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Cruz suggests he’s now more open to presidential bid

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) takes questions from the media after his speech at the recent Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream summit in Dallas. (Sebastian Payne/The Washington Post.)
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) suggested in an interview airing on ABC News on Sunday that the events occurring overseas could make him more likely to run for president in 2016.

Cruz has said that the Islamic State militant group should be bombed back "to the Stone Age." In the ABC interview, he said President Obama should "take them out" — with congressional approval. Asked whether the situation makes him more likely to run, his response suggested it did.

“The American people in 2014 and also November 2016 are going to be looking for leaders who want to work to restore America’s leadership in the world,” Cruz said. Pressed on whether that means him running for president, he said: “It increases my interest in doing everything I can to change the direction we’re on."

Cruz was also asked about the foreign policy positioning of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), after his fellow 2016er called for military action to take out the Islamic State and declared in a Time magazine op-ed that he is "not an isolationist."

In the past, Cruz has suggested that his own foreign policy is more active and more Reagan-esque than Paul's. But this time he declined to carve out the differences.

"I’m going to let Rand characterize his own views," Cruz said. "I will leave that to Rand, and I will leave the American people to make their own judgments.”