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Monday November 26, 2012

Newly Elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz Considering Run for President in 2016

Newly Elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz Considering Run for President in 2016

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The newly elected Texas Republican Senator, Ted Cruz, is considering a run for the Presidency in 2016 the Houston Chronicle is reporting.

The Cuban-American, Tea Party backed, conservative candidate defeated Democrat Paul Sadler to take the senate seat vacated when Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson retired.  Some believe Cruz, much like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, will help bring Latinos to the party and more importantly the Latino vote.

Cruz is not popular amongst many Latino for his very conservative positions and anti-immigration stance.  He has vowed to triple the size of the U.S. Border Patrol and to build a larger border fence then currently exists. 

However, Cruz does recognize the newly minted power of the Latino vote: “In not too many years, Texas could switch from being all Republican to all Democrat. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had Conventions, they nominated Presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.’ “

Cruz has an impressive academic and professional resume.  Cruz is a Harvard-trained lawyer and Princeton undergraduate who was Texas’ solicitor general from 2003-2008.  He is also the first Latino to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. 

If Cruz does decide to run for President he will have to address the issue that he was not born on American soil but rather in Canada.

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