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Tea Party Rivalry Between Cruz And Paul Inevitable

It seems that a Tea Party rivalry is heating up as two favorites, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have announced their bid to seek the party nomination in the 2016 presidential race. Both Paul and Cruz rode the Tea Party wave to win their positions in the senate.

On Tuesday, Paul formally announced his presidential bid promising to "take America back." So far, Paul and Cruz are the only two announced candidates in the field.

When interviewed by Fox News, Paul said of Ted Cruz, "I guess what makes us different is probably our approach as to how we would make the party bigger. Ted Cruz is a conservative, but it also goes to win-ability. And people will have to make a decision, which is the Republican who can not only excite the base but also bring new people into the party without giving up their principles."

Cruz and Paul do agree on many issues from changing the federal tax code to repealing ObamaCare. They do differ on foreign policy where Cruz has said, "I'm a big fan of Rand Paul. He and I are good friends [but] I don't agree with him on foreign policy."

They definitely disagree on President Obama's decision last year to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba as Cruz, a Cuban-American said, “The Castro brothers are brutal dictators.”

Also, Paul initially supported the tentative nuclear Iran deal, but now appears to align himself more with Senate Republicans. On the other hand, Cruz said, “This is the worst negotiation ever in the history of mankind." While Paul asked Cruz, "Are you ready to send ground troops to Iran?”

Although, later Paul joined Cruz and 44 other Senate Republicans in signing Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iranian leaders.

David Payne, a Republican strategist and a senior vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Vox Global, said Monday "Cruz and Paul must both appeal to the conservative wing of the GOP. But Paul also relies on a lot of excited primary voters who don’t call themselves 'conservative Republicans.' Consider all the libertarians or isolationists or younger political activists he can rally to his cause. This is his advantage over Cruz. .... Rand Paul is positioned to talk with the conservative GOP base while also expanding upon it more easily."

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