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Cruz urges GOP to work together for Senate control

Friday - 5/3/2013, 9:47pm  ET

FILE - In this March 16, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks in National Harbor, Md. Mere months after the 2012 election, South Carolina is a buzz of political activity with a slate of potential presidential candidates already looking ahead to the state's "first in the South" primary _ still three years away. Vice President Joe Biden and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz arrive to whip up their parties' faithful before Tuesday's special congressional election featuring the high-profile former governor. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

KEN THOMAS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to work together to help the party take back the Senate next year, telling South Carolina Republicans that, in his words, "change can come quickly."

Cruz spoke at a South Carolina GOP dinner Friday night. He says the GOP fell on hard times during the second term of President George W. Bush and then during the Obama administration.

Cruz says conservatives helped defeat gun legislation in the Senate and that Obama's health care reform is becoming more unpopular because "more and more people are realizing it simply isn't working."

Cruz was first elected last year but is already generating 2016 presidential buzz.

The Texas senator paid tribute to former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, calling him a "voice in the wilderness."


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