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Ted Cruz's Hagel Confirmation Performance Resurrects '16 Speculation

On Morning Joe, New York magazine's John Heilemann argues that the current direction of the Republican party provides a Hispanic conservative with a national platform, like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with a huge advantage in the 2016 race.

Posted on February 18, 2013, at 8:13 a.m. ET

"If you're a Hispanic Republican right now, who has a national platform, your mind is immediately spinning towards thinking about 2016, thinking about 2020. I think Ted Cruz is trying to stake out ground as a certain kind of — [pauses] — getting a lot of loyalty among a more fractious, more populist part of the Republican party."

New York magazine's John Heilemann appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

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