In an interview with Time magazine, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, explained that he respected President Obama and even modeled his own campaign for senate after his presidential campaign.

“I think Barack Obama is an extraordinary politician,” Cruz said. “And I respect Barack Obama a great deal. I think he is committed to his principles, which is rare in politics.”

Cruz also pointed out that Obama’s principles were “profoundly dangerous.”

“I respect that he believes, I think genuinely, with all of his heart, that government control of economy and redistribution of wealth betters the world,” Cruz added. “I think moving in that direction has wreaked havoc to the American economy. The people who suffer in the Obama economy have been young people, African Americans, Hispanics, single moms.”

Cruz explained that he particularly admired Obama for managing to beat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidetial primary in 2008.

“If you look at that 2008 Democratic primary, there was no more formidable, unstoppable candidate — other than an incumbent President — in modern times than Hillary Clinton,” he said. “And Barack Obama ran a guerrilla campaign that empowered the people.”

He liked Obama’s campaign so much, Cruz explained, that he modeled his own senate campaign on Obama’s ability to empower the grassroots. He even gave his campaign staffers a copy of Obama’s campaign manager’s book, “The Audacity to Win.”