NEWS RELEASE: Ted Cruz Pledges to 'Reject the Debt'

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Texas Senate candidate joins House candidates Wes Riddle (TX-25) and Jessica Puente Bradshaw (TX-34) in pledging to "never vote for an unbalanced budget."

Our country’s escalating national debt is the challenge of our generation, and by signing the 'Reject the Debt' pledge, it’s clear that Mr. Cruz, Mr. Riddle, and Mrs. Bradshaw take this issue seriously.

Taking a moment from campaigning just two weeks before his July 31 runoff, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz signed the 'Reject the Debt' spending pledge put out by the nonpartisan Coalition to Reduce Spending today.

Cruz joins fellow Texans Wes Riddle, candidate for Congress in Texas’s 25th congressional district, and Jessica Puente Bradshaw, candidate in Texas’s 34th district in signing the pledge.

Jonathan Bydlak, head of the Coalition to Reduce Spending and former Director of Fundraising for Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, offered the following comment:

"Ted Cruz, Wes Riddle, and Jessica Puente Bradshaw are taking the lead nationally by pledging to voters their commitment to cut spending in order to balance the budget."

“Current efforts in Washington are not getting the job done when it comes to reigning in a federal government that has grown too large and too costly for the American people to support,” Bydlak said.

"Our country’s escalating national debt is the challenge of our generation, and by signing the 'Reject the Debt' pledge, it’s clear that Mr. Cruz, Mr. Riddle, and Mrs. Bradshaw take this issue seriously."

“America’s focus during the current crisis must be on reducing spending, and these candidates understand how important that is,” he added.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending's ‘Reject the Debt’ pledge secures three commitments from candidates:

(1) to vote only for balanced budgets; (2) to only vote for new spending programs whose costs are offset elsewhere in the budget; and (3) to not vote to increase federal borrowing. The full text of the pledge can be read at: http://www.ReduceSpending.org/Reject-the-Debt.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is the only national organization to advocate exclusively for reduced federal spending to balance the budget and is led by a team of professionals in their mid to late-20s who are concerned about how the rising federal debt will affect their future.

“We believe the federal government should never spend more than it takes in via taxes. Unfortunately, too many Baby Boomer politicians don't seem to be serious about getting our fiscal house in order,” Bydlak said.

"All spending – from the tiniest bits of waste in small agencies to the most egregious excesses in large federal departments – must be on the table," he added.

Dave Nalle, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, recently described the Reject the Debt spending pledge as “long overdue.” “The Coalition to Reduce Spending has the right idea in going after spending as the top priority in balancing the budget. By bringing people together from all over the political spectrum, the Coalition’s work is truly invaluable,” said Nalle.

More information about the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Reject the Debt spending pledge can be found online at http://www.ReduceSpending.org.

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About the Coalition to Reduce Spending: The Coalition is the only national organization that advocates exclusively for reducing federal spending to balance the budget. We believe that our country’s national debt is the challenge of our generation, and that we must reduce government spending to make future prosperity possible.

About Reject the Debt: The Reject the Debt pledge asks candidates for public office to go on the record with a commitment to reduce federal spending. The Coalition to Reduce Spending believes it is important that elected officials promise to never vote for unbalanced budgets or unnecessary increases in off-budget spending.

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