Recently elected Texas Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz said his first priority, if elected to the U.S. Senate in November, is to “lead the effort to repeal every single word of Obama care.” At the RedState gathering in Jacksonville, Florida, the 41-year-old Cuban-American Texan received a warm welcome and loud applause as he addressed the conservative gathering.
Cruz, a former Solicitor General and constitutional lawyer, then said is second priority “is to lead the fight to dramatically shrink the size, power and spending of the federal government.”
Cruz added he will spend every waking moment working to reduce the national debt, which he called the greatest national security threat to this country. Cruz, a Tea Party candidate who was strongly endorsed by prominent conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum, is on the national spotlight after winning the Republican runoff election to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who had the support of much of the Texan Republican establishment, including Governor Rick Perry. Cruz waged a very effective conservative grassroots campaign and enjoyed the support – and deep pockets – of national organizations such as FreedomWorks.
If elected to the Senate in November, Cruz could be one of a number of Tea Party senators who would shift the congressional body further to the right, as political scientist Victoria DeFrancesco Soto explained in a recent NBC Latino post.
Cruz’ election is another example of an interesting trend in Texas, which Latino Decisions political scientist Sylvia Manzano discusses in a recent blog post.
“Republicans in Texas have been especially effective at electing Latinos in non-Latino majority districts and statewide offices in recent years,” says Manzano, even though Texas does not have significant numbers of Latino registered Republicans. Looking forward, Manzano adds, the GOP will need to increase their share Latino vote share, not just their share of Latinos elected to office.”