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Sen. Ted Cruz embarks on a 12-city "Take Off With Ted" tour immediately after the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night. (Cruz for President)

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, said as president he would "do whatever is necessary" to defeat the Islamic State, including arming Kurdish forces and stepping up airstrikes. He left the door open for U.S. boots on the ground. (Associated press)

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Atop the ballot leaderboard sits Sen. Ted Cruz, who has qualified in 24 states and territories, has filed in 13 more and plans to register soon in three more states, according to his campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. That would bring Mr. Cruz's official filings to 40 states and territories. (Associated Press)

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Tim Constantine reports on House efforts to screen Syrian refugees, Ted Cruz challenging President Obama, and a Hollywood celebrity who could be facing a mountain of lawsuits.

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Donald Trump has appointed Katrina Pierson as his national campaign spokeswoman; she is a Texas-based tea party official and former adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Tim Constantine reports on immigration as an election issue for Ted Cruz and the rest of the Republican field, Democratic poll numbers heading into their weekend debate, and a surprising change for actor Robert De Niro.

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Republican presidential candidates (from left) Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Chris Christie take the stage during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, left, Ben Carson, second from left, Donald Trump, second from right, and Jeb Bush appear during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ** FILE **

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Concerned Veterans for America wants presidential candidates to hold town-hall meetings to address issues like the one Sen. Ted Cruz attended last week (Associated Press)

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Rusty Humphries with Ted Cruz, AFP Summit 2015

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Image courtesy of Senator Ted Cruz.

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Ted Cruz asks a question of the audience during Thursday's GOP main stage debate.

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Presidential candidates (from left) Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the Republican presidential debate. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is seen cooking a strip of bacon with a machine gun in a new video released by IJ Review. (YouTube/IJReview)

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Winning Friends: Rand Paul is taking a low-key approach in his presidential bid compared with Ted Cruz. (Associated Press)

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It remains to be seen whose approach will be most beneficial in the presidential race as Sens. Rand Paul (left) and Ted Cruz remain in a statistical dead heat at about 5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls. They are hovering in the middle of the 16-candidate field. (Associated Press)

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Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intra-party division played out live on the Senate floor. (Associated Press)