Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received praise from an unlikely source on Sunday.
In an interview with ABC's "This Week," longitme Democratic strategist James Carville lauded Cruz for his attitude since taking office in January.
“I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years,” Carville said. “I further think that he is going to run for president, and he is going to create something.”
Results of that potential presidential run aside, Carville added that Cruz "is going to be something to watch" because he "has no fear."
In a Friday visit to South Carolina, Cruz appeared eager to connect with voters, asking for onlookers to text his political action committee, the Jobs, Growth & Freedom Fund. The 42-year-old's appearance came on the heels of a Wednesday National Review report that had sources saying Cruz is in an exploratory mode of 2016 thinking.
“Ted won’t be opening an Iowa office anytime soon, but he’s listening,” a longtime Cruz associate told the conservative publication. “This is all in the early stages; nothing is official. It’s just building on its own.”
A few months into his first Senate term, Cruz has already stirred the pot among his colleagues. His aggressive style of questioning during Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings stoked comparisons to infamous Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) and his anti-Communist rhetoric. Last month, New York Times columnist David Brooks went so far as to say that Cruz looks like McCarthy.