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Ted Cruz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (TX) - Jr, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate - Jr
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2018, 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

  • "As we push forward in this election cycle, let us not forget what is most important -- our God-given right to life. Thank you to the men and women on this leadership team who are on the front lines of the battle to protect the sanctity of life […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040221/cruz-grows-pro-life-coalition-in-south-carolina#.WnjCLGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by the Texas Right to Life https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135705/ted-cruz#.WniYQ2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135705/ted-cruz#.WniZG2e3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/20278/54058/135705/pain-capable-unborn-child-protection-act#.WnivWWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We're still in the early stages, but I believe we're going to get tax reform done. What I am urging my colleagues, and what I'm urging the President on tax reform is really two words: bold and simple. Be bold and be simple Texans need meaningful tax cuts." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200076/sen-cruz-the-progress-weve-made-is-a-testament-to-texas-can-do-spirit/?search=tax%20cut#.WnjFQWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Ideally I would like to see a simple flat tax -- where every American can fill out your taxes on a postcard -- and we can abolish the IRS." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1172200/sen-cruz-on-ktsa-san-antonio-with-jack-riccardi/?search=flat#.WnjF_Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Our goal should not be to simply pour back into the Department of Defense the trillion of dollars President Obama so irresponsibly drained out, but rather to seize this opportunity to make a generational investment in our defenses that will keep not only us but also our children and grandchildren safe--and that we do so in a way that also maintains a commitment to fiscal responsibility." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1040209/cruz-we-will-invest-in-our-military-with-a-simple-goal-more-tooth-less-tail/?search=defense%20budget#.WnjX6Ge3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "My legislation would put Americans on a level playing field with the media and politicians when it comes to influencing elections and exercising our First Amendment rights. […] Establishing unlimited contributions paired with immediate disclosure is the best way to promote transparency, eliminate the viability of SuperPACs going forward, and ensure that free speech is protected in the electoral process." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1145170/statements-on-introduced-bills-and-joint-resolutions#.WnjJgWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I shudder to think what a Supreme Court with a decisive liberal majority would have done. They would surely have rolled back the First Amendment right to free speech by overturning Citizens United […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1144062/sen-cruz-we-have-the-opportunity-to-revive-the-rule-of-law-in-america/?search=citizens%20united#.WnjK6me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Senate's tax reform bill takes a significant step toward fulfilling our promise to provide tax relief for American families across our country […] This bill significantly lowers our corporate tax rate -- currently the highest in the developed world -- which will bring needed jobs back to America and up to $2.9 trillion in capital back to our economy." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1211160/sen-cruz-announces-support-for-senate-tax-bill/?search=Tax%20Cuts%20and%20Jobs%20Act#.WnjEUGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62173/135705/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WnjDLWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] I promised on the very first day in office that I'm going to direct the Department of Education that Common Core ends that day." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1056027/sen-ted-cruz-cnn-milwaukee-republican-presidential-town-hall/?search=common%20core#.WnjMVGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Every Student Succeeds Act unfortunately continues to propagate the large and ever-growing role of the federal government in our education system--the same federal government that sold us failed top-down standards like Common Core. We should be empowering parents and local school districts instead of perpetuating the same tired approach that continues to fail our nation's children." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1030598/sen-cruz-issues-statement-on-the-every-student-succeeds-act/?search=common%20core#.WnjNhGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Stop EPA Overreach and the War on Coal. Exclude greenhouse gases from regulation by EPA and other federal agencies Stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/847470/cruz-we-need-a-great-american-energy-renaissance-to-save-us-from-the-obama-economy/?search=renew#.VO-qUKC0SXU (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135705/ted-cruz#.WniZG2e3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "I am grateful for the opportunity to reverse the previous administration's misguided policies and champion Texans' and Americans' freedom to protect themselves and their families." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1172713/sen-cruz-cosponsors-the-protecting-the-second-amendment-act#.WnjHhGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "When citizens cease to have the right to defend ourselves, we cease to be free. Under the previous administration, we saw an unprecedented attack on our constitutional rights. I am optimistic about the direction of the new Administration and will continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of every American and every Texan." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1150136/sen-cruz-addresses-texas-state-rifle-association-annual-meeting#.WnjH12e3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] pursue all means possible to repeal Obamacare. There is a reason Obamacare has miserable 37% approval ratings: it has caused millions to lose their jobs, be forced into part-time work, lose their health insurance, lose their doctors, and pay skyrocketing premiums. It simply isn't working." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/929916/usa-today-ted-cruz-republican-priorities-for-2015#.WnjRS2e3wfJ (votesmart.org)
  • "Hardworking Americans are hurting under Obamacare, and I remain committed to honoring our promise to repeal and replace this disastrous law […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1202407/sen-cruz-reintroduces-bills-to-make-critical-healthcare-reforms/?search=obamacare#.WnjSome3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/23486/60681/135705/obamacare-repeal-reconciliation-act-of-2017#.WnjRime3wfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall's cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump's stated border security objectives, all while easing the impact on our federal budget." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1184006/brooks-introduces-cruz-immigration-in-the-house-to-fund-border-wall/?search=border%20wall#.WnjOKWe3wfl (votesmart.org)
  • El Paso Times "I also think the president is right: We need to build a wall […]" http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/24/sen-ted-cruz-targets-obamacare-during-el-paso-visit/597749001/ (www.elpasotimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Hill "I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally […]" http://thehill.com/latino/370771-cruz-no-path-to-citizenship-for-dreamers (thehill.com)
  • "The solutions are really quite simple: Secure the border, end the amnesty and implement a system that celebrates legal immigration […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/914041/the-hill-cruz-obama-holding-the-border-hostage/?search=dreamer#.WnjPLme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we're facing a humanitarian crisis of 90,000 unaccompanied children at the border, along with growing national security threats. We should welcome and celebrate legal immigrants who follow the rules, and at the same time honor the will of the people and prevent any more illegal amnesty." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/929916/usa-today-ted-cruz-republican-priorities-for-2015#.WnjQtGe3wfJ (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Washington Post "If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I don’t agree with it, but that’s their right." https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/02/26/sen-ted-cruz-defends-colorados-right-to-legalize-marijuana/?utm_term=.5f7ce9255f45 (www.washingtonpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] deal seriously with the twin threats of ISIL and a nuclear Iran, including passing legislation that strips American citizens who join ISIL of their U.S. passports so they cannot return home and wage jihad against innocent men and women. We must rebuild our military, protect our nation, and restore America's leadership in the world." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929916/usa-today-ted-cruz-republican-priorities-for-2015#.VO9rW6C0SXU (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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