Ted Cruz in Forbes Magazine 2016 Candidates


On Education: Right to education: public, private, charter, or homeschool

Just about every chance he gets, Cruz says he believes school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. On the Common Core state standards, Cruz says, "We need to repeal Common Core. We need to get the federal government out of the business of dictating educational standards. Education is far too important for it to be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. It should be at the state level or even better at the local level."

At Liberty University in March 2015, Cruz said, "Imagine embracing school choice as the civil rights issue of the next generation. That every single child, regardless of race, regardless of ethnicity, regardless of wealth or zip code, every child in America has a right to a quality education. And that's true from all of the above, whether it is public schools or charter schools or private schools or Christian schools or parochial schools or home schooled. Every child."

Source: Forbes Magazine "2016 Candidates Want You to Know" series Mar 24, 2015

On Education: We should thank parents who homeschool

At the Homeschool Iowa conference in March 2014, Cruz said, "We love our children and we take seriously the biblical admonition to raise them up to walk in a godly manner. Thank you for the financial commitment you give by not being in the paid workplace, the commitment of time, the commitment of energy, the commitment of passion for your kids. I'd like to speak on behalf of your children to say thank you. What you are doing is making a difference and it's a difference that will be felt for generations to come. Their children and their children's children will thank you for the impact you are having on your kids preparing them to go forward."

In 2015, Cruz said, "Imagine that every single child in America has a right to a quality education, whether it is public schools or charter schools or private schools or Christian schools or parochial schools or home schooled. Every child."

Source: Forbes Magazine "2016 Candidates Want You to Know" series Mar 24, 2015

On Drugs: 2014: federal enforcement; 2015: let states experiment

At CPAC last week, Ted Cruz responded to a question about marijuana legalization in Colorado by endorsing a federalist approach: "This is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called 'the laboratories of democracy,'" Cruz said. "If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that's their prerogative. I personally don't agree with it, but that's their right."

Those remarks contradict Cruz's previous position, when he criticized the Obama administration for failing to aggressively enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug. In January 2014, he described the Justice Department's prosecutorial restraint, which is designed to respect state policy choices, as an abuse of executive power.

Cruz's apparent turnaround reflects a political reality: Cruz's calibration is the easiest way to strike the balance between younger, more tolerant GOP voters and social conservatives.

Source: Forbes Magazine on 2015 Conservative Political Action Conf. Mar 5, 2015

The above quotations are from Forbes Magazine "Candidates Want You to Know" series.
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