Ted Cruz brought his anti-Washington crusade to Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the Dream summit in Dallas on Saturday.
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“I spent last week in Washington, D.C,” he said. “It’s great to be back in America.” Barry Goldwater, to whom Cruz has often been compared, couldn’t have said it better.

Cruz took jabs like that throughout his remarks, throwing the sharpest elbows at the commander in chief. Six months ago, Obamacare was the dominant issue shaping key Senate races, but in a sign of how the political ground has shifted Cruz predicted they would be a “national referendum on amnesty.” Though many have speculated about the brewing rivalry between Cruz and his fellow Texan, Governor Rick Perry, with both eyeing a presidential bid in 2016, Cruz offered praise for Perry’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the secure the border.