Run, Ted, run.

That’s the message a new super PAC campaign, announced Wednesday, is sending to the junior senator from Texas. Sen. Ted Cruz’s former regional director, Raz Shafer, announced his departure from Cruz’s office to run the organization, Draft Ted Cruz for President, in the conservative blog RedState.

“When Republicans run for the White House as conservatives, we win. When they run as moderates, we lose,” Shafer wrote. “When Republicans were ready to cave on gun control in early 2013, Ted Cruz was one of the few who fought to stop it. When Republicans were ready to roll over on Obamacare, Ted Cruz refused. And when Republicans tried to deceive their constituents on the debt limit, Ted Cruz refused to go along and fought for us.”

While his former staff was encouraging him to run for the White House, Cruz was (where else?) in Iowa. He’s visited the state four times in the last eight months—more than any other rumored Republican presidential contender, with one exception—Rand Paul.

The media narrative over the past couple weeks has focused on the differences between Cruz and Paul, who are both making their presidential ambitions more and more clear. (A smart piece written by Jason Zengerle in The New Republic recently shows how Paul and Cruz have actually switched personalities since arriving in Washington.)

And they’ve had some drama, at least by D.C. standards. It started when Cruz compared his foreign policy agenda to that of Ronald Reagan, and said his philosophy falls somewhere between Sen. John McCain and Paul. The next day, Paul wrote a column for Breitbart implying that hawkish Republicans like Cruz misrepresent Reagan’s true vision.

On Dana Loesch’s radio show Wednesday, Cruz dispelled the drama between him and Paul. “I love Rand Paul,” he told Loesch. “He is a good friend, he is a tremendous voice for liberty, and I’m proud to stand with Rand.”

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