Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) says in a new Q and A with Time magazine that, while he disagrees vehemently with President Obama's politics, he thinks Obama is a principled and "extraordinary politician" for whom he has great respect.

"I think Barack Obama is an extraordinary politician. And I respect Barack Obama a great deal. I think he is committed to his principles, which is rare in politics," Cruz said. "Now I also think, and please don’t leave this part out, that the principles he believes in are profoundly dangerous."

Asked about his own potential presidential ambitions, Cruz was noncommittal but suggested that he may run in 2016.

"I am a big believer in the principle that good policy makes good politics," Cruz said. "I understand a great many people want to focus on the politics of three and a half years from now. What I can tell you is that my focus every day is on the U.S. Senate, because the Senate is the battlefield. And what I tell my staff is, if we do the right thing, the politics will take care of itself."

Click here for the full interview.