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Ted Cruz: Tea Party firebrand aims to storm White House

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who has fought hard to maintain a prominent place for faith in American life, also sees himself in a battle for the very soul of the nationOnce reviled by fellow Republicans as a “wacko bird” eager to shut down the US government, Ted Cruz now aims to outmaneuver rivals and bring his Tea Party conservatism straight into the White House. With the Iowa caucuses looming Monday, Cruz is locked in a tight contest with frontrunner Donald Trump for their party’s presidential nomination. As a freshman in the US Senate, the 45-year-old Texan — an intellectual proponent of a grassroots movement that has simmered for years under the Republican mainstream — has barely three years under his belt in Washington.

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