Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has officially announced his intention to run for president in 2016. Since this is evidently going to be a big deal in 2016, we should all probably know at least 10 important things about Ted Cruz.
1. He was born in Canada
Though he renounced his Canadian citizenship, many have ridiculed his intention to run for president since he was not born in the U.S., including Donald Trump. But we like Canadians more than Donald Trump, so who cares?
2. He really hates Obamacare … Like seriously
Ted Cruz has gone as far as to filibuster a vote to fund Obamacare for 21 hours. His filibuster included a reciting of Dr. Seuss and even a Darth Vader impression. Personally, I would admire any man who would read “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor.
3. He announced his presidential candidacy at Liberty University
Cruz announced his candidacy for 2016 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His announcement was actually kind of crashed by a group of students visibly wearing “Stand with Rand” T-shirts in the background. Rand Paul, that is.
4. His father, Rafael, is Cuban
Rafael Cruz was born in Cuba … and fought for Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution. Marco Rubio only wishes he could be that cool.
5. He’s signing up for Obamacare … even though he hates it
Cruz is signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, evidently because he believes he should follow the law of the United States.
6. He’s only a first-term senator
Ted Cruz was elected in 2012, and is already running for president. Honestly, if he can filibuster for 21 hours without running to the restroom, he deserves the Oval Office.
7. He’s the first Hispanic senator elected in Texas
Ted Cruz is the first elected senator in Texas to be of Hispanic descent, even though Hispanics really didn’t even vote for him.
8. He was a law clerk under Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist
Cruz served as law clerk for Rehnquist briefly from 1996 to 1997, became solicitor general of Texas in 2003 and wore cowboy boots to the Supreme Court like a true Texan.
9. He advocated for abolishing the IRS
Argued for less government involvement in taxation and advocated for a simple flat tax for all Americans.
10. He looks eerily similar to Joe McCarthy
At least we won’t have to suffer another Communist witch hunt.