Cruz hits Trump as 'part of the problem'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE (Texas) on Sunday rejected the notion that GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGingrich: Trump ‘mishandled’ Rosenstein memo on Comey Trump to gift Macron framed upholstery: report Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush 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 ClintonFormer presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir 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."