By Mario Trujillo - 12/13/13 09:45 AM EST
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Thursday he is convinced Sen. Ted Cruz is running for president after spending time with the Texas Republican on a trip to South Africa.
“Definitely,” Cummings told CNN. “Yes, I have no doubt about it, no.”
Cummings said Cruz dodged questions about his presidential ambitions during their conversation but admitted he would continue visiting early nominating states and take the steps that presidential candidates tend to make.
Cummings then asked if he would continue to travel to early primary or caucus states like Iowa and South Carolina.
“He said he would probably be going to all of those places, and he would doing the things that a presidential candidate would be normally doing, but he wouldn't say yes or no. But it was quite clear to me,” Cummings said.
Cummings was one of 23 lawmakers that traveled to South Africa for Mandela's service.