are now standing together to try to ensure that it never happens again,” he said.

The decision comes as Senate Democrats filibuster a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would defund Obama’s executive amnesty.

Cruz trolls Obama on FCC’s Internet plan

Ted Cruz, defender of Internet freedom, takes a playful jab at President Obama’s plan for the FCC to regulate the Internet.

Click here to read and see this article of February 16, 2015 on the Personal Liberty website, which includes Senator Cruz’s parody video and the actual video of President Obama announcing his plan to regulate the Internet.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has continued his fight to halt the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to regulate the Internet like a public utility by trolling President Barack Obama with a new video.

On Friday, Cruz shared a video containing a mock weekly address from an Obama happy that the FCC plan was completed.

“Today I am happy to announce that the FCC has taken over the Internet,” says the mock Obama, before adding that the World Wide Web is now under control of the same government responsible for healthcare.gov.

Insane, Lying Ted Cruz Insists That Democrats are The One Percent Party

Some liberal critics too hung up on the truth suggest Senator Cruz is crazy and untruthful to suggest the Democrats are to blame for wealth in American being controlled by the top 1%, as if Republicans did not make looking after the super wealthy their number one priority.

Here is the full rant from The Ring of Fire dated February 9, including a video of Senator Cruz’s remarks to ABC.

On ABC News with host George Stephanopoulos, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had the audacity to insist yesterday that Democrats are the “top one percent” party, reported Raw Story.

Stephanopoulos was interviewing Cruz about the current economy and Hillary Clinton’s prospects of running for president in 2016. Stephanopoulos noted that there were one million new jobs added to the American labor market in the last three months.

“Look, if Hillary Clinton wants to run by telling Americans that the economy is doing great and that you can credit President Obama and Hillary Clinton for that, I would encourage her to follow that strategy,” said Cruz. “Because the simple reality is that’s true for the wealthy.”

“The top 1 percent under President Obama, the millionaires and billionaires that he constantly demagogues, earn a higher share of our income than any year since 1928. Those with power and influence, who walk the corridors of power of the Obama administration, have gotten fat and happy under big government.”

Sen. Cruz is attempting to hijack the liberal narrative of pointing out that the nation’s one percent are the ones who’ve been reaping the benefits of the economic recovery. We on the left have been saying that for years. The reason is not big government, and it’s not Obama.

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By making the GOP look like the party of the working man, he’s trying to appeal to blue-collar Americans who are still suffering from the 2008 economic collapse. He’s pushing the fact that wages have stagnated, a liberal talking point. The sad thing is that some people will pay attention to this drivel, believe it, and take it with them to the polls.

GOP senators block Ted Cruz move to hold up Loretta Lynch vote

The full February 4, 2015 story from Politico can be read by clicking this link.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategy of blocking a vote on President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee until the White House relents on immigration executive actions ran into a brick wall Wednesday: his own GOP colleagues.

Republican senators dismissed Cruz’s proposal for denying Loretta Lynch a confirmation vote in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor as part of the Texas firebrand’s strategy to use “every procedural tool” at the Senate’s disposal to override Obama’s actions, which could affect nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Disagreement with Cruz’s latest tactic was voiced by Republicans who both support and oppose Lynch’s nomination to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, and came despite the fact that other ways of expressing GOP opposition to the immigration moves have hit roadblocks.

“Republicans have been complaining about Eric Holder for a long time; this is an opportunity to make that change,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who plans to vote for Lynch. “I don’t think we should delay it at all. I think we ought to get her over there and get her working.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/loretta-lynch-vote-ted-cruz-114921.html#ixzz3QsH8akMm

Where 2016 GOPers stand on vaccinations

Click here for the full February 3, 2015 story in Politico.

After an outbreak of measles in 14 states, the debate on whether parents should vaccinate their children has broken out on the political stage.

On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely White House hopeful, said that parents “need to have some measure of choice” on vaccinating their children. The comments sparked backlash as public health officials are trying to contain a recent outbreak of measles, one believed to be fueled in part by many parents opting against vaccines.

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Cruz said Tuesday that “of course” children should be vaccinated, but added that whether such vaccines should be legally mandated was a decision best left to the states.

“We’ve got two little girls, we’ve vaccinated both our girls and would encourage people to do the same,” the Republican told POLITICO in an interview.

Cruz called the sudden controversy surrounding vaccinations “largely silliness stirred up by the media.”

“Nobody reasonably thinks Chris Christie is opposed to vaccinating kids other than a bunch of reporters who want to write headlines,” Cruz said.

Cruz said vaccination requirements should be decided at the state level, noting that some had “appropriate” exceptions for “good faith, religious convictions.” Cruz offered his own state of Texas as an example of a state that mandates vaccinations for children.

Still, he added: “But on the question of whether kids should be vaccinated, the answer is obvious and there’s widespread agreement – of course they should.”

Sen. Ted Cruz says school choice is a civil rights issue

Click here for the full Jan. 28 story from McClatchy News Service.

School choice is today’s top civil rights issue, Sen. Ted Cruz told a group of several hundred students at a rally in Washington on Wednesday during National School Choice Week.

“Just last week we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. In 1963, Dr. King stood at the Lincoln Memorial and promised justice for all of our children. School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” the Texas Republican senator and 2016 presidential hopeful said (hear his remarks here).

Cruz declared that school choice was a way of “ensuring every child has an opportunity to receive an excellent education, that it shouldn’t matter what your race or ethnicity or zip code is, every single child deserves an opportunity to achieve the very best.”