Ted Cruz says he's the man for the U.S. Senate job

Ted Cruz says he's the man for the U.S. Senate job

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The race for U.S. Senator grows closer, as republican candidate Ted Cruz narrowly trails Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the polls.

NewsChannel 10's Diana Crawford was able to get an exclusive interview with Ted Cruz, who made a stop in Amarillo.

It's one of the most contested races in Texas, the replacement of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who has held the seat for nearly two decades.   

Republican candidate Ted Cruz says he's the man for the job. "I have spent my life fighting to defend the Constitution and fighting to defend free market principles. Today, more than any time in history, we need a strong conservative, and a fighter in Washington."

So far the race itself, has been a battle - Dewhurst vs. Cruz, one fought through television attack ads.

Despite the bashing, Cruz's campaign has gained momentum, through key endorsements and campaign donations that now have him neck and neck with Dewhurst in total contributions.

Cruz explains, "We have seen conservatives across the state of Texas unite behind this campaign. This has been a grassroots campaign from the very beginning."

A proponent of cutting government spending and repealing the Affordable Care Act, Cruz looks to the Constitution for answers.

When asked how he can guarantee voters he will actually do what he says, he responds, "I am sick and tired of hearing politicians make promises on the trail, and then go to Washington and become spineless jellyfish. The only way to know for sure, is to look to a proven record. The heart of my campaign from day one has been a proven record. Rather than talking the talk,  I've been walking the walk, and fighting for conservative principles my entire life."

The Texas Primary is May 29th, but early voting lasts through this Friday.