Rep. Cummings: 'No Doubt' Ted Cruz Intends to Run for President

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 11:09 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he'll likely visit key presidential primary states and be "doing the things a presidential candidate would normally be doing," says Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Cummings said he has no doubt the fiery Texas lawmaker intends to take a 2016 White House run, though he didn't explicitly say so, CNN reported Thursday.

Cummings' talk with the conservative lawmaker came during their flight to Mandela's Tuesday memorial in South Africa, and was first reported in The Baltimore Sun.

"I asked him, was he going to New Hampshire, was he going to South Carolina, Iowa, and he said he'd probably be going to all of those places and he would be doing the things a presidential candidate would normally be doing," Cummings said. "He wouldn't say yes or no, but it was quite clear to me. I have no doubt about it."

Earlier Thursday, Cummings likened the political fight to implement Obamacare to Mandela's fight against apartheid, The Hill reported.

“It was an inspirational trip because I had the opportunity to reflect on the amazing changes that one individual, working with determination over a lifetime, can bring to millions of others,” Cummings said in prepared remarks ahead of a House Oversight Committee hearing, The Hill reported.

“There will always be forces aligned against progress, against equality, and against basic human dignity,” he said. “But Nelson Mandela’s life reminds us that our mission on earth is to transcend these destructive forces and always pursue the betterment of our fellow man.”

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