Cruz cooks bacon with a machine gun

Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: On the fringe FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton links Trump to 'alt-right' in Reno Presidential hopefuls still bank on retail politics 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 TrumpPalin: 'Thank God' Trump sticking by building wall Trump campaign CEO once charged with domestic violence: reports Trump claims ignorance on alt-right movement 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 GrahamGraham: Let special prosecutor probe Clinton emails The Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs Graham: GOP being 'left behind' under Trump 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 RubioAnalysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Senate Dems' campaign arm knocks GOP for Trump support 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.

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