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Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, center, is pictured in 2012. (AP)
Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, center, is pictured in 2012. (AP)

Freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas began a marathon speech this afternoon, to try to get the rest of the Senate to go along with his plan to defund Obamacare.

He will probably not be at a loss for words.

A new profile by Jason Zengerle in GQ magazine calls Cruz "the most despised man in the U.S. Senate" but also a dazzling orator, who as Texas Solicitor General won four out of eight arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican leaders such as John McCain, who has called Cruz a "wacko bird," intensely dislike Cruz for his take-no-prisoners political style and staunch anti-government views. And Ted Cruz has been office less than a year.

Zengerle joins Here & Now to talk about the senator.

Guest

  • Jason Zengerle, senior staff writer for Politico and author of the profile of Cruz in GQ. He tweets @zengerle.

This segment aired on September 24, 2013.

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