- The Washington Times - Monday, November 9, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas received positive marks in a report from the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America on Monday, receiving praise on items ranging from limited government to national security.

In the group’s inaugural Presidential Platform Review, Mr. Cruz receives praise across the board in the areas of growth, opportunity, civil society, limited government, favoritism and national security.

The influential group also wrote in the report that Mr. Cruz has been willing to pay a political price for taking on government favoritism, pointing to his opposition to the Export-Import bank in the recent fight over the bank.

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The group had been one of the leading proponents of the 2013 bid to defund Obamacare, which led to a partial shutdown of the federal government, and Mr. Cruz became the face of the fight in the U.S. Senate.

“Americans are looking for a president who can speak to the real anxieties they’re facing, not simply manage the status quo in Washington,” said Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham. “They want someone that will fight the well-connected special interests and advance policies that work for everyone. Fortunately, conservatives have a deep and visionary field to choose from in this Opportunity for All, Favoritism to None primary.”

The group didn’t endorse any particular candidate in the report. In addition to Mr. Cruz, the group rated former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and businessman Donald Trump.

The report offered praise for the other candidates in some areas, but gave them more mixed reviews.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Carson have been the early front-runners in public polling on the 2016 GOP race. The report offered measured praise for Mr. Trump’s tax plan, but hit his past statements on trade tariffs and his support of eminent domain, among other things.

On Mr. Carson, the report said he “recognizes the importance of a robust civil society,” but that elements of his history as a doctor stand in contrast to the pro-life views he talks about on the campaign trail, noting “indirect involvement in a research project involving fetal issues.”

It also says Mr. Carson has not sufficiently articulated a plan to defend America’s national security.

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