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Ted Cruz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (TX) - Jr, Republican
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Ted Cruz refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 23 January 2012. "As tens of thousands of pro-life faithful converge on Washington, D.C. today for the 39th Annual March for Life, I'd like to express my strong solidarity with their ongoing fight to defend the dignity of human life at all stages. We've made important progress in recent years, including passage of the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds from going to abortion, all of which I was honored to help defend. Today is an important reminder that we still have a long way to go. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I'm committed to continue working to ensure that every child in America receives the protection and respect he or she deserves." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Discussing Limited Government with Blogger Matt Dowling. 2 August 2011. "I am strongly pro-life." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Defending Life. 21 February 2012. "Ted Cruz has fought to protect innocent human life. He played a leading role in several important cases, including defense of the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds from going to abortion. These cases have all been part of the ongoing effort to ensure that every child in America receives the protection and respect he or she deserves." (www.tedcruz.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. The Dallas Morning News: 2012 U.S. Senate Voter Guide. Responded "I believe that U.S. armed forces should be deployed only to protect the national security interests of the United States. When military action is required, we should use overwhelming force, have a clear and defined objective, and then get out. We should not engage in "nation-building," permanently occupying foreign nations. Instead, we should be focused directly on U.S. national security interests. We should come home from Afghanistan, but President Obama should not have set an arbitrary date based on political concerns rather than national security interests" to the question: "President Barack Obama wants to hand over all security of Afghanistan to Afghans by the end of 2014. Do you support that goal? Why or why not?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Brian Buldoc. National Review Cover Story: ˜As Good As It Gets'. 7 October 2011. "On foreign policy, Cruz is less than sanguine about nation building: 'I don't think we should be engaged in long-term nation building. I think there are too many nations on earth to build up, and it's not our military's job.' When asked about Afghanistan and Iraq, Cruz is cautious. After a few munches on his sandwich, he says, 'What I don't think is acceptable is for us just to stay there in perpetuity and try to rebuild each nation into a perfect utopia. That's not our job and not our role. I think we have an important role stopping and killing terrorists.'" (www.tedcruz.org)
  • Will Weissert. El Paso Times: Texas US Senate candidates agree on illegal immigration, other issues in debate. 23 June 2012. "They agreed that the U.S. should not commit to military action in Syria, and said that while the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began for noble reasons, they went on too long." (www.elpasotimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. The Dallas Morning News: 2012 U.S. Senate Voter Guide. Responded "In 2010, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the single biggest threat to national security is the national debt. If we do not get our debt under control, it will dominate every other issue. If interest rates rise, our debt payments will consume more and more of the federal budget"seriously jeopardizing the funds to protect our national defense" to the question: "What foreign policy challenge do you predict the U.S. will be dealing with in 10 years that is not in the headlines today?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Will Weissert. El Paso Times: Texas US Senate candidates agree on illegal immigration, other issues in debate. 23 June 2012. "Both candidates said they wouldn't authorize blanket cuts to the U.S. defense budget to balance the federal budget - but agreed there were areas where even military spending could be trimmed back." (www.elpasotimes.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz on the Critical Issues. 2 October 2012. "Mr. Cruz believes the best National Defense is a strong, well-funded and citizen supported military. He has worked to make sure that our military men and women have the rights to the best training, medical care and equipment to best serve their position in the military." (www.votetedcruz.org)
  • Ted Cruz. CBS Local: 2012 Digital Debate. "There is fraud, waste and abuse in every government program, and this includes our military. While it is vital to ensure that we have the defense systems necessary to protect America's vital security interests, we should explore cuts in every part of our budget when warranted. In defense issues, I will rely strongly on the advice of our military leaders to ensure all programs meet vital needs, and are not simply pork projects that do not substantially advance our national defense. With respect to the current sequestration fight, however, I want to be perfectly clear: under no circumstances do I think it is acceptable to indiscriminately hack billions from defense spending while refusing to get our entire fiscal house in order" to the question "As part of your effort to cut federal government spending, would that include any cuts to the Pentagon? Are there any defense-related programs that could and should be cut? Why or why not?" (digitaldebate.cbslocal.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Unequivocally "No" on Debt Vote. 1 August 2011. "Any sensible bill would include four elements: (1) real spending cuts now, not phantom cuts from defense and budgets a decade in the future [¦]" (www.tedcruz.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. The Wall Street Journal - The Tea Party's Senate Insurgency Hits Texas. 25 May 2012. "He favors school choice, personal accounts for Social Security and a 'low uniform tax rate--either a flat tax or the FairTax,' he says, and his goal in the Senate would be to 'cut federal spending as much and as quickly as possible.'" (votesmart.org)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" “ Transcript. 5 August 2012. Answered " I don't think so at all, at least not for higher tax rate [¦] The reason I don't think so is I don't think the problem in Washington is too little taxes. I think the problem in Washington is too much spending. If you look historically, federal tax revenue historically have been roughly 18 percent of GDP. Federal spending has been roughly 20 percent of GDP. In the last three years, it's gone from 20 percent of GDP to 25 percent of GDP." to the question: "All right. Well, let me ask you about that, because that raises a question Washington has been roiling with for the last few years. Reduce the debt, cut spending -- more revenue?" (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz on the Critical Issues. 2 October 2012. "Ted Cruz has proven himself time and time again as a firm advocate of cutting taxes. Mr. Cruz was one of the conservatives that took the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by the ATR. This pledge commits signers to oppose any efforts in increasing tax rates for businesses and/or individuals. This pledge is a perfect example of Ted's commitment to lowering taxes." (www.votetedcruz.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" “ Transcript. 30 July 2012. "Stop the assault on right-to-work states. Repeal Dodd-Frank. Allow small and medium companies to opt out of Sarbanes-Oxley. And then we've got to dramatically shrink the spending in government and pass a strong balanced budget amendment, so we can get the federal government and our debt under control. Slash the corporate tax rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" “ Transcript. 5 August 2012. "I mean, our country is in a crisis point right now and we're saying -- and this is true all over the country -- that the American people are looking for new leader to step up and stop spending money we don't have [¦] I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody, Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, I'll work with Martians, if -- and the "if" is critical -- they are willing to cut spending and reduce the debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. New Cruz Radio Ad Details Dewhurst's Deceptive Diversions. 17 July 2012. "This is Ted Cruz and I'm running for Senate because politicians from both parties have let us down. No flip flops, no backtracks. Just stop the spending. Restore the Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. A Growth and Jobs Agenda. 7 September 2011. "Cut the Federal Budget and Reform Entitlements. Our federal budget is out of control, and broken entitlements are the largest portion of that budget. Under President Obama, federal debt has grown by over $4 trillion. At this pace, Obama will dump more debt on the American people than any other President in history. We need serious federal spending cuts " real cuts, not just decreases in the rate of growth " and fundamental entitlement reform to resolve the ever-growing debt crisis." (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Cruz: Agenda for jobs would limit government. 14 September 2011. "Earlier this month - nearly three years into his presidency - President Obama proposed his long awaited 'jobs agenda.' Unfortunately, it consisted of yet another rehash of the same big-government stimulus programs that have consistently failed to generate jobs. Government doesn't create jobs. The private sector - entrepreneurs risking capital to meet a demonstrated need - creates jobs. But government can kill jobs." (www.chron.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" “ Transcript. 30 July 2012. "Stop the assault on right-to-work states. Repeal Dodd-Frank. Allow small and medium companies to opt out of Sarbanes-Oxley. And then we've got to dramatically shrink the spending in government and pass a strong balanced budget amendment, so we can get the federal government and our debt under control. Slash the corporate tax rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" “ Transcript. 5 August 2012. "Well, and part of that has been the policies of this administration, the Obama administration, has waged a war on jobs and a war on small business [¦] At the end of the day, two-thirds of all new jobs in the economy come from small business. And we need the boot of the government off the back of the neck of small business." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Jobs and Growth. 15 September 2011. "Slash corporate tax rates. Right now, U.S. corporations face the highest tax rate in the developed world, and they face double taxation if they invest their profits in America. As a result, American companies are today keeping more than $2 trillion overseas. We should cut corporate tax rates to 15 percent immediately to spur new investment and create new jobs in America." (www.tedcruz.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Video: Ted Cruz Entire Speech - Tea Party Express Rally (Austin, Texas - . "We need to eliminate unnecessary and unconstitutional agencies. We need to eliminate the Department of Education. Education is too important for it to be controlled by a bunch of unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Education needs to be at the state level, at the local level, at the families, homeschoolers. We need to bring it back to the people." 10 May 2012. (www.youtube.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "LIKE if you believe we should explore our vast domestic resources NOW, and that it's time to end our dangerous dependence on Middle East oil." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" “ Transcript. 30 July 2012. "Revoke the offshore drilling moratorium. Stop the abuse of enforcement of environmental laws. Slash the corporate tax rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Video: Ted Cruz on Fox 26 in Houston. 2 April 2012. "This President has waged a war on jobs, and he's waged a war on oil and gas. Now we're seeing an explosion of new reserves being discovered because of the technological advances in fracking and, both on the oil and gas side, it's transformed it. And yet you look at it, production is not increasing on federal lands, we've had the offshore drilling moratorium. We have the EPA abusively enforcing environmental laws. And this makes no sense." (youtu.be)
  • Ted Cruz. A Growth and Jobs Agenda. 7 September 2011. "Revoke the Offshore Drilling Moratorium. The Obama Administration unilaterally imposed a blanket moratorium on drilling, which a federal court subsequently found was contrary to federal law. Nonetheless, a de facto administrative moratorium remains, killing thousands of high-paying jobs and hindering economic growth in Texas and the entire Gulf Coast. It's time to end the moratorium." (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Supporting Energy Independence. 21 February 2012. "Ted Cruz helped lead the fight against President Obama's Moratorium on Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico." (www.tedcruz.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. A Growth and Jobs Agenda. 7 September 2011. "Kill Cap and Trade. The Obama administration has relentlessly pushed, in cap and trade, the largest energy tax in history, which would take thousands of dollars from every family in America. Unable to pass it through Congress, the EPA is attempting to bypass Congress and force cap and trade on Americans by adopting back-door regulations. We must stop both efforts now." (www.nationalreview.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 16 June 2011. "I, Ted Cruz, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Texas and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. The Dallas Morning News: 2012 U.S. Senate Voter Guide. Responded "My view of climate science is the same as that of many climate scientists: We need a much better understanding of the climate before making policy choices that would impose substantial economic costs on our Nation. There remains considerable uncertainty about the effect of the many factors that influence climate: the sun, the oceans, clouds, the behavior of water vapor (the main greenhouse gas), volcanic activity, and human activity. Nonetheless, climate-change proponents based their models on assumptions about those factors, and now we know that many of those assumptions were wrong. For example, the models predicted accelerated warming over the last 15 years, but there has been no warming during that time [¦] So, we need to be good stewards of the environment, but we also have to be rational. We came very close to adopting a cap & tax scheme that would have devastated our economy without a single demonstrable benefit. Now EPA has adopted greenhouse gas regulations on the basis of scientific assumptions that have been totally undermined by the latest science--and those regulations are going to have a devastating impact on many American families and businesses if we don't roll them back" to the question: "What is your view on the science of man-made climate change? Do you support legislation that would reduce the output of greenhouse gases, and, if so, what approach would you take?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Video: Ted Cruz on Fox 26 in Houston. 2 April 2012. "This President has waged a war on jobs, and he's waged a war on oil and gas. Now we're seeing an explosion of new reserves being discovered because of the technological advances in fracking and, both on the oil and gas side, it's transformed it. And yet you look at it, production is not increasing on federal lands, we've had the offshore drilling moratorium. We have the EPA abusively enforcing environmental laws. And this makes no sense." (youtu.be)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "LIKE if you agree we need to continue fighting tirelessly to defend the Second Amendment!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Leading the Fight for the 2nd Amendment. 21 February 2012. "Ted Cruz has led the way in defense of our right to keep and bear arms. He led a coalition of 31 states protecting the 2nd Amendment by challenging the unconstitutional ban on gun rights in Washington, D.C." (www.tedcruz.org)
  • Ted Cruz. The Dallas Morning News: 2012 U.S. Senate Voter Guide. Responded "Authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The ban on firearms was struck down in a 5-4 landmark decision before the U.S. Supreme Court" to the question: "What is an example of how you led a team or group toward achieving an important goal?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 11 January 2012. "Can we retake the U.S. Senate? Can we repeal ObamaCare? And can we defeat President Obama? Click LIKE if you think the answer is 'Yes. We. Can!'" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 11 November 2011. "LIKE if you think we should repeal every word of ObamaCare." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Fighting for America's Free-Market Economy. 21 February 2012. "Pioneered a leading proposal to defeat ObamaCare, restore state authority, and fight federal overreach through interstate compacts." (www.tedcruz.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Video: Ted Cruz on Fox 26 in Houston. 2 April 2012. "The first bill I intend to introduce in the Senate is a bill to repeal every syllable of every word of Obamacare." (www.youtube.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 9 February 2012. "President Obama wants to punish the Catholic Church and force them to accept an agenda directly contrary to their faith. This battle is just the beginning of what we will see daily if ObamaCare is not stopped. LIKE if you agree that's wrong and we must stop socialized medicine." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Video: A History of Defending Conservative Principles with Lawrence Person. 2 August 2011. "With respect to a path to citizenship or amnesty, I categorically oppose it." (www.youtube.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Cruz: Obama Amnesty Decision Cravenly Political, Lawless. 15 June 2011. "The Constitution places on the President the solemn responsibility to ˜take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.' President Obama has repeatedly defied the Constitution and flouted the rule of law. His latest decision to refuse to enforce our immigration laws is cravenly political, lawless, and wrong. We have a crisis in illegal immigration, and the federal government must get serious about securing our borders; this latest Obama policy is nothing more than an attempt to enact back-door amnesty, and I categorically oppose amnesty." (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Video: Ted Cruz on Fox 26 in Houston. 2 April 2012. "I strongly oppose illegal immigration. I categorically oppose amnesty. And I strongly support legal immigrants who come here following the rules, seeking the American dream." (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ted Cruz. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "As the Solicitor General of Texas, I had a proven record of fighting to successfully defend traditional marriage in Texas, as the union between one man and one woman. We need to continue that fight in the Senate. LIKE if you agree that the courts should not force gay marriage on Texas or the nation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ted Cruz. Protecting Traditional Marriage. 21 February 2012. "Ted Cruz has worked hard in defense of traditional marriage, including his intervention in a case protecting Texas marriage laws. In addition, he has fought on the federal level to defend marriage between one man and one woman as the fundamental building block of society." (www.tedcruz.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Ted Cruz. Video: TribLive: Cruz on Social Security. 11 September 2011. "But the third change that I think is absolutely critical is to allow taxpayers to have a portion of their social security funds go to a personal account that they own and control." (www.youtube.com)
  • Ted Cruz. The Wall Street Journal - The Tea Party's Senate Insurgency Hits Texas. 25 May 2012. "He favors school choice, personal accounts for Social Security and a 'low uniform tax rate--either a flat tax or the FairTax,' he says, and his goal in the Senate would be to 'cut federal spending as much and as quickly as possible.'" (votesmart.org)

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