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Sen Cruz Addresses Texas Medical Association In Austin

Updated: Saturday, October 19 2013, 01:22 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is back in Texas where his political star is still rising -- even if his helping lead the government shutdown fight may have hurt him nationally.

The tea party firebrand is addressing a Texas Medical Association conference Saturday in Austin. He's giving a congressional update on the nation's new health care law.

His assessment likely won't be very sunny. Cruz helped partially shut down the government in an attempt to sever funding for the White House's signature health care initiative.

With the U.S. facing default, the Senate brokered a deal to end the standoff. But Cruz savaged his colleagues, saying he was saddened by their lack of courage.

Many now see Cruz as Texas' most-popular Republican. His approval ratings nationally may be slipping a bit, however. 

Sen Cruz Addresses Texas Medical Association In Austin

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