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He also said that the words "growth and opportunity" should be tattooed on the hands of every Republican politician.
During the primary campaign, his base of support was mainly among social conservatives, though he had crossover appeal to other factions within his party, including in particular libertarian conservatives.
Cruz is one of the Senate Republicans in favor of the "nuclear option", "to speed up consideration of President Trump's nominees".
Changing the Senate's rules to a simple majority vote would "ensure a quicker pace on Trump's court picks".
On December 28, after Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech defending the U. Cruz also accused the Obama administration of having a "radical anti-Israel agenda".
On April 6, shortly after the Shayrat missile strike, Cruz released a statement displaying his interest in having Trump appeal to Congress to take "military action in Syria" to prevent Islamic terrorists from acquiring weapons stored in Syria.
In a heated Senate floor speech in July 2015, Cruz accused Senate Republican Leader Mitch Mc Connell of telling "a flat-out lie" over his intentions to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which Cruz opposes.
Cruz won with 4.5 million votes (56.4%) to Sadler's 3.2 million (40.6%). 60% for Sadler, outperforming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney with the Hispanic vote in Texas. After Time magazine reported that Cruz might have violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial relationship with Caribbean Equity Partners Investment Holdings during the 2012 campaign, he called his failure to disclose the connection an inadvertent omission. After leaving the Solicitor General position in 2008, Cruz worked in a private law firm in Houston, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, often representing corporate clients, until he was sworn in as U. Cruz worked on the Chinese company's appellant brief. Cruz represented Toyota in an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court in a statute of limitations case, where a judge wanted to investigate Toyota for contempt after a former Toyota in-house lawyer accused Toyota of unlawfully withholding documents in a product liability case. The appeals court denied the appeal and affirmed the jury's award. He represented a mentally disabled man who was allegedly raped by an employee of the facility where he lived, and the family of a 78-year-old resident of an Albuquerque nursing home who died of internal bleeding.