- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I was able to listen closely to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, for the first time at a Princeton reunion June 1. I was impressed with Mr. Cruz as a man, a legal scholar and a passionate American on so many diverse levels — thanks to a forum devoid of liberal media filtration, manipulation, blackout and bias.

The format of the talk was a challenging Q&A via Prof. Robert George, and it included live audience questions, no speechwriters or teleprompter needed. Mr. Cruz’s message: The future of the conservative movement and the Republican Party both require fearless, passionate and committed new blood to come forward with vigor.

As an honors Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, Mr. Cruz clearly has the brains to lead. As a topnotch debater, U.S. Supreme Court and Constitution expert, he clearly has the judicial brawn to lead. As a speaker, Mr. Cruz tells it like it is in a most resonating and educating way, translating complex political and economic quandaries posed by Mr. George and the audience into concepts that conservatives can act upon.

After an articulate and insightful two hours of discourse, Mr. Cruz earned a standing ovation, in a packed McCosh Hall, with mainly Republicans and some moderate Democrats in attendance. All in all, this razor-sharp Texan came across as an honest, conservative American who is brave enough to revive the Republican Party, help take on and defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, and explain to voters that “the next president of the United States should be the candidate who is truly leading the most” — and not merely the next politician in line for the gold watch.

BARON CHRISTOPHER HANSON

Charleston, S.C.