On “Hannity” tonight, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded to Thomas Sowell’s opinion column about the Texas senator.

In an opinion piece, Sowell wrote, in part:

The Republican establishment's criticisms of Sen. Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and taking back the White House in 2016. And, without political power, there is no real hope of changing things in Washington.

Sen. Cruz's filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government — and his threatened filibuster this year forced several Republican Senators to jeopardize their own reelection prospects by voting to impose cloture, to prevent Cruz from repeating his self-serving grandstand play of last year.

Cruz said that he admires and respects Sowell. He said he agreed with much of what he said in his opinion piece, but told Hannity, “I think we need to fight on issues that matter.”

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Cruz said he believes in picking your battles. He said that there were two particular battles that Republicans should have fought harder on – ObamaCare and the debt ceiling.

According to Cruz, Republicans can win in 2014 by “taking principle stands with the American people.”

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“You don’t win elections by rolling over. It demoralizes people. You win elections by drawing a line in the sand, by giving people a reason to show up and vote,” he said.

When asked if he is considering a presidential run in 2016, Cruz said he is focusing on getting Republicans elected in 2014.

Watch the full interview above.