Cruz bags pheasants in Iowa, fuels talk of 2016

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz went pheasant-hunting on a western Iowa trip that fueled speculation that he might run for president in 2016.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that the Texas senator hunted on Saturday with Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King. The two then headed to the Le Mars Convention Center, where Cruz spoke to a sold-out fundraising luncheon for the Iowa congressman.

Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer, received cheers and a standing ovation after his remarks to about 275 people. Cruz compared the mood of the country to the malaise experienced by Americans during the administration of Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, in the 1970s.

Cruz pledged to fight for traditional GOP principles of lower taxes, less spending and less government regulation.

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