By Nate Offard
Ted Cruz is a Republican presidential candidate. You often hear of arguments between him and Donald Trump in the media. He and the front runner differ on many things. In order to effectively judge a candidate, you really need to review their policies.
Cruz also tends to strongly support second amendment rights. He seems to stand by the idea that second amendment rights can be used not only for hunting and for recreation but also for defending our nation. He believes that the right Americans have to defend themselves and their families is very crucial to our freedom and safety as a nation.
Job creation is always a trending topic in presidential races, and this race is no different, yet Cruz has his own ideas on the subject. Cruz thinks the best way to increase growth is through fundamental tax reform.
“Imagine 4.9 million new jobs. Instead of Obama’s income stagnation, imagine average wages rising 12.2 percent over the next decade. Capital investment rising 43.9 percent. And every income-level seeing double-digit increases in after-tax income. Imagine exports and manufacturing jobs booming. Our trade deficit falling as the tax bias against American made goods is eliminated. Imagine a 10 percent income tax, with every American filling out his or her taxes on a postcard or iPhone app. This would abolish the IRS as we know it.”
Another common issue that is frequently brought up with the candidate is the issue of ISIS. This terrorist organization has been responsible for attacks all around the world and is a pressing and recurring issue. Cruz states that he defends the strategy of carpet bombing. "You claim it is tough talk to discuss carpet bombing," he says. "It is not tough talk. It is a different fundamental military strategy than what we've seen from Barack Obama." He claims he would bomb ISIS "into oblivion," and "apologize to nobody for the vigorousness."
When asked about her opinion of Ted Cruz, Bethany Thomas says simply, “He lies”.
Lauren Bergner expresses, “I personally think Ted is a little wishy-washy in his policies, but I think he has some potential. He isn't crazy like Donald Trump, but he does have his downfalls. But that's every candidate this year; they all have their pros and cons. It will be interesting to see how the election turns out. “
Michael McKernan declares, “He is okay, but he isn't one of my favorite candidates. He has some flaws.”
Ted Cruz is currently behind Donald Trump in polls but still has a very loyal supporter base; as far as what happens now, only time will tell.