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Monday, August 20, 2012

Ted Cruz Shares His Thoughts With Your Thought Matters Readers


TED CRUZ SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Why I am the best candidate for United States Senate


by Ted Cruz
For Your Thought Matters Readers

I’m running for Senate because in my judgment, America is at a crossroads.  Barack Obama is the most radical president this nation has ever seen and we are facing the epic battle of our generation — a battle of whether this nation remains a free-market nation. The size, power, and spending of the federal government has increased faster in the past three years than ever before. And we desperately need leadership to stand up and defend liberty, free-market principles, and the U.S. Constitution.

 I think voters in Texas and across the country are tired of the same establishment incumbents. And 2010 showed they were looking for new leaders who have the courage of their convictions and are strong, principled conservatives who are willing to fight to defend limited government.

For the past decade, over and over again, I have been standing up for conservative principles and winning on the national level.  Serving under Attorney General Greg Abbott, I was proud to successfully defend the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, the Second Amendment, and U.S. sovereignty from the World Court and the UN—all of which we won before the U.S. Supreme Court.

I am the only proven conservative in the race with a demonstrated record of standing up for conservative values and winning on a national level:

• As the head of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, took a leading national role in fighting for States' rights and against excessive federal regulation.

• 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.

• Under the leadership of Attorney General Greg Abbott, repeatedly defended the right to free speech and religious expression, including in a landmark decision protecting the Texas Ten Commandments monument.

• Played a leading role in several important pro-life cases, including defense of the partial-birth abortion ban, parental consent laws, and prohibiting state funds from going to abortion.

• Led a coalition of 31 states protecting the 2nd Amendment by challenging the unconstitutional ban on gun rights in Washington, D.C.

• Worked to strengthen border security and help ensure that America remains a nation of laws. Among other efforts, worked on efforts to increase penalties for felons who enter the country illegally.

• Defended the landmark lawsuit reform legislation implemented in Texas in 2003, protecting the constitutionality of that effort, which has led to greater access to health care and expanded economic opportunity.

• Successfully represented over 3 million veterans before the U.S. Supreme Court, defending the constitutionality of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, which was erected in 1934 to honor WWI veterans.

• Fought on the federal level to defend marriage between one man and one woman as the fundamental building block of society.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: This comment was provided by Ted Cruz for Your Thought Matters Newspaper readers heading into his 2012 Republican Primary runoff race for United States Senator.