Ted Cruz is the first Cuban/American to run for President. He has extremely strong conservative credentials:
- Starting at the age of 13, he participated in a Houston-based group called the Free Market Education Foundation where he learned about free-market economic philosophers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Frédéric Bastiat and Ludwig von Mises.
- He Graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1992.
- While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship.
- In 1992, he was named U.S. National Speaker of the Year, as well as Team of the Year, with his debate partner, David Panton. Cruz and Panton represented Harvard Law School at the 1995 World Debating Championship, making it to the semi-finals. Princeton’s debate team later named their annual novice championship after Cruz.
- Cruz’s senior thesis on the separation of powers, titled “Clipping the Wings of Angels,”
- After graduating from Princeton, Cruz attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1995 with a Juris Doctor degree.
- While at Harvard Law, he was a primary editor of the Harvard Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.
- Professor Alan Dershowitz said, “Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant.” At Harvard Law, Cruz was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.
- He is currently US Senator from Texas and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Texas Review of Law and Politics.
- He has a voting record score of 96% on conservative issues and is ranked the #2 conservative in the Senate at ConservativeReview.com
The following AFP interview is informative as it goes into his personal background, national policy at some length, and also the behind the scenes politics in Washington DC.