Cruz Says He’s Spent ‘Much’ Of His Life In Law Enforcement—Except He Hasn’t

AP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at the Republican presidential debate on Thursday that he spent “much” of his life in law enforcement, but that’s not quite what his resume shows.

Fox News debate moderator Bret Baier asked Cruz to respond to his changing views on Edward Snowden, whom Cruz had said possibly performed a public service before he pivoted to calling Snowden a traitor.

“Well, Bret, as someone who spent much of his life in law enforcement, I believe you should start with the facts and evidence first before ending up with the verdict,” Cruz responded.

It’s unclear what Cruz was referring to as his time in “law enforcement,” given his job experience.

After graduating Harvard Law School, Cruz was a law partner, a policy advisor to the Bush-Cheney campaign, and the “Department of Justice coordinator” for the Bush-Cheney transition team for two months, according to the senator’s public LinkedIn profile.

He was associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice for six months, director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission for one year and seven months, and the solicitor general of Texas for five years and five months.

Cruz has also been a U.S. senator for three years and three months.

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