Cruz hits Trump as 'part of the problem'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE (Texas) on Sunday rejected the notion that GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE is a political outsider.

“I understand that people that are voting for Donald Trump, that they’re angry with Washington [and] they’re angry with politicians who have lied to us,” he told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I’m angry, too, but Donald has been enmeshed in that Washington corruption for 40 years,” the Republican presidential candidate added.

“Donald doesn’t focus on small business, he focuses on Washington and deal-making and big business. Donald Trump is the system. He is Washington. And he’s part of the problem.”

Cruz said he understands frustrations about the "failures of the Obama-Clinton economy, about the fact that jobs are going overseas to China and Mexico, that the wages are stagnated." 

"But we need a president who actually understands how to fix it,” he added.

“The way to fix it is small businesses, unleashing small business through the repeal of ObamaCare, through passing a flat tax [and] through lifting regulations,” the Texas lawmaker added.

Cruz additionally called on GOP voters to support him over Trump, saying he is the only person capable of beating Clinton in a general presidential election.

“If Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE is president, we will lose the Supreme Court for a generation," he said. "Our kids will be drowned in debt. We’ll stay in this stagnation. Jobs will keep fleeing America.

“I don’t want to see my children’s future taken away by Hillary Clinton, and the way to prevent that is for Republicans to continue uniting behind our campaign."