Protesters gather outside the Grand Hyatt downtown where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is set to speak to the American Legislation Exchange Council's 2013 States & National Policy Summit, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Protesters gather outside the Grand Hyatt downtown where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is set to speak to the American Legislation Exchange Council's 2013 States & National Policy Summit, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)