Ted Cruz's file


Republican from Texas

Ted Cruz is a U.S. Senator from Texas, first elected in 2012, and he was a candidate for president of the United States in 2016. He isthe former solicitor general for the state of Texas, previously serving as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a domestic policy advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, according to his campaign biography.

The PolitiFact scorecard

  • True7 (%)(7)
  • Mostly True18 (%)(18)
  • Half True15 (%)(15)
  • Mostly False35 (%)(35)
  • False33 (%)(33)
  • Pants on Fire8 (%)(8)

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Recent statements involving Ted Cruz

Recent stories featuring Ted Cruz

Did Ted Cruz pledge to back the Republican nominee?

In his speech at the Republican convention, Ted Cruz didn’t endorse Donald Trump. We look back at his statements about the party’s loyalty pledge

The third night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, fact-checked

Covering the third night of the Republican National Convention. 

PolitiFact Florida Top 5 in May 2016

Gov. Rick Scott’s spat with California and claims by and about Donald Trump led our fact-checks in April.


Ted Cruz's 'Pants on Fire' claim about U.N. shredding First Amendment

Ted Cruz had seven Pants on Fire ratings on his Truth-O-Meter record before he suspended his presidential campaign.

He just landed "Pants" No. 8 for a flawed claim about a U.N. resolution shredding the First Amendment.

Anatomy of a talking point: Donald Trump on the JFK assassination

The way Donald Trump launched an inaccurate and inflammatory attack on Ted Cruz’s father has become a pattern.