Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

November 6, 2012 Texas General Election

Candidates for U.S. Senate, Texas

David B. Collins - G
Ted Cruz - R
www.tedcruz.org/homewww.tedcruz.org/home
(713) 353-4330
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John "Jay" Myers - L
www.johnjaymyers.comwww.johnjaymyers.com
(214) 824-4150
Paul Sadler - D
sadlerforsenate.comsadlerforsenate.com
(512) 914-4391
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
David B. Collins

Yes, friends, I am actually running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring from that august body at the end of this year. I am not the official Texas Green Party nominee yet, pending the vote at the state convention on 9 June 2012.

Ted Cruz

When my Dad came to Austin in 1957, as a teenage immigrant from Cuba bound for the University of Texas, he spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear. He worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour, just as my Mom

John "Jay" Myers

I do not believe that the Democrats are single handedly destroying this country. I know that they, like the Republicans, are using both hands.

Most of the problems that we face as Americans are caused by unjust manipulation of government. The warfare

Paul Sadler

I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label - they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
David B. Collins

Born in Stillwater OK, USA, 13 November 1962. Divorced, with one son, Paxton Aubrey Collins, who currently studies theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ted Cruz

Throughout his entire life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.

Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of

John "Jay" Myers

. John Jay and his wife Chenin have two daughters, Ella and Dagny.

Paul Sadler

Paul was born in Freer, Texas. Throughout his childhood and adult life he has lived in every region of the state. He and his wife, Sherri, settled in Henderson, Texas, where they raised five children: Erin, Brandon, Lee, Joel and Sam.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
David B. Collins

Worked as a high school teacher, airline customer service agent, taxi driver, résumé writer, computer applications trainer, Visual Basic programming trainer, and service desk analyst, among other jobs.

Published web-only novel "Eastern Daylight" (1997,

Ted Cruz

Ted currently serves as a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston, where he leads the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In addition, from 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor

John "Jay" Myers

John Jay Myers owns and operates ClearSky24, a screen printing and promotions business, and he recently opened The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge in the Deep Ellum music district of Dallas.

Paul Sadler

Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and Louisiana, board certified in Texas Civil Appellate Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979 and is an active member of the State Bar

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
David B. Collins

Member of Harris County Green Party since its founding in 2000, but active as a Green since 1995.

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

. Mr. Myers has been active in the Libertarian Party, having served on the Dallas County and Texas executive committees. He currently serves on the Libertarian National Committee. And whether speaking to high school and college liberty groups, or marching

Paul Sadler

* 1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee

* 1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance

* 2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance

* Legislative Budget Board Member

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

From 2003-08, Ted served as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the State before the U.S. Supreme Court and all the state and federal appellate courts. Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 - 2003. During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he served on numerous committees including Education, Judiciary, Pensions and Investments, Health and Human Services, Calendars and

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
David B. Collins

Member of First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, since 1997.

Currently represent First UU Church on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Peace & Justice Center.

Ted Cruz

Christian

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

During Ted's service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:

* U.S. sovereignty against the World Court in Medellin v. Texas.

* The Second Amendment right to keep

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

*Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition "for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas" (2011)

*Businessweek's Premier Lawyers of America (2008)

*"Ten Best List" by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997,

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
David B. Collins

Graduate of Rice University (BA, Classics), 1984.

Ted Cruz

Cruz went on to study at Princeton where, in college debate, he was named the U.S. National Speaker of the Year and the U.S. National Team of the Year (with his partner). He also won the First Place Speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul is a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances

Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded

No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas

Give police more power to ask about immigration status

Boots on the ground, plus a wall

Triple the size of the Border Patrol

Strengthen border security and increase enforcement

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Immigration Reform
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances

Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded

No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas

Give police more power to ask about immigration status

Boots on the ground, plus a wall

Triple the size of the Border Patrol

Strengthen border security and increase enforcement

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Dream Act
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

I do not support the DREAM Act and categorically oppose amnesty. I categorically oppose amnesty, and I strongly support legal immigration for those that have followed the rules and come here to pursue the American dream.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/feb/21/texas-democratic-party/ (06/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Border Security
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Boots on the ground, plus a wall

Border wall: James and Leppert oppose a wall, Dewhurst and Cruz tout "boots on the ground" and a wall in some places.

Triple the size of the Border Patrol

Cruz on immigration: Wants to triple size of Border Patrol.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Securing Our Borders
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Boots on the ground, plus a wall

Border wall: James and Leppert oppose a wall, Dewhurst and Cruz tout "boots on the ground" and a wall in some places.

Triple the size of the Border Patrol

Cruz on immigration: Wants to triple size of Border Patrol.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas

When discussing what to do about the 1.65 million illegal immigrants living in Texas, Cruz weaved into the Second Amendment, alleging his opponent didn't support gun rights. "What does this have

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances

Q: How to respond to the split within your party on immigration? What you're saying is that the Republicans should vote to fund the governments for all departments except one: no funding for

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

National Security & Terrorism
NSA Surveillance of Citizens
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to divide hawks from libertarians in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the National Journal.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/nsa-surveillance-phone-data-patriot-act (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

USA Patriot Act
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to divide hawks from libertarians in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the National Journal.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul

Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/nsa-surveillance-phone-data-patriot-act (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz began on Monday shopping his bill to temporarily ban the transfer of Guantánamo Bay detainees, arguing it’s “prudent” to halt such transfers while the deal to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is still being examined.

The Texas Republican said

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/ted-cruz-guantanamo-bay-detainees-107625.html (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Rights, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

There is no place for gays or atheists in my America. None. Our Constitution makes that clear.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Gay Marriage
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz Said Liberals Were Obsessed With “Mandatory Gay Marriage In All 50 States” And Touted Support For Bill Stripping Court Jurisdiction Of Same-Sex Marriage Litigation. At Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition In Waukee, IA, Politico reported that, “Cruz

Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Sexual Orientation Discrimination
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Homosexuality as being Immoral or a Sin
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do to each other.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Marriage Left Solely to the States
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is again putting down a marker in defense of traditional marriage, introducing a bill aimed at protecting states' rights in the same-sex marriage debate.

On Tuesday, Cruz re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from asserting its own definition of marriage on the states.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/politics/ted-cruz-2016-gay-marriage-bill/ (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Sexual Orientation in Anti-Discrimination Laws
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Employment Non-Discrimination Act
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul Sadler knows real economic development means growing jobs that provide fair pay for an honest day's work, and retirement security for middle class families. Our state needs a United States Senator who cares about delivering real results for our economy

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul Sadler knows real economic development means growing jobs that provide fair pay for an honest day's work, and retirement security for middle class families. Our state needs a United States Senator who cares about delivering real results for our economy

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Wealth Inequality
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Appearing at a candidate forum in late January, three likely Republican presidential contenders — Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — all made a striking confession: They considered “the increasing gap between rich and poor” to be a problem.

But

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/business/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Decline of Middle Class
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Tragic: America's middle class is headed in the wrong direction. To get back to rising wages and rising living standards for all we need more economic dynamism and fewer government roadblocks to growth.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedCruz/posts/533204900125148 (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

America's Infrastructure
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul believes new energy solutions, an educated workforce and investing in infrastructure are the keys to securing our nation's economic future.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Taxes
Taxes, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

“We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at

Source: http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/108002855168 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Tax Code
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/03/11/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Tax Reform
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

“We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at

Source: http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/108002855168 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz told Fox News he was disappointed with Obama’s goals to increase government spending and taxes, which he described as hurting hardworking Americans.

Then Cruz said the country’s rich and powerful "have gotten fat and happy" on Obama’s watch. "Today

Source: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2015/jan/30/ted-cruz (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax.

Cruz signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 10. Stop the Tax Hikes:

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax.

Cruz signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 10. Stop the Tax Hikes:

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Tax Proposals
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Adopt a single-rate tax system.

Cruz signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Taxes Policy
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Adopt a single-rate tax system.

Cruz signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Property Taxes
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax.

Cruz signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 10. Stop the Tax Hikes:

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Tax_Reform.htm (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

“We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at

Source: http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/108002855168 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Education
Education, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul Sadler served the people of East Texas as a member of the state legislature from 1991 to 2002. He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Local Control Over Education
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

He knows that he federal government should return much of its influence over Texas public schools to local school boards and Texas parents. The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Improving Education
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance program. Paul knows what it takes to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people into

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Department of Education
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Teacher Pay
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul Sadler served the people of East Texas as a member of the state legislature from 1991 to 2002. He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Elections & Politics
Campaign Contribution Limits (Citizens United)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Cruz continues: “We saw last year…Senate Democrats introduced and voted on an amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment.”

Which amendment is he talking about?

It was a bill that would have once more enabled Congress to establish

Source: http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2015/03/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Koch Brothers
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

I was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Campaign Spending Limits
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz said something this weekend you will basically never hear a politician say: Unlimited campaign contributions are good.

At a Republican event in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Texas senator said free speech means everyone "has a right to speak

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/16/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Campaign Finance Reform
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz said something this weekend you will basically never hear a politician say: Unlimited campaign contributions are good.

At a Republican event in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Texas senator said free speech means everyone "has a right to speak

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/03/16/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Environment
Global Warming, Climate Change
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

I read this morning a Newsweek article from the 1970s talking about global cooling. And it said the science is clear, it is overwhelming, we are in a major cooling period and it's going to cause enormous problems worldwide. … Now, the data proved to be

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/30/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Open up the Coastal Plain of Alaska (ANWR) for development

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Environmental Regulation
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Require both Congress and the President to approve any EPA regulation that has a negative job impact

Support passage of the REINS Act, separate piece of legislation not included in this bill, which would require congressional approval of all major rules and regulations.

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Require both Congress and the President to approve any EPA regulation that has a negative job impact

Support passage of the REINS Act, separate piece of legislation not included in this bill, which would require congressional approval of all major rules and regulations.

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Land, Rivers and Lakes
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Increase energy development on federal land

Provide states the option of leasing, permitting and regulating energy resources on federal lands within their borders; or

If states do not wish to manage energy development on federal lands within their borders,

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving our country -- many of them Texans -- deserve a United States Senator who honors their service and sacrifice. Paul will fight to make sure the United States armed forces remain the best trained and most well-equipped in the world.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Military Policy
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving our country -- many of them Texans -- deserve a United States Senator who honors their service and sacrifice. Paul will fight to make sure the United States armed forces remain the best trained and most well-equipped in the world.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Military Adequacy
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving our country -- many of them Texans -- deserve a United States Senator who honors their service and sacrifice. Paul will fight to make sure the United States armed forces remain the best trained and most well-equipped in the world.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Middle East
Israel
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

In speaking to an audience at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, Texas Senator Ted Cruz received an extended applause for criticism directed at US President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel.

"Instead of a president

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

ISIS
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said today he would take put U.S. troops on the ground in the fight against ISIS if it was necessary to "accomplish the mission."

"The mission should be defeating ISIS before they succeed

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/This_Week/sen-ted-cruz-deploy-us-troops-isis (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Syria
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

President Obama was right to seek Congress’s authorization to use military force against Syria. But having carefully considered the president’s substantive arguments, I am compelled to vote against the requested authorization.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ted-cruz-why-ill-vote-no-on-syria-strike (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

In particular, the Texas Republican criticized what he calls Obama’s refusal to label the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt and the burning of 45 people in Iraq this week as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz also complained that the White House did not explicitly acknowledge that those beheaded in Egypt were Christian.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/ (07/01/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Iran
Iran, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the U.S. and five other countries is approved, the result will be war.

"This deal makes war a certainty," promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/ted-cruz-iran-war_n_7216698.html (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Iran Nuclear Deal
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that if the nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by the U.S. and five other countries is approved, the result will be war.

"This deal makes war a certainty," promised Cruz, a Republican contender for president

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/05/ted-cruz-iran-war_n_7216698.html (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Guns
Guns, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz has led the way in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.

Authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms

Argued against unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions

Honored by a 2008

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz has led the way in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.

Authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms

Argued against unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions

Honored by a 2008

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Gun Control Legislation
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz has led the way in defense of our right to keep and bear arms.

Authored a brief on behalf of 31 states supporting the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms

Argued against unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions

Honored by a 2008

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.

Congressional Summary:

The term 'large capacity ammunition feeding device' means a magazine or similar device that has an overall capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition

It shall

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.

Congressional Summary:

The term 'large capacity ammunition feeding device' means a magazine or similar device that has an overall capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition

It shall

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

DC Gun Ban
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Honored by a 2008 resolution passed by the National Board of the NRA, thanking Ted for leading the States before the Supreme Court in the DC gun case, and noting that his "efforts made this victory for the American people possible."

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Trade
Trade, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty.

Cruz signed Letter to Pres. Obama from 50 Senators

Dear President Obama:

We write to express our concern and regret at your decision to sign the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. For the following reasons,

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Domestic/Ted_Cruz_Gun_Control.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

At the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, while waiting to get my question in, an attendee asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to address the job losses under NAFTA. He said he supports the trade deal.

Source: http://ladylibertine.net/2015/01/23/ (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Internet, Media & Communications
Internet Neutrality
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is "net neutrality."

In short, net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet. It puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service, and what types of products and services can

Source: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedCruz/posts/641819565930347 (07/02/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

This election presents a stark choice. Two visions: we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, towards more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy and our lives. Or we can return to the founding principles of our nation-

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Reducing the Deficit
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.

Cruz signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government

[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].

Despite

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Debt Limit
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP

Ted Cruz said the rising national debt was, as of today, "larger than our gross domestic product." Cruz's prepared text attributes his conclusion to an Oct. 2011 blog post by the Atlantic magazine suggesting

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Federal Budget & Debt
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Direct all additional revenues generated by exploration and drilling on federal lands (excluding the share allocated to the states) exclusively to national debt reduction—“Debt Freedom Fund.”

We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Deficit Spending
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.

Cruz signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government

[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].

Despite

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Balanced Budget & Constitutional Amendment
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

We need to pass a strong balanced budget amendment. We need to stop bankrupting our country. Right now our kids and grandkids are inheriting a country where our national debt is larger than the size of our entire economy. Let me speak right now to everyone

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Spending Limits
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

This election presents a stark choice. Two visions: we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats, towards more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy and our lives. Or we can return to the founding principles of our nation-

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) Rule for Tax Cuts or New Spending
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.

Cruz signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government

[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].

Despite

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Economic/Ted_Cruz_Budget_+_Economy.htm (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul believes access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental American value. Unlike his Republican opponents, Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Chief justice John Roberts “violated his oath” when he backed Obamacare in a crucial supreme court decision last week, the Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Tuesday.

The Texas senator, who has vowed to “repeal every word of Obamacare”

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/30/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Medical Insurance Discrimination
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders who get sick.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Abortion, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul Sadler will never play politics with women's health care.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Government
Government, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Let's face it -- from Austin to Washington, our political system is broken. The people of Texas deserve a government that works. Paul Sadler is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows our seat in that hallowed chamber doesn't belong to one political

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Government Reform
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Let's face it -- from Austin to Washington, our political system is broken. The people of Texas deserve a government that works. Paul Sadler is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows our seat in that hallowed chamber doesn't belong to one political

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

States' Rights
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Let's face it -- from Austin to Washington, our political system is broken. The people of Texas deserve a government that works. Paul Sadler is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows our seat in that hallowed chamber doesn't belong to one political

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul believes access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental American value. Unlike his Republican opponents, Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today outlined his vision for unleashing American jobs and opportunity by harnessing our nation’s energy resources. He spoke at the Heritage Action for America’s 2014 Conservative Policy Summit.

“A Great American Energy Renaissance

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Since leaving the legislature, Paul has worked as a bipartisan advocate for clean, affordable and abundant wind energy in Texas and the surrounding states. Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can -- and must -- reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil through clean, safe and affordable American energy solutions.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Oil Drilling
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Expand the offshore areas of the Outer Continental Shelf available for development

Streamline the permitting process for additional offshore exploration

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Canadian Oil (Keystone) Pipeline
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

If you love the environment, Sen. Ted Cruz says you should love the Keystone XL pipeline too.

“If you’re a Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging Greenpeace activist, you should love the Keystone pipeline,” Cruz said at the Heritage Action’s Conservative

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=news&id=937 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Coal
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Leave regulation of hydraulic fracturing in state hands

Stop certain EPA regulations that will adversely impact coal and electric power plants

Prevent excessively broad environmental review of coal export terminals

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Domestic Energy Production
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

Since leaving the legislature, Paul has worked as a bipartisan advocate for clean, affordable and abundant wind energy in Texas and the surrounding states. Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Gas & Oil, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Streamline the permitting process for upgrading and building new refineries

Remove barriers to developing and approving additional national pipelines and cross-border energy infrastructure

Expand LNG exports by facilitating permits

End the crude oil export ban

Source: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=918 (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Values, Religion & Family
Family Values
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

Today roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

No response

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration, and job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

He supports job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
David B. Collins

No response

Ted Cruz

No response

John "Jay" Myers

No response

Paul Sadler

He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration.

Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)

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