POSTED: Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 9:20am
If Ted Cruz were just an Irish-American lawyer with degrees from Princeton and Harvard who had worked for the Bush administration and prestigious corporate law firms, he'd be indistinguishable among the well-educated, well-paid members of the Texas establishment.
But the 41-year-old Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Houston is a man of many contrasts.
Cruz is the son of a Cuban immigrant, a foreign-born American who memorized the Constitution as a teen and worked his way through Princeton and Harvard after his parents' business went bust. While comfortable with billionaires and establishment politicians, he's also a favorite of the tea party insurgency
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