Grassroots favorite Senator Ted Cruz has grabbed onto the conservative reigns in the U.S. Senate, and is widely expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

During a recent interview with the SHARK TANK in his Washington, D.C. office, Cruz stated that Republicans cannot win the 2016 presidential election, if they “don’t stand for anything.”

Cruz added that Republicans need to look to the past several Republican presidential nominees, and stir a way from running similar presidential campaigns that simply “didn’t work.”

If you look to prior elections, the one thing that’s clear, is if we nominate in 2016, another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole, or a John McCain, or a Mitt Romney…but what they did, didn’t work. And if we nominate another candidate in the mold of Dole, or McCain, or Romney, the same voters, who stayed home in 2008, 2012, will stay home in 2016.- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

When pressed about Jeb Bush, Cruz said that he respected and admired Jeb Bush, and thought that he was a “good governor for the state of Florida.”

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