Spotlight on Ted Cruz

2016 Presidential Election

I had the distinct honor of representing Upson County, GA as a delegate at the state GOP convention. I heard two presidential hopefuls speak: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. I respect both men and their candidacies, yet Ted Cruz hit the ball out of the park.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz appeared at the GOP Georgia convention on Saturday evening. He spoke to a very enthusiastic crowd about the upcoming presidential election, saying that “the stakes have never been higher. If we spend another four or eight years on the same path, I believe we will do irreparable damage to our country.”

Some of his platform issues include:

  • Tax and regulatory reform as keys to boosting growth and opportunity
  • A simple “flat tax” so that every American could fill out their taxes on a postcard
  • Abolish the IRS
  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Defend constitutional rights
  • Abolish “Common Core” curriculum public schools

Cruz spoke easily and joked with the crowd, suggesting that after abolishing the IRS, the 90,000 IRS workers be put to work guarding America’s southern border. He said the first thing illegals would face is 90,000 IRS agents, and they’d turn around and run home.

He received thunderous applause when he said, “Washington is fundamentally broken–I’ve been there and I’ve seen it. … The answer will come from the American people.”

Cruz has said state governments should be able to set their own limits on abortions and that he does not see evidence that global warming is occurring. He worked in George W. Bush’s Presidential administration, and holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Cruz’s wife, Heidi also worked in the Bush White House. She is a former managing director at Goldman Sachs, in Houston. The couple has two small children: Caroline and Catherine.

Ted’s mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.

Ted’s father, Rafael, was born in Cuba and tortured and imprisoned during the communist takeover. He fled to the United States, attended the University of Texas at Austin and then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.

Why this Matters: There will be a battle in the Republican party between centrist-moderate “RINOS” (Republicans in name only) who will try to eliminate the social issues from the platform. If someone like Jeb Bush or Chris Christie is our nominee, we will have gained very little in this election.

How to Pray: Ask God for an excellent candidate, and that the political process will work good in all of their lives. Pray that the Republican candidate will stand firm on his/her conservative values, even though there will be pressure from the media and others to move to the center.

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