Saturday, February 26, 2011

Meet Ted Cruz a.k.a. The Marco Rubio of Texas

Earlier this month at CPAC, I had the privilege of meeting Ted Cruz, a 2012 Republican candidate for Senate in Texas. He attended several of the events, including the Blogger Bash on Thursday night, where I had the opportunity to talk at length with him about his background and why he's running for Senate.

Cruz has been getting a lot of favorable comparisons to Florida's own Marco Rubio, and for good reason. Beyond their shared Cuban heritage, Cruz is also dedicated to fiscal conservatism and respect for our Constitution. He's an attorney (just like Rubio and yours truly) and actually worked on Bush v. Gore. As an election law attorney, it was a real thrill to hear some first-hand stories from him about that famous (or infamous, depending on your opinion of the ruling, ha!) case.

I found Cruz to be sincere and thoughtful. This is a candidate who is a Republican not because he checked a box at some point, but because he has seriously and carefully considered the issues and truly believes that the conservative position is the best solution for preserving what makes America great. He carries his conservatism deep in his heart and discusses the issues with a calm intelligence. In my opinion, he would be an asset for our party in the U.S. Senate, and a true advocate for conservative principles.

I'm not the only one to make the comparison between Rubio and Cruz. From The Shark Tank:

Cruz’s background is similar to another young Cuban-American Senator, one Marco Rubio, recently elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Marco Rubio. Cruz’s father escaped Cuba at the age of 18 and came to the U.S. where he like many other immigrants struggled but was able to provide for his family and successfully assimilate into the American society. Cruz’s father instilled in him the value of education and hard work, and he stressed the importance of an environment that allows every American the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Cruz clearly appreciates and understands the true meaning of Conservative principles and values, and he could very well be the next Rubio-esque candidate elected to the U.S. Senate.
Shark Tank blogger Javier Manjarres conducted a great interview with Cruz at CPAC. Here's the video:

RedState has also taken notice of Cruz. Moe Lane put up a post about Cruz yesterday, along with this video:

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