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Ted Cruz presidential campaign, 2016

 

Ted Cruz presidential campaign, 2016

Cruz for President
Campaign Republican primaries
U.S. presidential election, 2016
Candidate Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator (2013–present)
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced March 23, 2015
Headquarters P.O. Box 25376
Houston, Texas
Key people Jeff Roe, campaign manager, Jason Johnson , chief strategist
Receipts US$26,567,298 (2015-09-30[1])
Slogan
Website
Cruz for President

The 2016 presidential campaign of Ted Cruz, the junior United States Senator from Texas, was announced through social media and a later event at Liberty University on March 23, 2015. Cruz has been seen as a potential candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States since shortly after taking office in 2013. Cruz is the first Cuban American to run for President of the United States, declaring approximately three weeks before fellow Republican Marco Rubio (who is also of Cuban ancestry).

Background

Senator Cruz speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland

Leading up the 2016 presidential election cycle, commentators expressed their opinion that Cruz would run for President in 2016.[2][3][4] On March 14, 2013, he gave the keynote speech at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.[5] He tied for 7th place in the 2013 CPAC straw poll on March 16, winning 4% of the votes cast.[6] He performed even more strongly in the 2014 CPAC straw poll, coming in second with 11% behind Kentucky senator Rand Paul.[7] In the 2015 CPAC poll, he came in third with 11.5% behind Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and Paul.[8] In October 2013, Cruz won the Values Voter Summit Presidential straw poll with 42% of the vote, which was the highest percentage of any winning candidate in that poll's history.[9] A year later, he won the same poll again by a smaller margin of 25%, becoming the first person to ever win more than one VVS straw poll.[10] He came in first place in the two most recent Presidential straw polls conducted in 2014 with 30.33% of the vote at the Republican Leadership Conference[11] and 43% of the vote at the Republican Party of Texas state convention.[12]

Cruz spoke at events in the summer of 2013 across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, early Citizens United.[14] The event was attended by several potential presidential candidates.[15] In his speech, Cruz mentioned that Latinos, young people and single mothers, are the people most affected by the recession, and that the Republican Party should make outreach efforts to these constituents. He also said that the words "growth and opportunity” should be tattooed on the hands of every Republican politician.[14]

Campaign

Cruz with his wife Heidi at a rally in Houston, March 2015

Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency on March 23, 2015, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, during the student convocation.[16][17] He became the first announced major Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 campaign.[18][19]

In the first few months of the campaign, Cruz held campaign rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[20] Cruz expressed his intent in May to not engage in "personal attacks" with other candidates as the field started to increase, opting to only focus on issues, which he defined as the "meat" of politics.[21] Cruz welcomed several candidates into the race following their individual announcements of their candidacy for the presidency, praising them as well.[22][23] On August 3, 2015, Cruz was featured in YouTube video frying bacon off the end of a semi-automatic rifle at the Central Iowa Impact Gun Range in Boone, Iowa.[24] "There is nothing I enjoy more than on weekends cooking breakfast with the family,” Cruz said in the video. “Of course in Texas we cook bacon a little differently than most folks.”[25]

Cruz successfully qualified for the first presidential debate of the election cycle, coming in 6th place in the overall list of the top 10 candidates.[26] Cruz's performance was mostly well-received, although debate coach and strategist Michael Sheehan found him annoying and strategist Rick Wilson wondered if the performance, despite showing "Cruz-like brilliance", helped him as much as people thought.[27] In a NBC News poll released on August 9, three days following the Ohio Republican presidential debate, Cruz came in 2nd place with 13% overall, more than doubling his prior support.[28]

Cruz journeyed to the southern states in the days following the debate, eight of which being slated to cast ballots on March 1 on a day monikered the "SEC Primary". He courted voters while going on bus tours, his rivals spending time campaigning in Iowa. "Like the SEC does two-a-days, we're doing two-a-days here right now," Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said. "Everybody comes in for a Fourth of July event -- a big speech, or some sort of cattle call -- but spending the time, doing these type of events? We don't see that from anybody else."[29]

The second Republican presidential debate took place on September 16, at the David Souter and John Roberts to the Supreme Court, arguing the pair could have appointed conservatives in their place that would have voted "differently on cases that enraged the conservative base."[30] In a poll released on September 20, four days after the debate, Cruz came in sixth place, tied with Mike Huckabee.[31] Cruz visited Kentucky around this time, in support of the release of Kim Davis, but reportedly was blocked by an aide to Huckabee from appearing alongside her.[32]

Days after fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump did not correct a man who claimed President Obama was a Muslim, a move that generated controversy and negative reception by the White House, Democrats and Republicans, Cruz declined to answer whether he thought the president was a Christian, reasoning that Obama's faith "is between him and God" and opted to give his stance that the Obama administration had been antagonistic towards Christians.[33] Cruz debunked fellow presidential candidate Ben Carson's claim that a Muslim should not serve as President, saying, "The Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office, and I'm a constitutionalist."[34]

Momentum post CNBC debate

Cruz was a participant in the CNBC Republican presidential debate on October 28. In his opening statement, he stressed his willingness to govern properly and charged the moderators with asking bait questions. Cruz's performance was well-received, as he had "effectively articulated" his strategy of being the second choice for voters, enough of which would give him "the broadest base of support left when the dust clears."[35] Cruz was also seen as having won the debate.[36] Cruz was the most discussed of all candidates on Facebook the night of the debate and came in second to Donald Trump on Twitter for the most-talked about.[37]

On October 31, Cruz was a speaker at there Growth and Opportunity Party event in Iowa. It was commented that Cruz received the biggest showing of the ten candidates present at the event.[38] In a poll released on November 2, Cruz came in second place for favorability among Iowans, only surpassed by Ben Carson.[39] Two other polls released the same day showed Cruz in third place in Iowa at 15%, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson.[40]

Strategy

Theodore Schleifer of

  • Cruz for President official campaign site

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See also

Endorsements

Less than 24 hours after the CNBC Republican presidential debate, the Cruz campaign raised US$1.1 million in what was the third straight post debate US$1 million fundraising haul.[68]

On October 8, the Cruz campaign announced US$12 million during the previous fundraising quarter, noted by The New York Times as being "substantially less" than that of Ben Carson's campaign who raised US$20 million in the same time but double than that of Marco Rubio, who had raised US$6 million within that period. in a campaign statement, it was reported more than 6,000 of his contributors had pledged intentions to make recurring donations every month.[66] By this point, according to the Campaign Finance Institute, Cruz was in second place for in the Republican primary for large donors, after Jeb Bush. On October 26, billionaire Darwin Deason announced alongside "five other wealthy Texans" that they would be aboard his campaign.[67]

Within the days following the first Republican primary debate, Cruz announced in Franklin, Tennessee that his campaign had raised over US$1 million in the first 100 hours.[63] It was reported by National Journal that donors who had supported fellow Texan politician and former Governor of Texas Rick Perry during his 2012 presidential campaign had given Cruz over US$895,000 while Perry had only been given US$376,000 for his own 2016 campaign, concurrent with Cruz's.[64] Within the first 48 hours after the second Republican primary debate, Cruz's campaign raised US$1 million, the result of more than 15,000 donations, the average being US$49.54. Cruz said he was "thrilled by the outpouring of financial support we’ve seen in such a short amount of time".[65]

On April 8, 2015, it was reported that super PACs backing Cruz had raised US$31 million in a week, one of the biggest fundraising surges in modern presidential-race history to date.[55] The Cruz campaign is funded by six separate super PACs,[56] an unusually large number, described as "unprecedented" by CNN campaign finance experts.[57][58] According to Dathan Voelter, treasurer of several of the PACs, this allows megadonors to exercise "influence and control" over how their money is spent on the campaign. Of the PACs, Keep the Promise I is funded primarily by an US$11 million donation from Robert Mercer,[59] Keep the Promise II is funded entirely from a US$10 million donation from Toby Neugebauer,[60] and Keep the Promise III is funded by US$15 million[61] donated by Dan and Farris Wilks, two billionaire brothers from Cruz's home state of Texas, and their wives.[57] As of July 25, a total of US$38 million was pledged to Keep The Promise super PACs.[62]

Cruz raised nearly US$4 million in the first eight days after he announced his presidential campaign.[54] 95% of the donations to Cruz's campaign came in contributions of less than US$100.[54]

Fundraising

Despite many legal experts opinions to the contrary, conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Orly Taitz, one of the leading proponents of the "birther" movement during Obama's presidency, Joseph Farah of World Net Daily, and Donald Trump, have stated that Cruz is not a natural born citizen and thus not eligible to run for president.[53]

According to a memo from the Congressional Research Service "The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that 'natural born Citizen' means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship 'at birth' or 'by birth,' including any child born 'in' the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parent who has met U.S. residency requirements."[49]

Since Cruz was born in Canada,[46] commentators for the Austin American-Statesman[47] and the Los Angeles Times,[48] have speculated about Cruz's legal status as a natural-born citizen. Because he was a U.S. citizen at birth (his mother was a U.S. citizen who lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years as outlined by the Nationality Act of 1940), most commentators believe Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States.[46][49][50][51][52]

Eligibility

Former President [45]

[44] wrote that the former Ron Paul supporters would have been inclined to support his son Rand Paul's presidential campaign.The Washington Post would chair the coalition of the Cruz campaign composed of libertarian-leaning Republicans. Katie Zezima of Bob Barr who had begun backing him and announced that Ron Paul On September 28, Cruz released a video showing eight former supporters of [43]

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