Story by Victoria Varnedoe
March 7, Ted Cruz is scheduled to visit Idaho Falls Forum at the Shilo Inn but is subject to change, according to Local News 8.

With the Idaho primary coming up, here are a few things to know about Cruz.

Cruz is a republican candidate for president, born on Dec. 22, 1970, in Calgary, Canada.

Cruz’s father Rafael was an immigrant from Cuba and Cruz’s mother, Eleanor, met Rafael at Rice University.

Cruz acquired many awards in his youth at Houston’s Second Baptist High School and was valedictorian. Cruz later went to Princeton University, where he was recognized for his debating talent.

Later Cruz went to Harvard Law school to finish his education, where he would debate with his professor Alan Dershowitz.

“After law school, Cruz worked as a law clerk for several judges, including Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist from 1996 to 1997,” according to

Being an attorney for sometime, he decided to become an adviser for the George W. Bush campaign in 2000.

“In 2012, he won election to the U.S. Senate with the support of the Tea Party and took office the following year, going on to orchestrate a governmental shutdown in opposition to Obamacare,” according to

On March 7, Cruz is scheduled to speak in Idaho Falls, days before the Idaho primary election.

Here is his stance on some of the issues:

Cruz supports the Constitution.

“We need to restore the Constitution as our standard,” Cruz said.

Ted Cruz supports giving power to the states and cracking down on government spending.

Cruz also supports the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms and securing the border.

“It’s not that we don’t know how to solve illegal immigration,” according to Ted Cruz’s campaign website. “What is missing is the political will to get it done. As president, Ted Cruz will do what he says. He will stop illegal immigration. He will build a wall that works, triple border security and put in place the surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.”

Cruz has expressed his concern for the American military and disapproves of President Obama’s policies.

“On day one, a President Cruz will immediately repeal every word of President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal and will prioritize American national security interests in every instance,” according to the campaign website.

Cruz also supports religion and the family, according to the Campaign website.

“On day one, President Cruz will instruct the Department of Justice, the IRS and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today,” according to the campaign website.