Ted Cruz faces fresh allegations of 'dirty tricks' – Chron.com
Cruz can't stand this native Mexican fruit, and went on record with his displeasure of the alligator pear. "I despise avocado. It’s the only food I dislike, and I dislike it passionately. Which is ironic, because I’m Cuban, and my dad grew up with avocado trees in his backyard. My whole family eats avocados like crazy, but I can’t stand them.”

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Cruz, a self-described "movie buff," says this movie is his favorite. When he confirmed it during an interview, it spawned a flood of jokes on social media.

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Some held Cruz, in part, responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown that lasted 16 days, the third-longest of its kind. His earlier filibuster and later refusal to approve the Appropriations Continuing Resolution were seen as key moments leading to the event.

In a parallel universe where Cruz was not a junior senator from Texas, he said he would love to be a starting point guard for the Houston Rockets. "I’m confident that there is no universe in which that will ever come to pass," he said.

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In 1987, Texas authorities ticketed a then-younger Cruz for an alcohol possession charge. Apparently, he was driving with an unopened case of beer in his vehicle. "Teenagers often make foolish mistakes, and that certainly applied to me as well," Cruz said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News.

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In 1970, Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Four years later, his parents moved to Houston. Legal experts say his Canadian birthplace doesn't bar him from a presidential run. Nevertheless, Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship last summer.

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In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Cruz revealed French was his nemesis during his teen years.

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Cruz hasn't taken a liking to the sitting Russian president, even calling him a "KGB thug." During the Ukraine civil war, Cruz called for oil and gas exports to the embattled country while also bolstering the missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.

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Cruz has been fairly consistent in his opposition of anthropogenic global warming, even warning NASA to shift its focus from earth sciences to space-related ones.

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Following Cruz's infamous filibuster in 2014, a St. Louis-based publisher came out with this little activity book for children. It sold quite a few copies, according to Breitbart, and spawned some hilarious reviews on Amazon, including this gem: “Apart from the fact that it only provided me with a white crayon, I didn’t get to finish it, because as soon as I started to work, the Republicans came in and filibustered me before I could finish. Now my book is shut down, and they’re blaming me for political maneuvers.”

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Cruz's father once supported Fidel Castro's revolution against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista, but later fled the country when Castro began enacting harsh communist policies in the country. Following President Barack Obama's announcement he would reopen talks between the two nations, Cruz said it would be a "tragic mistake."

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In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Cruz said during his time as solicitor general, he would wear the same pair of black ostrich boots during oral arguments.

It's déjà vu for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as his campaign once again faces allegations of "dirty tricks" for disseminating a misleading CNN story with the aim of driving rivals' supporters away from the polls.
CNN also took heavy fire for the report, which suggested the campaign of Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio was toying with abandoning its bid. Rubio's communication director called the report "100 percent false." CNN stood by the report.
This time the message was sent to a Cruz supporter mailing list in Hawaii, which votes Tuesday, and the Cruz campaign blamed the episode on volunteers acting without official approval. The incident, however, is strongly reminiscent of the time in Iowa when the Cruz campaign spread rumors that Ben Carson was leaving the race, and it builds on the narrative that the Houston-based campaign employs sleazy tactics.
Cruz Campaign sent out a release to Hawaii voters LATE last night, even after CNN story was debunked. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/WL09Bx9igI

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"Senator Cruz is up to his dirty tricks again spreading false rumors and lies," Rubio campaign spokesman Joe Pounder wrote on the campaign website.
It started Monday with a message, posted later to Twitter, headlined "WASTED VOTE," which quoted a fresh CNN report that said, "Most of [Rubio's] advisers agree he does not have a path to the nomination and some are advising him to get out ahead of the March 15 primary."
The email attributed that info to "multiple news sources."
The report only originated on CNN. After a Rubio spokesman called it false and complained that CNN had not contacted the campaign before publishing the report, CNN revealed that the information came from a single source.
"The at-issue email and social media posting was not sanctioned by the Cruz for President Campaign," Cruz spokeswoman Alice Stewart told The New York Times. "The campaign became aware of the email this morning by press accounts, and upon investigation learned that some volunteers in Hawaii were involved in the posting."
National media reported the incident under the label of "dirty tricks" — one regularly used by rivals to characterize the Cruz campaign for a string of campaign tactics widely condemned as dishonest.
Dylan Baddour is a business reporter for the Houston Chronicle.

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