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In Texas, Cruz sounds like he's running in 2016


By WILL WEISSERT

DALLAS (AP) - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz sounds increasingly like he's made up his mind to run for president in 2016, telling an influential gathering of conservative activists Saturday that "we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country."

"I'm convinced we're going to win in 2014, and 2016 is going to be even better," the Texas Republican said during a summit of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch. "And in the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every word of Obamacare."

Cruz joked about inviting President Barack Obama to the border to see where thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into the U.S. The president declined such an invitation from Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

"I figured out the only way there is a chance in heaven he might come, I'm inviting him to come to a golf course," Cruz said.

Cruz offered a way to deal with Islamic State militants in Iraq. "ISIS says they want to go back and reject modernity," he said. "Well, I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the stone age."

When the crowd of more than 3,000 at a hotel ballroom serenaded him with calls of "Run Ted, Run!" he offered a quip: "Oddly enough, that's the same thing my wife, Heidi, says to me when I go to the gym."

Cruz ignored direct questions about a presidential campaign when he met with reporters after the speech.

He told the conservatives, "Each of you are here because we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country" and added: "We are building an army."

Two other possible 2016 presidential hopefuls, Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, spoke to the summit on Friday.

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gramos555 August 31 2014 at 5:27 AM

Dang, I wish this guy would run. The democrats could run a pot-bellied pig against Cruz, and it would win.

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serenity3268 August 31 2014 at 7:02 AM

Ted Cruz was not born in America, he was born in Canada. Also, his father was not a US citizen, he was Cuban. So, according to the tea party, such a person cannot be president. They said it themselves, many times.

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ronbobel7 August 31 2014 at 5:13 AM

Canadian Cubans cant run for US presidency, especially when they're nutcakes.

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kcarthey August 31 2014 at 6:23 AM

Cruz is supposedly eligible because his mother is a citizen or was at the time of his birth. Has anyone seen HER Birth Certificate, the long form? Is it real? Are we sure it isn't forged? Has anyone done a DNA test on both of them so we know Cruz is really her kId?

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JOE August 31 2014 at 5:29 AM

He's not an American . He can't run for President .

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suprpumper August 31 2014 at 6:55 AM

Already talked to a real estate guy Gotta move FAR FAR FAR AWAY from this moron He has not a brain in his ugly head SCARY SCARY SCARY

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dlrllynn August 31 2014 at 6:07 AM

Good god, tell me that this is a joke...

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modenaro August 31 2014 at 5:26 AM

Anything is better than nothing. (What we have now)

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grainman1955 August 31 2014 at 7:00 AM

Cruz may as well run we have a non natural born President now that is not much.

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jimburg August 31 2014 at 6:02 AM

Does anyone remember 1964 and Barry Goldwater? I think we've already seen this movie.

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