It is his first official day as Senator and Ted Cruz is already being hailed as the new face of the Republican Party.
"It is an incredible honor to be here representing 27 million Americans across the state of Texas," said Cruz.
In a satellite interview from the capitol, Cruz talked about the journey from political longshot to Texas Junior Senator. Ted Cruz, with one hand on his father’s bible, and one in the air, experiencing what he called a dizzying day in D.C.
"My serving here today is a testament to hundreds of thousands of grass roots activists across the state of Texas who stood together and who accomplished the politically impossible," said Cruz.
Impossible, because he defeated the establishment republican state candidate, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, a man who Governor Rick Perry campaigned hard for, and now that he's in Washington, he's still speaking out when he feels Republicans are wrong. Cruz called the fiscal cliff deal immoral.
"This deal was not a serious attempt to address the fiscal and economic challenges facing this country, and I think it's immoral to saddle our kids and grandkids with crushing debt," said Cruz.
Cruz said if there's a silver lining to the disappointment of the November elections nationwide, it's the next generation of republicans stepping forward.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve with so many promising new leaders, I hope we can make a real difference for the country," said Cruz.
While he doesn't shy away from the spotlight, he isn’t quite ready to talk about a run for the White House in 2016, even though some Republicans are already floating his name.
"I was just sworn in a few hours ago, at this point I haven’t even found the restroom, so I am focused very much on the job that the people of Texas elected me to do," Cruz said.
Cruz called his relationship with fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn, “very strong.” He also has three priority's for his time in the Senate.
- Cut spending and the debt.
- Fundamental tax reform, simplifying the system.
- Regulatory reform.
Bold plans for a freshman senator, who on day one may already be one of his party's most influential forces.