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Ted Cruz: 'Running for office is real simple: You just surgically disconnect your shame sensor'

Nearly 20 declared and potential Republican presidential candidates converged on New Hampshire this weekend for the two-day Republican Leadership Summit. Among them was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who offered this surprisingly frank description of presidential politics to gun owners and activists at a hunting club event on Sunday, as reported by Politico.

"I've told my six-year-old daughter, 'Running for office is real simple: You just surgically disconnect your shame sensor,'" he said. "Because you spend every day asking people for money. You walk up and say, 'How are you doing, sir? Can I have money? Great to see you, lovely shirt, please give me money.' That’s what running for office is like." [Politico]

Points for candor! Though asking for money is something Cruz is going to have to get used to if he stands any chance of winning in 2016. In 2012, the Obama and Romney campaigns each raised north of $1 billion.