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Ted Cruz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Ted Cruz has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

  • Voted in favor of H.R. "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (
  • Endorsed by the Texas Right to Life (
  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "As we push forward in this election cycle, let us not forget what is most important -- our God-given right to life. Thank you to the men and women on this leadership team who are on the front lines of the battle to protect the sanctity of life […]" (
  • "Ideally I would like to see a simple flat tax -- where every American can fill out your taxes on a postcard -- and we can abolish the IRS." (
  • "We're still in the early stages, but I believe we're going to get tax reform done. What I am urging my colleagues, and what I'm urging the President on tax reform is really two words: bold and simple. Be bold and be simple Texans need meaningful tax cuts." (
  • "Our goal should not be to simply pour back into the Department of Defense the trillion of dollars President Obama so irresponsibly drained out, but rather to seize this opportunity to make a generational investment in our defenses that will keep not only us but also our children and grandchildren safe--and that we do so in a way that also maintains a commitment to fiscal responsibility." (
  • "I shudder to think what a Supreme Court with a decisive liberal majority would have done. They would surely have rolled back the First Amendment right to free speech by overturning Citizens United […]" (
  • "My legislation would put Americans on a level playing field with the media and politicians when it comes to influencing elections and exercising our First Amendment rights. […] Establishing unlimited contributions paired with immediate disclosure is the best way to promote transparency, eliminate the viability of SuperPACs going forward, and ensure that free speech is protected in the electoral process." (
  • "Opposed raising the debt ceiling without addressing out-of-control Washington spending." (
  • "Opposed budget increases that failed to bring about meaningful spending reforms." (
  • "The Senate's tax reform bill takes a significant step toward fulfilling our promise to provide tax relief for American families across our country […] This bill significantly lowers our corporate tax rate -- currently the highest in the developed world -- which will bring needed jobs back to America and up to $2.9 trillion in capital back to our economy." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "[...] I promised on the very first day in office that I'm going to direct the Department of Education that Common Core ends that day." (
  • "The Every Student Succeeds Act unfortunately continues to propagate the large and ever-growing role of the federal government in our education system--the same federal government that sold us failed top-down standards like Common Core. We should be empowering parents and local school districts instead of perpetuating the same tired approach that continues to fail our nation's children." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "Stop EPA Overreach and the War on Coal. Exclude greenhouse gases from regulation by EPA and other federal agencies Stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants" (
  • "I am grateful for the opportunity to reverse the previous administration's misguided policies and champion Texans' and Americans' freedom to protect themselves and their families." (
  • "When citizens cease to have the right to defend ourselves, we cease to be free. Under the previous administration, we saw an unprecedented attack on our constitutional rights. I am optimistic about the direction of the new Administration and will continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of every American and every Texan." (
  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America (
  • "[...] pursue all means possible to repeal Obamacare. There is a reason Obamacare has miserable 37% approval ratings: it has caused millions to lose their jobs, be forced into part-time work, lose their health insurance, lose their doctors, and pay skyrocketing premiums. It simply isn't working." (
  • "Hardworking Americans are hurting under Obamacare, and I remain committed to honoring our promise to repeal and replace this disastrous law […]" (
  • Voted in favor of S. Amdt 271 "Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017" (
  • "By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall's cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump's stated border security objectives, all while easing the impact on our federal budget." (
  • El Paso Times "I also think the president is right: We need to build a wall […]" (
  • "[...] we're facing a humanitarian crisis of 90,000 unaccompanied children at the border, along with growing national security threats. We should welcome and celebrate legal immigrants who follow the rules, and at the same time honor the will of the people and prevent any more illegal amnesty." (
  • "The solutions are really quite simple: Secure the border, end the amnesty and implement a system that celebrates legal immigration […]" (
  • The Hill "I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally […]" (
  • Washington Post "If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I don’t agree with it, but that’s their right." (
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "[...] deal seriously with the twin threats of ISIL and a nuclear Iran, including passing legislation that strips American citizens who join ISIL of their U.S. passports so they cannot return home and wage jihad against innocent men and women. We must rebuild our military, protect our nation, and restore America's leadership in the world." (

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