Standing For Liberty gives this brief bio on Ted Cruz’s father:
Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free.
Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 with nothing but the clothes on his back and one hundred dollars sewn into his underwear.
He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. He later built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.
Rafael Cruz became active in conservative politics during the 1980 Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan. He also joined the State Board of the Religious Roundtable, a grassroots Judeo-Christian organization that had an important impact on the future of political dialogue.
He is director of Purifying Fire Ministries, ministering in the U.S., Mexico and Central America, and the president of Kingdom Translation Services.
His son, Ted Cruz, is the newly elected U.S. Senator from Texas.
When Ted was a child growing up in Houston, Rafael would tell him, “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”
That’s why Ted Cruz ran for the U.S. Senate – to defend our freedom. And conservatives across Texas and the country united behind his campaign to elect a proven constitutional conservative to the U.S. Senate who won’t abandon his principles.
Having heard him speak sever times and met Rafael Cruz personally, I can attest he is a fantastic resource for his son. He is a powerful speaker who has a compelling story. As the old saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Together they constitute a formidable candidate for POTUS. Cruz’s rivals underestimate him at their peril.
When Cruz was only thirteen years old, he was traveling around Texas talking to Rotary and Kiwanis clubs about the United States Constitution. As an unknown candidate, he defeated a sitting lieutenant governor for the Senate.
Cruz was a debate champion at Princeton and the debate club named its novice championship after him. He has the unique ability to take a “gotcha question”, turn it around and make the questioner look stupid. He has raised an astounding amount of money in a short time by getting millions of small contributions. Cruz is counting on the millions of conservative voters who sat out the last two presidential elections to carry him to victory.
Knowing Ted Cruz and his father, I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled it out.
In my many years I have come to a
conclusion that one useless man
is a shame, two is a law firm,
and three or more is a congress.
— John Adams