Catalina Camia, USA Today
Everyone wants to know if Sen. Ted Cruz is going to run for president
in 2016, but that doesn't mean the Texas Republican is going to answer
the question directly.
Asked on CBS' Face the Nation if he
will seek the White House, Cruz politely sidestepped Bob Schieffer as
the show's host tried to pin down the senator on his future plans.
focus is on the challenges facing the country right now," Cruz said.
"My focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate."
added that he's concerned about economic growth and "abuse of power" by
President Obama, but did not specify what he meant. The Texan, now
starting his second year in the Senate, exploded onto the national scene
last year with his fight to defund Obama's health care law.
for another potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, Cruz said he's
"rooting" for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to get past the bridge
scandal that has dominated political headlines for weeks. Christie fired
his deputy chief of staff and cut ties to a political ally when e-mails
showed his aides and appointees were involved in revenge-motivated lane
closures on the George Washington Bridge.
"I like Chris Christie," Cruz said, using words such as "brash,"
"outspoken" and "effective leader" to describe the New Jersey governor.