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Senator Ted Cruz Leans Toward 2016 Presidential Run

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DALLAS (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz appears to be leaning toward a run for president in 2016.

The tea party-backed Texan’s rousing speech Saturday in Dallas energized thousands at the summit of Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Cruz said of the GOP “We’re going to win in 2014 and 2016 is going to be even better.”

His speech came a day after two other possible 2016 presidential candidates, Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, gave spirited addresses.

But the crowd was friendliest to Cruz, whose tactics have been criticized by congressional leaders in both parties, but made him a superstar with conservative grassroots activists.

Cruz has never ruled out a presidential run and now says “time will tell.”

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