Politics & Government

2016 elections: Ted Cruz for president?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is widely considered to be running for president in 2016.

But he was really put out that someone apparently connected to him said so, anonymously, in a National Journal story and Cruz took to social media to make his point.

“Heidi and I have not made any decisions about political plans past the mid-term elections,” Cruz posted on Facebook, referring to his wife. “Clearly we have an overzealous supporter out there making freelance comments, but to be clear, no decision has been made.

“Whoever this ‘anonymous advisor’ was, he or she had no authority to speak, and doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in a fundraising email that Ready for Hillary, a Super Political Action Committee, sent out last week. It was obtained by Politico.

First things first …

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott picked up a new title during last week’s gubernatorial debate with Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth.

During closing remarks, Abbott said: “As your governor, I’ve been fighting for your liberty against an overreaching federal government.”

Yes, he’s the clear front-runner in the race. But no, he hasn’t won yet.

Voters head to the polls on Nov. 4 to make their choices known.

Price is back

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price met with investors and talked high-speed rail while on her 11-day trip to Asia.

Price, who returned Sept. 29, said the meetings with nearly 200 Chinese investors from both Shanghai and Beijing about investing in Fort Worth deals, including one specific project she could not name, were “very productive.”

She said they also continued discussions about increasing tourism between the two countries, especially after American Airlines launched nonstop service from DFW to Shanghai and Hong Kong in June and is pushing for nonstop service from DFW to Beijing.

“They love Fort Worth, they love Dallas and they are very interested in our western heritage,” Price said. “They asked lots of funny questions, like if we still have cowboys.”

Price also visited Tokyo with Former Fort Worth Councilman Bill Meadows who was appointed chairman of the high-speed rail commission. They visited with Central Japan Railway Chairman Yoshiyuki Kasai, to learn about high-speed rail technology as Texas looks to high-speed rail in its future.

New bus tour

The battle to become Texas’ next land commissioner continues with candidates traveling across the state to meet voters.

Fort Worth’s George P. Bush kicked off a new statewide bus tour last week, called New Leadership for All Texans. He visited with voters in Cedar Park and new Braunfels before heading to Houston and Galveston in the first week of the tour.

At the same time, his Democratic opponent, John Cook, is also hitting the road.

He has visited around 140 counties, and driven more than 27,000 miles, visiting various Texas cities and towns. His travels took him to El Paso last week.

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.