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Report: Ted Cruz getting ready to run for president in 2016

First-term Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is preparing to run for president in 2016, with an announcement from the Tea Party star possibly coming at the end of this year.

"At this point it's 90/10 he's in," a Cruz adviser told National Journal. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it."

The focus for a presidential campaign could end up being foreign policy, with Cruz positioning himself against his potential rival, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is known for advocating a more non-interventionist approach.

"Is it true that the American people are war-weary? Absolutely," Cruz told the magazine. "We are tired of sending our sons and daughters to distant lands year after year after year, to give their lives trying to transform foreign nations. But I think it's a serious misreading of the American people to conclude that we are unwilling to defend ourselves, that we are unwilling to be strong and vigorous defending U.S. national security."