- The United States of America is the exceptional nation, the nation other countries aspire to be like. We should stand as a shining beacon of what free people enjoying a free market and system of government can achieve. But while our intentions towards the rest of the world are peaceful, that does not mean we have no enemies, and the fact of the matter is our enemies are on the march.
- Two terms of the disastrous Obama-Clinton foreign policy have had one useful effect: we now know what the world starts to look like without America. The next president will have to start on day one rebuilding what they have tried to tear down. A truly conservative foreign policy would have three simple principles:
- To preserve our country we need to exert leadership on the global stage, not withdraw from it.
- We need to fiercely defend our allies and interests.
- And we need to judge each challenge through the simple test of what is best for America. Because what is best for America is best for the world.
- In order to restore America’s safety and security, we must rebuild our military. If you think defending the country is expensive, try not defending it. We must rebuild our military in a way that will secure our children without bankrupting them.
- ISIS seeks to destroy our very way of life. We must defeat them. That starts by calling the enemy by its name – radical Islamic terrorism – and securing the border. Border security is national security.
- We cannot recede from our leadership in the world. If we withdraw from the Middle East, the radical jihadists will not be content to stay there—they are going to attack our allies in the region and beyond. And they are on the lookout for every opportunity to attack us here at home.
- On day one, a President Cruz will immediately repeal every word of President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal and will prioritize American national security interests in every instance.
Honor Our Veterans
- Ted Cruz is committed to honoring our veterans, and providing them the care they have been promised.
- The mismanagement in the VA is unacceptable. We should expand options for our service members’ health care so they have more choices and more immediate service.
- A Cruz administration will bring more accountability to the VA and provide greater options for our veterans.
- Authored legislation urging the Secretary of State to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.
- Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, introduced the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015, immediately barring refugees to the United States from any country, such as Iraq or Syria that contains substantial territory controlled by a foreign terrorist organization.
- Chaired a hearing for the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts titled “Justice Forsaken: How the Federal Government Fails the American Victims of Iranian and Palestinian Terrorism.” This hearing focused on the federal government’s failure to support the American victims of Iranian and Palestinian terror in their search for justice.
- Introduced the IRGC Terrorist Designation Act, urging the U.S. Department of State to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.
- Sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner laying out a three-step approach to stop the flow of funds to the Iranian regime according to the terms of Corker-Cardin, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
- Introduced a resolution defining the start of Congress’ 60-day review period and detailing flaws within the submittal of the agreement.
- Sent Obama a letter and declared his intention to hold reauthorizing legislation and block all State Department nominees unless Obama provides written assurance that he will block the UN resolution to approve the Iran deal until congressional review has run its course.
- Has twice introduced the Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act to reinstate, impose, and expand Iran sanctions and stop failed negotiations until Iran meets certain preconditions.
- Has twice introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which seeks to prevent terrorists who join ISIS or other terrorist groups from re-entering the country and to make clear that citizens who collaborate with terrorists have forfeited their right to US citizenship.
- Introduced legislation to prevent terrorists from entering the US as UN ambassadors, which Iran had attempted by nominating Hamid Aboutalebi. It passed Congress unanimously and President Obama signed it into law.
- Opposed arming Syrian rebels, while supporting securing Syrian chemical weapons.
- Introduced legislation to ensure that the victims of Fort Hood were eligible to receive the Purple Heart. The acts of Nidal Hasan were not random acts of workplace violence — it was a clear act of radical Islamic terrorism on our own soil. The men and women who stood bravely in the midst of it deserve to be rightly honored, and Cruz’s measure ensured that were.
- Successfully amended the Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs Appropriations bill to require the VA Secretary to provide Congress with a plan to address the long wait times for veterans seeking health care at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
- Sponsored the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act to make it easier for senior executives at the VA to be terminated for negligence, mismanagement, and other performance failures.
- On behalf of three million veterans, Cruz successfully defended the crosses at the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial.
- Politifact misses truth about Iran Deal, National Review, 2015
- We Can Still Stop the Iran Deal—Here’s How, Politico, 2015
- How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria, CNN, 2015
- Why the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 is necessary, Washington Times
- Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama has no complete ISIS Strategy – Turkey can help, Time, 2015
- Yemen’s collapse demonstrates Obama’s foreign policy failures, Washington Times, 2015
- Help the Cuban Opposition, Not the Castros, Time, 2014
- Time to Involve Congress, National Review, 2014
- The Language of Fools, Foreign Policy, 2014
- Ted Cruz: Why I’ll vote no on Syria strike, Washington Post, 2013
- Our Friend in Cairo, Foreign Policy, 2013
- Benghazi Eight Months Later, National Review, 2013
Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Ted Cruz is ready to be our Commander in Chief
On Fighting ISIS
Defeat the Terrorists and Protect the Homeland
Megyn Kelly Interview
Securing America’s Freedom: Protect, Defend, and Champion American Liberties through a Strong National Defense
Iran Deal Rally
Ted Cruz Discusses ISIS Strategy with ABC’s “This Week”