Withdrawn 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

U.S. Senator from Texas

Rafael Edward Cruz
Born: December 22nd, 1970  (age 46)

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Cruz believes in “rebuilding” the US military, but concedes that it will be costly and that it must be responsibly paid for. To help do this, he supports eliminating the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He opposes the Iran nuclear deal.

TED CRUZ (clip from 4th GOP debate earlier in evening): “We have to defend this nation. You think defending this nation is expensive? Try not defending it. That's a lot more expensive. But, you can do that and pay for it.”

MEGYN KELLY: “You got a lot of applause there. What of Senator Rand Paul's point of, 'pay for it', but how? Where are we gonna get all that – he was calling Marco Rubio a liberal on defense spending!”

Cruz: “Well, listen, I agree and disagree with both of them. I agreed with the point Marco made that we have to rebuild our military and we have to stand up to radical Islamic terrorism – that's why, for example, I have been leading the fight against this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal, because the first and most important responsibility of any president is to be Commander-in-Chief and keep this country safe.

But Rand's substantive point was valid as well, that if we're going to rebuild the military, we've gotta pay for it. That's why I rolled out today a specific spending plan laying out five departments to eliminate, twenty-five -”

KELLY: “Aha!”

Cruz: “- agencies and commissions. All of that's on our website: tedcruz.org -”

KELLY: “Alright, I gotta ask you about that.”

Cruz: “- up to five-hundred billion in specific cuts that we've detailed and it's all online.”

KELLY: “So, we watched on Twitter. You had one of the moments that got the most attention on Twitter, so of course we said, 'what moment was that?' Which, and we went back – now it was, people are giving you a hard time because they asked you to name the five agencies that you want to eliminate from the federal government, and you named the same one twice. I'll show the audience what we're talking about and get you to react.”

CRUZ DURING DEBATE “Five major agencies that I would eliminate: The IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce {sic}, and HUD.”

KELLY: “And so, some of your detractors are saying that that was equivalent to the Rick Perry moment where he literally couldn't remember – you know, his own – the agencies he wanted to cut.”

Cruz: “Look, I just think the Department of Commerce is such a base of cronyism, we need to eliminate it twice!”

KELLY: (laughs) “What is the fifth agency?”

Cruz: “The Department of Education, and I have been campaigning for a long time on repealing Common Core, abolishing the Department of Education, and block granting that money back to the states so that education can be handled on the state and local level.”

10 November, 2015: Cruz is interviewed by FOX journalist Megyn Kelly immediately following the 4th GOP debate (3:24 – 5:33)

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