• Ted Cruz: Tea Party agitator aims for White House


    WASHINGTON D.C.: Once reviled by fellow Republicans as a “wacko bird” for leading the US government to a 2013 shutdown, resurgent Senator Ted Cruz has turned his Constitution-above-all conservatism into a Tea Party quest for the White House. As a freshman in the upper chamber of Congress, the 44-year-old Texas lawmaker—an intellectual proponent of a grassroots movement that has simmered for years under the Republican mainstream—has just two years under his belt in Washington. But in the 2016 presidential race now underway—Cruz on Monday became the first major candidate to announce he is running.



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