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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)

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Ted Cruz thanks his wife, Heidi, in front of a cheering crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in a runoff election Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Houston Chronicle/Johnny Hanson via Associated Press)

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Ted Cruz thanks his wife, Heidi, in front of a cheering crowd after he defeated Republican rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in a runoff election Tuesday for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison. (Houston Chronicle/Johnny Hanson via Associated Press)

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Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, once considered a long-shot underdog for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the party’s Tuesday primary runoff, and the reason appears to be his strong support from state tea-party conservatives. It’s a sign of the movement’s growing national clout. (Associated Press)

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Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, once considered a long-shot underdog for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the party’s Tuesday primary runoff, and the reason appears to be his strong support from state tea-party conservatives. It’s a sign of the movement’s growing national clout. (Associated Press)