For U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his stunning primary victory a year ago ushered in a “new paradigm in politics – the primacy of the grass roots,” that will receive its toughest test in his new effort to defund the Affordable Care Act at the end of September, or shut the government down trying.
“Under ordinary Washington rules we cannot win, but if the grass roots gets mobilized at historic levels, I believe we can and will win,” Cruz said in an interview in his Washington office Monday, days before the first anniversary of his come-from-behind defeat of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the July 31, 2012, Republican primary runoff to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Senate.
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