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In Texas, Ted Cruz Sounds Like He's Running For President In 2016

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the 2014 Iowa State Fair Soapbox in Des Moines, Iowa, August 9, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) | Tom Williams via Getty Images

DALLAS (AP) — Firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is sounding increasingly like he's made up his mind to 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 — quote— "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, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, gave spirited addresses.

But the crowd was friendliest to Cruz, whose troublemaking tactics have enraged 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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