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Fact: A Latino Named Rafael Won this Year’s GOP Caucus in Iowa

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Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz made history at this year’s Iowa caucus. Not only did Cruz defeat Donald Trump, he became the first Latino in US history to win a presidential caucus/primary. Cruz, who was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother, is definitely Latino. But after his historic victory, a familiar question about Cruz re-emerged on Twitter: “He’s Latino, but is he really Latino?”

This guy reminded everyone that Cruz’s first name is as Latino as it gets:

Yes, Ted Cruz’s full name is actually Rafael Edward Cruz.

So, while some celebrated Cruz’s historic accomplishment:

https://twitter.com/JLDuplessie/status/694563463696220160

Others were a bit more cynical about it:

This journalist wondered why Latino political organizations weren’t celebrating Cruz’s historic victory:

@Stella_Rouse opined that although Cruz may be Latino, he doesn’t look out for the best interests of Latinos:

@brittaufait explained why Cruz isn’t seen as the “Latino candidate”:

https://twitter.com/brittaufait/status/694526101796831232

So, despite Cruz’s victory, Marco Rubio is seen as the stronger Latino GOP candidate:

But does that mean Latinos will flock to Rubio? Numbers whiz Nate Silver asked this naive question…

Several people let him know what we’ve been saying for years: All Latinos are NOT THE SAME.

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Credit: @danimalpena / Twitter

So while this guy said he would vote for Rubio…

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Others reminded Silver that Rubio being Cuban doesn’t mean he’ll get automatic support from other Latinos:

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So, while Cruz made history, he has some work to do. There’s some people out there who didn’t even know Cruz was Latino:

https://twitter.com/Blasterdixx/status/694572481592573952

But he may be winning some Latinos over:

READ: Here are 10 Republican Presidential Hopefuls with Chola Eyebrows Because Why Not?

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz Are Considering Working Together To End Corruption In DC

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz Are Considering Working Together To End Corruption In DC

The country is divided; this notion is nothing new or surprising. With liberals and conservatives fighting over abortion rights, government corruption, immigration reform issues (to name a few), the county is in desperate need of some unity — and we’re definitely not getting it from Democrat or Republican lawmakers.

There is a slight shift happening, and we’re hoping it leads to big things.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are on the same page about a crucial governmental issue.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Cruz are both agreeing that former lawmakers should not be lobbying on behalf of corporation soon after leaving their office.

According to NPR, “at least 187 political appointees of the Trump administration previously worked as federal lobbyists…many of them were put into positions supervising the same industries for which they had once lobbied. Furthermore, “Senators who leave office cannot become lobbyists for two years, under a law that was adopted in 2007. In the House, representatives face a one-year cooling-off period.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Cruz would like to see that period extended.

The discourse between the two Latino lawmakers began — where else — on Twitter.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet was in response to a story that showed 2/3 of former members of Congress were now working as lobbyists and strategic consultants. This switch from public service to corporate handler can be seen as an ethics issue, which is why there are some current laws in place.

Sen. Cruz responded to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez saying that he was surprised to say that he agreed with a Democrat.

Sen. Cruz doubled down saying that he’s been fighting not only to restrict former lawmakers from becoming lobbyists but to also ban them for life. He also said that his fellow Republican colleagues would probably not support the idea that he would be working with a Democrat, especially one as outspoken as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

The two decided to work together on a bill to restrict former lawmakers from working as lobbyists and already have support from their respective parties.

According to NBC News, within hours two lawmakers agreed to work on the bill alongside the Latino lawmakers.

Talk about a miracle!

Ted Cruz Has Held Onto Texas For Years As Senator And Here’s Why Texans Are So Hot And Cold With Him

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Ted Cruz Has Held Onto Texas For Years As Senator And Here’s Why Texans Are So Hot And Cold With Him

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In a state that swells with Latino and American pride, it seems that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has been able to maintain some sort of trust with voters across the spectrum. His policies and actions continue to ring true to a set of ideas that many Texans, including Latinos, find admirable and necessary in the current political climate.

With that in mind, there must be something to explore on behalf of voters in Texas who find merit in Cruz’s leadership. Perhaps there is a silver lining that all communities can identify with because, without a doubt, Cruz is and will continue to be a major political influence in the coming years, potentially having an impact on what occurs in the presidential elections of 2020.

To give you an idea of how far his reach extends, here are 20 reasons why Texans either love or hate Ted Cruz.

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