Video emerges of 18-year-old Ted Cruz joking about world domination

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Young Ted Cruz Jokes About World Domination in High School Video

A 1988 video has resurfaced showing Ted Cruz when he was a high school student.

The interviewer asked about his aspirations, to which the 18-year-old Cruz replied, "Aspirations? Is that like sweat on my butt?"

Apparently young Cruz was quite the comedian. He followed that up by adding, "No, no, oh, I see — what you want me to do, what I want to do in life ... Take over the world. World domination. You know, rule everything. Rich, powerful, that sort of stuff."

Nine facts you should know about Ted Cruz:

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Video emerges of 18-year-old Ted Cruz joking about world domination

1) His legal name is Rafael Edward Cruz.

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2) His wife Heidi has worked at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. The company told CNN Monday she will go on unpaid leave for the duration of his campaign. They met while they worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.​

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3) He won his Senate seat in 2010 without ever having been elected to public office before. Prior to that he had been appointed to the office of the Solicitor General in Texas.  ​

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4) He had a minor brush with the law in 1987 when he received a ticket for underage possession of alcohol as a senior in high school. ​

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5) He has two Ivy League degrees: an undergraduate degree from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard.

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6) He has kept a painting of himself in his office -- a picture of him as a 32-year-old arguing a case before the Supreme Court.

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7) He played a significant role in the government shutdown of 2013, leading a chorus of Republicans who refused to vote for any plan that kept the federal government running that did not also defund Obamacare. Cruz spend nearly 24 straight hours defending his position, including at one point reading the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham."

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8) His father (left) fled Cuba for the United States, worked in the oil industry and eventually became a pastor. He has made headlines for somewhat inflammatory statements, including telling an audience that President Obama should be sent "back to Kenya."

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9) He doesn't believe in climate change, an issue many Democrats have lampooned him for, in part because he leads the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Committee which oversees NASA.​ During a recent appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Cruz said "Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up."

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The person who uploaded the video said it was provided by one of Cruz's former high school classmates.

The release comes days before the Iowa caucuses. Polls show Cruz is a top GOP contender, alongside Donald Trump.

Former classmates have come back to cause trouble for Cruz before. Some who knew him at Princeton told The Daily Beast he was "abrasive," "intense," "strident," "crank," "arrogant" and "creepy."


As for this latest video, Cruz doesn't seem too concerned. His campaign manager told Politico, "Good to see he's always had a great sense of humor."

See the full video below:

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