Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE, a Republican presidential candidate, on Monday released a new video where he shows off a method for cooking bacon with a machine gun.

"Few things I enjoy more than on weekends cooking breakfast with the family. Of course in Texas, we cook bacon a little differently than most folks," Cruz says in a new video from IJ Review. 

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Cruz then takes up a machine gun with a strip of bacon wrapped around its nozzle. After firing off several rounds, the senator picks a piece of sizzling meat off the end and eats it approvingly.

The Texas lawmaker is expected to be among the top 10 Republican candidates on stage at the first presidential debate on Thursday night. Much of the attention is expected to fall on businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE, who is the front-runner in Republican polls.

Trump's GOP rivals have worked to steal away some of his media attention. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach MORE (S.C.) destroyed cellphones in another IJReview video last month after Trump gave out his number during a campaign speech. 

Cruz is currently tied for fifth place in the RealClearPolitics polling average with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity MORE (R). While considered a top contender, Rubio and other candidates have seen their poll numbers  fall sharply since Trump's entrance into the race.