No, Ted Cruz is not Stryper's lead singer Michael Sweet – Chron
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 was another boffo week on the Internet with some questioning whether Sen. Ted Cruz was actually the lead singer of Christian hair metal act Stryper in the '80s. 
Cruz and lead singer Michael Sweet are, in fact, two different people but some on the Internet who are in charge of such things took a long look at some old Stryper press stills and saw Cruz's face in them. 
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When you love someone, you seem to see their face everywhere, or so we have heard. 
This side-by-side photo of Ted Cruz and Stryper's Micheal Sweet shows the resemblance between the senator and the rocker.
What were they doing looking at photos of Stryper anyhow? Mind you, Sen. Cruz, currently running a presidential primary campaign, has already been accused of being the Zodiac Killer, so this is just another week for Cruz. 
By the way, he's way too young to have been the Zodiac Killer. 
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At least he's only being accused of donning yellow and black leather and handing out bibles at concerts to sweaty metal heads. 
The Daily Dot's coverage uses a 1983 press still with one of the most-popular Cruz photos, of him smirking, to plead their case
For his part, Michael Sweet, the actual lead singer of Stryper (since the early '80s), has had some fun with it all on Twitter. 
"To Hell With The Devil"? 😉 “@stwise89: Which song title would make the best campaign slogan?
Meanwhile Cruz is a whole seven years younger than Sweet. We'll be honest though, Cruz's speaking voice sounds just a little bit like Sweet's singing voice. A reporter at Uproxx seems to agree too.
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Cruz's singing voice on the campaign trail doesn't have the same soul-affirming highs either. 
Sweet has cooler hair than Cruz, and Cruz would probably agree. 
Stryper has been releasing new albums at a regular clip since reforming a little more than a decade ago, and they released a new album just last year. 
My apologies about the silly blow up @tedcruz of you and I being one and the same. Do you even know who @Stryper is? #HeavyMetalCandidate
We're thinking that being the lead singer of a Christian heavy metal band is a lot more fun than dealing with life on the presidential campaign trail. 
Who's up for starting the rumor that John Kasich is actually Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn? 
Craig Hlavaty is a freelance writer for and the Houston Chronicle.


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