WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — One prominent Democrat believes Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz will run for president in 2016.

“It’s clear to me he’s running for president – I don’t have any doubt about it,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., told The Baltimore Sun.

Cummings traveled to South Africa with the Republican senator from Texas and other lawmakers for Nelson Mandela’s memorial.

During the trip, the two discussed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law which Cruz is vehemently against.

“He got an earful from many of us – I mean it was a very good conversation, nothing negative,” Cummings told the Sun. “I just reminded him that I’m concerned about the many people in my state and his state who have no health insurance.”

Cummings added: “I know he got an earful for 20 hours and he’s going to get another earful for 20 hours on the way back.”

Cruz has been widely speculated that he will run for president in 2016, but the senator has yet to announce if he will or not.

Cruz was also a finalist for Time’s Person of the Year, which went to Pope Francis.


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