American politics in the 20th century seems to be in constant odds between the Republican and Democratic parties towards the White House Crown. In the next coming months, we can only expect that more politicians will surely begin to announce their presidential runs. Monday morning, the Republican senator from Texas bypassed his home state to announce his bid at Liberty University, becoming the first Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 race. Ted Cruz, jumped into the presidential campaign, announcing his intentions in his Twitter account @tedcruz . “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” as he tweeted simply with an embedded video.
“It’s a time for truth, a time to rise to the challenge, just as Americans have always done,” Cruz says in over a minute video. “I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise. It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again. And I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight.”
Being a strong supporter for pro-life campaigns, Cruz seems to be on the more conservative side, and even though he is stalwart adversary of same-sex marriages, he has stated that those matters should be decided by the local state governments. From his rich multi-cultural past, Cruz is the first Hispanic from Texas to serve as a U.S. Senator and has a lot of experience working in the federal government, as well as being the chairman overseeing some significant judiciary and other federal committees, such as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, just to name a few. Cruz also was a close advisor to George W. Bush during Bush’s first run for presidency back in 2000.
Most notably, Cruz voted against the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, that would have created the National Endowment for the Oceans and authorize more than $26 billion in projects to be built by the Army Corps of Engineers, at least $16 billion of which will come from federal taxpayers. Alongside environmental issues, Cruz was a co-sponsor for the failed yet highly publicized Keystone Pipeline bill that was criticized by many. The reason for the hesitation may be concern that doing away with the ban could lead to a rise in home heating prices or the cost of gasoline at the pump. Cruz said ending the ban would be “good policy.” He ultimately stated that he denies any form of climate change to be true.
Cruz is also one of the biggest rivals for ObamaCare, and actually was one of the leading characters to cause the 2013 government shutdown, due to the fact of his firm stance against ObamaCare funding would not be swayed. He also stated that he wants to abolish the IRS, declaring that it is a corrupt organization that hurts the American people.
Meanwhile, netizens outburst with full support as well as antagonistic views over Ted Cruz’s candidacy. Just go to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and search for “Ted Cruz,” “#TedCruz2016″ or “Ted Cruz candidate.” Yes! People’s heads are truly exploding.
Many conservative activists are celebrating Cruz’s official announcement that he’ll run for president. They believe he’s just what they and the rest of America need: a principled, small-government conservative who sticks to his guns no matter what. His supporters gather round as seen in this video:
Nevertheless, you can read article after article, tweet after every comment and hashtag on social media with the people’s outright disdain about his candidacy. Appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday, Brown said that Cruz is “absolutely unfit to be running for office” because of his position on climate change.
In his interview with Matt Lauer, the Today show host pressed Senator and now-presidential candidate Ted Cruz on whether the no-compromise style Cruz has developed as a dissenting senator could make the transition to the Oval Office.
“In your short-time in the Senate, you’ve developed a reputation as a guy who won’t back down,” Lauer said, noting Cruz’s intransigence has even angered members of his own party. “Will you bring that brand of no compromise to the White House?”
“I’ve never said I won’t compromise,” Cruz said.
“Shortly after elected, you said, ‘I don’t think what Washington needs is more compromise,’”
“Because what Washington does often is compromise backwards,” Cruz said. “I’m perfectly happy to work with anyone…if they’re shrinking the size of government, if they’re turning around the debt, if they’re expanding liberty.”
Cruz contrasted this with the Cromnibus spending bill Congress passed last fall. “That’s not a good compromise, because it’s not fixing the problems in this country,” Cruz said.
Watch the clip via NBC:
Ted Cruz’s stances have both very positive as well as negative critiques to them. Are you as excited as they are? On another note, will he win the votes and the trust of the country’s citizens? We’ll see.