Critics of Ted Cruz have been claiming since he was elected to the US Senate that he is ‘inexperienced.’ They place emphasis on the JUNIOR Senator from Texas in his title. It makes this high-powered, 44-year-old lawyer sound like a kid. Junior. Like he’s not really a man yet. The problem is, he has more courage than 95% of the men and women currently serving in the House and Senate.
Last month I was privileged to sit in a room in Dallas Texas with Ted’s father, Rafael Cruz. He told the story of how when Ted was 13, he enrolled in the Free Market Education Foundation’s program for youth. While other kids his age were perfecting their skills on video games and watching the emergence of MTV as the very first all-music TV cable channel, Cruz was reading Friedman, Hayek, Bastiat, & Ludwig von Mises. He memorized the Constitution and travelled the country with his team and could quote it upon command in their presentations.
In 1992, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy, from the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. While at Princeton, he was a national debating champion, and had the Princeton debate clubs novice championship named after him.
Continuing on to Harvard Law School and became the editor of the Harvard Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and founded the Harvard Latino Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude in 1995. Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor, said of Cruz that he was, “Off-the-charts brilliant.” High praise from a Professor with the opposite political views.
After law school, Cruz clerked on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Michael Luttig, and the following year for Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court.
In 1998, he took a position at a private practice in Washington, D.C. with Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthol. While there, he worked on NRA advocacy, prepared testimony for the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, and represented Congressman John Boehner against Congressman Jim McDermott for illegally releasing a recording of a private phone conversation.
The following year, he joined the Bush campaign’s legal team as a legal policy advisor, and later prepared arguments for the Florida Supreme Court as well as the United States Supreme Court on Bush v. Gore during the 2000 Florida recount battle. He actually recruited John Roberts, later to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to join the Bush legal team.
Can you see the pattern yet? Ted Cruz, who is schooled intricately in economics, public policy, and international relations, finds one opportunity after another as his brilliance and hard work have made a name for him in our nation’s capitol. His successes are the result of who he is as a person, his work ethic, and intellect, along with a healthy dose of common sense. Anyone who can pass through two staunchly liberal universities and remain a committed conservative has the resolve and mettle of a world-class leader.
During the beginning of the George W. Bush presidency, he served as a Associate Deputy Attorney General, as well as Director of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission. He pushed for polices that would roll back federal regulation, and take on industry groups that he felt would stifle open competition. His comments on Net Neutrality are rooted in his understanding of government regulations and how they hamper private industry and innovation. His opposition to Obamacare flows naturally from his push to help deregulate the hospital industry while at the FTC.
The policy positions he has taken in the United States Senate, far from being a reaction to current conditions, are positions he has fought for from the beginning of his career. His grasp of government and how it affects the economy and US industry are vastly well-informed.
In 2003, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, now the Governor of Texas, hired Cruz to be the Solicitor General for the State of Texas. As the second-highest ranking legal officer for Texas, Cruz wrote 70 briefs for the Supreme Court, and argued before the court a total of 8 times.
The biggest case was the case of Jose Medellin, who had raped a teenage girl and strangled her with her own shoelaces. President Bush, the World Court, and the country of Mexico were weighing in to have the rapist deported to his home country and that the death penalty could not be applied to a foreign national. Cruz won 6-3, and Medellin was executed in 2008. Standing up to his former boss, George Bush, as well as world opinion, Ted Cruz showed the resolve of a man who is intent on delivering justice.
For 5 1/2 years, Cruz served as a member of the executive team for Greg Abbott, arguing before the Supreme Court more times than any other Solicitor General. As an executive, he handled appeals on behalf of the State of Texas in criminal and civl court, and managed a team of lawyers and support staff for his office. He advised the Attorney General, as well as the legal team for the Texas Department of Justice.
From 2008-2012, Ted Cruz worked in private practice, at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP. In 2011, he entered the race for US Senate to replace the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. David Dewhurst, the Republican Lieutenant Governor, also ran for the seat. In what was titled as the biggest upset of 2012, Cruz beat Dewhurst on a shoestring and with an army of grassroots supporters. His fundraising was primarily individual donors, showing his support from the average voter. He had around 2% name recognition when he declared against a well-known political operative in Dewhurst. All the pundits were stunned that Cruz pulled it off.
Fast forward to 2015: Ted Cruz, known nationally as the guy who shut the government down over Obamacare, declares to run for president. Immediately, critics complain he is ‘inexperienced,’ ‘extreme,’ or unqualified. None of those attacks hold any weight when measured against the length of his resume and his accomplishments.
In the two weeks following his announcement, Cruz raked in $35 million between his campaign and the four super pacs formed to support his bid for the Presidency. Again, the political class was shocked and had to switch up their attacks.
The bottom line? Ted Cruz has the intellect, the courage, the support, and the experience to run for President of the United States. When his resume is examined, there is no comparison to Barack Obama’s resume or experience before he ran for President. Ted is much more rounded and accomplished than Obama ever was.
Even comparisons to the other two US Senators in the race, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Cruz has much more experience in fighting for national policies and legal proceedings on national issues than either of them. His resume is suppressed by his critics, because they know how capable he is, and how dangerous he is. The GOP Establishment hates him, because he won’t go along to get along, but he calls them out as often as he does the Democratic Party.
He has a clear view of who he works for, the people of Texas, and not the party. Now, he wants to work for the American People. With his record in the Senate, we can be sure than cronyism will stop in a Cruz Administration, and that his priority will be fighting for Constitutional principles as President. He’s done it his entire career and education, starting when he was 13, in Rolland Storey’s Free Market Education Foundation.
Ted Cruz has what it takes to do the job, and to do it WELL.