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Ted Cruz Worried Opportunity Passing Americans By

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:15 PM CDT

By now you've probably heard of Ted Cruz, who is running for the Texas US Senate seat.

He's a Harvard law graduate, the former solicitor general here in Texas and the son of a Cuban immigrant who came here with almost nothing.

But he says he is running for office because he's worried that land of opportunity is slipping away.

Having never run for public office, Ted Cruz chose a lofty starting point -- a campaign to replace Texas' senior senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison.  It was an improbable candidacy for the newcomer and that was pretty apparent early on.

"When we started two and a half years ago we were at two percent in the polls and nobody gave us a prayer.  We saw $50 million spent in this campaign.  We were outspent three to one," says Cruz.

But Cruz survived an ugly and expensive primary slugfest against Republican Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and will now face off in the general election against former Texas State Representative Democrat Paul Sadler, who Cruz hardly makes mention of, focusing instead on a more prominent democrat he is prepared to dig in against after November.

"I think it is very likely if Barack Obama is reelected he will prove to be even more radical in a second term," Cruz says."I will spend every waking moment leading the effort to stop that because I think it would cause great damage to our nation."

But the policy of always working to stop the other side has paralyzed this congress and helped drive down the body's approval rating to an all time low.  Still, Cruz is betting that Americans are more turned off by the work congress has been doing than the work it hasn't been getting done.

"Both parties are to blame.  What they are doing doesn't make sense.  Our country is going broke.  Our national debt is greater than our gross domestic product and I think just about every American is looking to Washington and is asking what is wrong with these people."

That kind of talk has made him popular with the Tea Party, though he doesn't label himself as a candidate of the movement. "I am very proud of the Tea Party.  I am very proud of the support I have received from the Tea Party.  I think the tea party is one of the most exciting things to happen in politics in decades."

Cruz says he'll work with the Tea Party and the president, "I will work with anybody, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents -- I will work with Martians if, and the if is critical, they are willing to get serious about shrinking the size, power, and spending of the federal government."

But Cruz is certain that his ambition to drastically reform the tax code. "You know the IRS has more words than the bible," he says.

But abolishing the IRS isn't possible under the current president. "His principles are so profoundly wrong," says Cruz.

So before he has to make good on his pledge that he would work with President Obama, the ambitious outsider is simultaneously campaigning to get himself into office -- and get the president out.

By Jason Wheeler.Ted Cruz Worried Opportunity Passing Americans By

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