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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, gave the keynote address to close the final day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin greets Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) as she takes the stage to speak during the final day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Fort Washington, Md. on March 16, 2013. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, closes out the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, closes out the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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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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“Is Cruz under attack because he’s Hispanic? Not at all … Cruz is under attack because he’s out-debating Democrats,” Powerline says of freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Statesman.com via associated press

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“Is Cruz under attack because he’s Hispanic? Not at all … Cruz is under attack because he’s out-debating Democrats,” Powerline says of freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Statesman.com via associated press

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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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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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Newly elected Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, is a tea party favorite with serious legal chops who already has advised the Republican Party to adopt the motto “Opportunity Conservatism.” (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is one of several tea partyers elected to serve in the new Congress, which welcomes 12 rookie members of the Senate and at least 81 new House members. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)

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**FILE** U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press/The Amarillo Globe News)