Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE, a Republican presidential candidate, on Monday released a new video where he shows off a method for cooking bacon with a machine gun.

"Few things I enjoy more than on weekends cooking breakfast with the family. Of course in Texas, we cook bacon a little differently than most folks," Cruz says in a new video from IJ Review. 

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Cruz then takes up a machine gun with a strip of bacon wrapped around its nozzle. After firing off several rounds, the senator picks a piece of sizzling meat off the end and eats it approvingly.

The Texas lawmaker is expected to be among the top 10 Republican candidates on stage at the first presidential debate on Thursday night. Much of the attention is expected to fall on businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE, who is the front-runner in Republican polls.

Trump's GOP rivals have worked to steal away some of his media attention. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report MORE (S.C.) destroyed cellphones in another IJReview video last month after Trump gave out his number during a campaign speech. 

Cruz is currently tied for fifth place in the RealClearPolitics polling average with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE (R). While considered a top contender, Rubio and other candidates have seen their poll numbers  fall sharply since Trump's entrance into the race.