Ted Cruz Talks Immigration With The Texas Tribune

02/27/2013 08:19 am ET

WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz has only been Texas’ junior U.S. senator for two months, but he has wasted no time propelling himself into national headlines.

His prosecutorial line of questioning of President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, Chuck Hagel — including insinuations that the Vietnam War veteran might have ties to foreign enemies — sparked comparisons to McCarthyism. His rogue style and discounting of so-called rules of decorum has thrilled his ultra-conservative fan base, which hates nothing more than Washington, D.C.’s business as usual. He has even been credited with giving John Cornyn, the senior senator from Texas and the upper chamber's minority whip, either the political will or political cover (depending on whom you ask) to shift further to the right.

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