Cruz gets rousing reception at Texas GOP gathering

FILE - In this April 25, 2014, file photo, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, addresses a crowd during a rally at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Sandy, Utah. Cruz will visit Ukraine this month and meet with leaders of the protest movement that forced out the country's pro-Russian president, his office said Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has fired up the Texas Republican Convention, promising to lead a conservative revolution unseen since the days of Ronald Reagan.

The tea party favorite is a possible 2016 presidential candidate — and seemed like one during his speech Friday before thousands of adoring delegates who gave him numerous standing ovations.

Cruz likened President Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter and decried the economy “being trapped in the Great Stagflation.”

He didn’t call himself the second coming of Reagan but noted, “In 1980, Washington despised Ronald Reagan.”

Addressing the convention later is Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful.

He’ll become the face of the state GOP at a time when deep divisions over immigration, guns and gay Texans have pitted many convention-goers against one another.

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