We called him “Easily the Best Candidate in America,” back 2011, and he’s even been called the “next Marco Rubio.” But a better comparison for Ted Cruz, a U.S. Senate candidate from Texas, is Sen. Mike Lee. Ted Cruz and Sen. Lee understand the importance of having conservative justices serve on the Supreme Court, and each will fight for conservative justices’ confirmation in the Senate. Lee said of Cruz, “Ted and I share much in common. We’re both proven conservatives who clerked for strong conservative Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, and we both believe passionately in limited government and the U.S. Constitution.”
Even from his position as Texas Solicitor General, Cruz has been fighting for the rights of all Americans. Cruz took on the leader of his party—and his former boss—George W. Bush, and “successfully represented Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, which upheld U.S. sovereignty and held that the World Court cannot bind the U.S. justice system and the President cannot order the state courts to obey the World Court.” Cruz won the case with a majority of six of the nine justices on the bench at the time.
Cruz is a longtime supporter of the 9th and 10th Amendments, and even wrote his college thesis on the two. His former professor at Princeton, Robert P. George said of Cruz “Ted was very drawn to the idea of constitutional originalism. He was a strong supporter of the idea that the federal government possesses delegated and, therefore, limited powers.”
Further evidence of Cruz’s commitment to the Constitution is his receipt of the NRA Harlon B. Carter-George S. Knight Freedom Fund Award. Cruz won the Carter-Knight award for his efforts in the Supreme Court case of McDonald v. Chicago. Cruz’s work helped Second Amendment supporters win the day. Cruz also participated in the D.C. v. Heller case, initiated by the Cato Institute’s Bob Levy. NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Chairman Bill Dailey said that Cruz’s contributions to the Heller and McDonald “cases were vital to the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gun rights. We are deeply grateful for his unwavering efforts in our fight to protect the Second Amendment.”
Another positive for Cruz is that he is no neocon. In an interview with National Review, Cruz said, “I don’t think we should be engaged in long-term nation building. I think there are too many nations on earth to build up, and it’s not our military’s job. What I don’t think is acceptable is for us just to stay there in perpetuity and try to rebuild each nation into a perfect utopia. That’s not our job and not our role. I think we have an important role stopping and killing terrorists.”
As a candidate for the office of United States Senator from Texas, let’s hope Ted Cruz gets much national attention for his Reagan-like stance on free market principles, the Constitution, national defense and foreign policy.