Happy CRUZ Year?

Ted Cruz has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than 70 times (Associated Press photo, December 2015).
Ted Cruz has faced the Truth-O-Meter more than 70 times (Associated Press photo, December 2015).

Republican Ted Cruz, the Texas senator whose presidential candidacy has been looking strong in voter polls, might not like this: He’s got 70-plus PolitiFact fact checks to his credit.

That’s not bad for a feller who didn’t run for office until 2012.

See particulars of all our Cruz checks here.

122915cruzedited.jpgTo date, more than half our checks of Cruz claims have come out Mostly False or worse.

But in the spirit of a year that could culminate in Cruz planning his family’s move into the White House, we’re highlighting several Cruz statements previously rated True:

--In 2013, Cruz said: "We have a federal government that thinks they have the authority to regulate our toilet seats." PolitiFact found that federal attention to toilet seats has dropped since its brief foray into seat shape in the ‘70s, and by 2013, regulations mostly addressed toilet access for workers and height for wheelchair users. Still, the courts, Congress, and executive agencies claimed federal power to regulate them.

--This November, Cruz said President Barack Obama "will not utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and as matter of policy, nobody in the administration will say the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’" PolitiFact Virginia concluded: "Although we wouldn’t swear White House officials never have uttered the words in public, we could find no evidence to the contrary. It’s clear that the administration prefers non-religious ways to describe the Islamic State - such as a ‘terrorist group,’ ‘violent extremism’ and ‘twisted ideology.’

--Also in November, Cruz said: "There are more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible." It’s generally accepted that the tax code is about 4 million words long and that the Bible is about 800,000. That makes the tax code five times longer.

Care to join us in continued fact-checking of Cruz and other Texans? LIKE our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or -- any time -- nudge us to check a claim that makes you wonder.

Happy New Year!



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