Ted Cruz tries, fails at the Rick Perry challenge – 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.

Ted Cruz bravely went for it. Conjuring memories of Rick Perry’s “oops” gaffe, he tried to name which agencies he’d eliminate from the U.S. government.
Cruz tried to name five he would cut to save $500 billion during the Republican debate Tuesday night. Here are the five he listed:
“The IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD."
Yes, that’s the Department of Commerce twice there. Oops.
Did Cruz just say "Department of Commerce" twice? OOPS. pic.twitter.com/uz7XwjyWL7
During the 2011 Republican primary debates, Perry attempted to pick three agencies he’d eliminate. He said commerce and education before forgetting the third one and eventually letting out a dejected “oops.” The error sunk Perry's presidential chances. 
Perry meant to include the Department of Energy. Cruz didn’t forget that one, and he delivered his blooper with enough smoothness that the repetition error won’t harm his campaign in anyway. But will anyone successfully complete the Rick Perry challenge? With a bajillion debates remaining, there's still hope.

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