Cruz hits Trump as 'part of the problem'
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Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSenate Republicans reluctant to rush vote on healthcare bill Healthcare bill 'not the last step' to repealing ObamaCare, Republican says Dem senator: GOP's healthcare approach will 'devastate Medicaid' MORE (Texas) on Sunday rejected the notion that GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpShould government 'outsource' censorship to Facebook and Twitter? Sanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’ Schiff: Obama's delayed response to Russian interference 'a very serious mistake' 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.”

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“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 Rodham ClintonAre Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? Trump: Calling Warren Pocahontas ‘an insult to Pocahontas’ GOP vows to use Pelosi against Democrats in 2018 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."