Ted Cruz - Position Changes

[Editor's Note: On Tuesday May 3, 2016, Senator Ted Cruz announced the suspension of his presidential campaign in a speech at his Indianapolis headquarters. He stated: "From the beginning I've said I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed. Together we left it all on the field in Indiana, we gave it everything we've got. But the voters chose another path. And so, with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism... we are suspending our campaign... I am not suspending our fight for liberty. I am not suspending our fight to defend the constitution. To defend the Judeo-Christian values that built America."]

We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
Now Con

"The self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has emerged as the new face of the radical terror that has bedeviled the West in recent decades...

Given the existential nature and scope of the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism, the limitations on our ability to screen the flood of refugees, and the obligations of our government to provide for the safety and security of all Americans, we simply cannot accept refugees from countries that have a significant terrorist presence until the terrorist threat has been eliminated...

This is why I have introduced the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015. This constitutionally sound, common-sense measure would immediately bar any refugee who is from any country that contains territory controlled in substantial part by ISIS, al Qaeda, or any other designated foreign terrorist organization ascribing to the radical, totalitarian Islamism dedicated to the destruction of the United States and our allies, and whose proponents find anyone who does not share their faith—from couples dining in cafes to Jews shopping in a kosher market to satirical cartoonists—equally offensive.."

Source: Ted Cruz, "Why the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 Is Necessary," washingtontimes.com, Nov. 19, 2015

Formerly Pro

"We have welcomed refugees, the tired huddled masses for centuries. That's been the history of the United States. We should continue to do so...

We have to continue to be vigilant to make sure those [Syrian refugees] coming are not affiliated with a terrorist, but we can do that."

Source: SenTedCruz, "Sen. Cruz Discusses Syrian Refugees with Greg Palkot," youtube.com, Feb. 12, 2014

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