Cummings: Cruz running in 2016

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Trump claims vindication after release of Comey memos Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday he is convinced 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 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.
 

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“I asked him directly,” Cummings told CNN. “He tried to skirt the issue, but basically said that he would be traveling throughout the country.”
 
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.

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