What were Ted Cruz’s aspirations in high school? Well, the presidential candidate told classmates they were for power and fortune, mixed with a little bit of world domination. The YouTube user who uploaded the viral video “Young Ted Cruz” tells Yahoo News that the clip was part of a senior class video from the Texas senator’s high school in Houston.
When asked what his aspirations were, young Mr. Cruz joked to camera, “Aspirations? Is that like sweat on my butt?” Cruz then joked that he was hoping to perhaps star in a teen film, like “Malibu Bikini Beach Shop.” The lighthearted response continued as Cruz deadpanned that his aspirations were to “take over the world, world domination, you know, rule everything. Rich, powerful, that sort of stuff.”
“I do not personally know Mr. Cruz,” wrote the YouTube user in a statement to Yahoo News. “Young Ted Cruz” received the video from a former classmate of Cruz who requested not to be identified, “because it was a small class of 42 people, and he/she didn’t want to face the wrath of conservative Christians who support Cruz’s worldview.” The video was distributed to everyone in the 1988 graduating class.
In the original video shared with Yahoo News, Cruz’s father is asked if it is crazy to think his son will rule the world one day: “I hope not,” he replies while chuckling.
Cruz will compete Monday in the Iowa Republican caucuses, the first major electoral event during the 2016 presidential campaign. He is neck and neck with fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump in the Hawkeye State.