Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz: You Decide 2016

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Sen. Ted Cruz announces his bid for president in March 2015.

Campaign ended: May 3, 2016

Current position: U.S. Senator from Texas

Career: U.S. Senator 2013-present, Solicitor General of Texas 2003-2008

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Family: Married to Heidi Nelson with two children.

Religion: Southern Baptist

On the issues:

Economy: Cruz wants a balanced budget amendment. He has also proposed a Simple Flat Tax plan that would abolish the IRS as we know it and create nearly 5 million new jobs. He says the plan would also boost the GDP by nearly 14 percent and increase wages by more than 12 percent.

Education: In the past, he pressed for more school choices, and affordable and accessible kindergarten through high school educations.

Environment: The Texas Senator supports the Keystone XL pipeline, increase offshore drilling and encourage hydraulic fracking.

Gun control/rights: According to Cruz’s campaign website, the Executive Vice president of the NRA Wayne LaPierre says, “Ted Cruz is one of our nation’s leading defenders of the Second Amendment. For over a decade, Ted has fought tirelessly to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Health care: Cruz was the author of the Obamacare Repeal Act, saying it cuts workers’ hours and kills jobs. He supported the Partial-Birth Abortion Act.

Immigration: He favors tripling the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, punishing people with previous felonies who come into the country and eliminating pre-country immigration caps.

National security: Cruz is an opponent of President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.

Social issues: Cruz says he believes a marriage is between a man and a woman, and feels states should have the ability to define marriage. He also pushed to keep the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.