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Democratic strategist James Carville showered Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with high praise on Sunday, calling the conservative firebrand the "most talented and fearless Republican I've seen in the last 30 years."
"I further think that he’s going to run for president and he is going to create something," Carville told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's 'This Week.' "I’m not sitting here saying he’s going to win, and I think Senator DeMint is right. I’ve listened to excerpts of his speech in South Carolina. He touches every button, and this guy has no fear. He just keeps plowing ahead. And he is going to be something to watch."
He added: "And a lot of Republicans feel this way, George, and you hear this a lot: 'If we only got someone who was articulate and was for what we were for, we would win elections. And we get these John McCains and these Mitt Romneys and these squishy guys that can’t do anything.' Well, there’s one thing this guy is not. He ain’t squishy, not in the least."
Cruz wowed attendees at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association on Friday, touting his efforts to kill Senate legislation that would have expanded gun background checks - a measure he claimed impinged on the Second Amendment. The Texas Republican also invited Vice President Joe Biden to a debate on gun control.
"Ted Cruz is going to eat their lunch," Carville later added. "That guy, I’m telling you, he will out-debate. I am just saying, he is a talent. I’m not rooting. I’m really sincere here. We watch him, he does things, I mean when he started talking about William Travis in South Carolina and the Alamo. This is a guy, and you go, 'This guy is something.' Now I don’t agree with him. I think he’s out there. But I’m telling you, he’s more talented than all of these other guys."