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**FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks to local residents during a fund-raising picnic for the Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

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“I believe we can win this fight,” says Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who is asking supporters to sign petitions and call Capitol Hill in an effort to block all funding for the Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks to local residents during a fundraising picnic for the Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, July 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, on Sunday won an early straw poll for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But Mr. Cruz isn't discussing White House aspirations yet. "At this point, 100 percent of my focus is on the U.S. Senate," he said. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, 42, a freshman Republican from Texas and darling of the tea party, has a skyrocketing political profile that fuels speculation that he already is setting his sights higher — possibly including a run for president in 2016. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) arrives to speak at a tea party rally against the Internal Revenue Service entitled, "Audit the IRS" on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be among the congressional Republicans gathering Wednesday at the Capitol for the "Audit the IRS" rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots, who want to keep reminding everyone of the agency's excruciatingly close attention to conservative groups. (Associated Press)

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Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, will be among the congressional Republicans gathering Wednesday at the Capitol for the "Audit the IRS" rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots, who want to keep reminding everyone of the agency's excruciatingly close attention to conservative groups. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walks through the Capitol complex in Washington, Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the tea party caucus, speaks during a news conference with tea party leaders about the IRS targeting tea party groups, Thursday, May 16, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, says he will offer an amendment to delay funding for the Affordable Care Act until the economy improves, and his bill is winning support from others such as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, says he will offer an amendment to delay funding for the Affordable Care Act until the economy improves, and his bill is winning support from others such as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. (Associated Press)