U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the following statement regarding the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:
This week, President Hugo Chavez went to meet his Maker. His legacy will not soon be forgotten. Chavez's death has left the people of Venezuela with the world's 2nd highest misery index, 4th highest murder rate, and a 22% inflation rate. His record is a prime example of how socialist policies degrade freedom, stifle innovation, and hurt those least off in society. Regimes like those under Chavez are a stark reminder of how much we have to be thankful for here in America, where our Constitution guarantees our liberty and ensures freedom to pursue opportunity, no matter one's background, race, or status.
Our prayers are with the people of Venezuela. We can only hope that the results of Chavez's tragic record will spur Venezuela to fight for a brighter, freer future.