A 1988 video (below) of a sarcastic 18-year-old Ted Cruz posted Jan. 23 reveals his ambitious plans for “world domination.”
The video comes from one of Cruz’s former school classmates and details the young Texas senator's future aspirations, Politico reports. It was posted on YouTube under the name “Young Ted Cruz.”
“Aspirations? Is that like sweat on my butt?' Cruz says. “No no, oh I see, what you want me to do, what I want to do in life. Well my aspiration is to, uh, oh I don't know, be in a teen t-- film -- like that guy who played Horatio. You know he was in 'Malibu Bikini Beach Shop,'” he said, referring to a 1986 movie.
“Well, other than that, take over the world, world domination, you know, rule everything. Rich, powerful, that sort of stuff,” the young Cruz said while chuckling.
When questioned about the video, Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said, "Good to see he’s always had a great sense of humor."
At the end of the video Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, is asked if he think his son will rule the world one day. He responds, “I hope not.”
While the video was done in jest, other documents reveal the young Ted Cruz was a genuinely ambitious teenager.
According to Mother Jones, his teenage traveling club biography reveals Cruz was at the top of his class. He also dreamed about attending Princeton and Harvard, before becoming president of the United States.
While he was ambitious and class president, it is uncertain if he was liked by all of his peers.
Laura Calaway, a former classmate of his -- now a self-described Hillary Clinton fan -- writes on Medium about meeting the younger Cruz: “When we are introduced, it is the first time I feel as if someone has sized me up, found me wanting and moved on ... all before I finish ‘hello.' It is not a good feeling. I don’t think I’m going to like Ted.”
She sums up saying, "Ted seems pretty similar to the guy I knew in 1988. I suspect Ted and I have much different interests now.”