Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board during a stop in San Antonio that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was an amazing student when he had Cruz in his class twenty years ago at Harvard Law School, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"He had come to the school with a reputation as a great debater, the national champ," said Dershowitz, who called Cruz 'the smartest person in the room. "He contributed greatly to Harvard Law School. While I disagree immensely with many of his political positions, I admire his intellect."
Dershowitz, who is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard, is one of the preeminent constitutional attorneys in the country. He is a prolific writer and commentator and has defended people involved in some of the highest profile cases in U.S. history. He was in San Antonio as part of the Trinity University Policymaker Breakfast Series.
"Ted was one of the brightest students we ever had, but not a man known for compromising his principles."
Cruz, 42, has become a leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party and has been leading the effort to defund Obamacare and carry out other priorities in the U.S. Senate.
Dershowitz says Cruz will have to learn a thing or two if he expected to be truly successful in politics.
"You would definitely want one Ted Cruz in the Senate," he said. "DO you want more than one? That's a hard question."
He says Cruz will have to learn to compromise if he plans to be truly effective in a political career.