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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)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)

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"It is a continued source of amazement that the simple fact that I am working hard with like-minded Senators to keep my promise is seen as newsworthy and cause for wild speculation," Sen. Ted Cruz said of rumors he is mulling a presidential run. (Associated Press)

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"It is a continued source of amazement that the simple fact that I am working hard with like-minded Senators to keep my promise is seen as newsworthy and cause for wild speculation," Sen. Ted Cruz said of rumors he is mulling a presidential run. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walks through the Capitol complex in Washington, Friday, March 22, 2013, after his attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act was defeated during a flurry of votes on amendments to the budget resolution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walks through the Capitol complex in Washington, Friday, March 22, 2013, after his attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act was defeated during a flurry of votes on amendments to the budget resolution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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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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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)