Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tonight reacted to the media’s criticism of him following his announcement that he’ll run for president.

“There’s nothing like the warm embrace of the mainstream media,” he quipped.

Megyn Kelly noted that both the Wall Street Journal and Charles Krauthammer have compared Cruz to then-Sen. Barack Obama, noting that we’ve already had a first-term senator for president.

“There are marked differences between my background and Barack Obama’s,” Cruz said, explaining that Cruz has led on issues of the day, while Obama was more of a "back bencher" in the Senate. Before serving in the Senate, Cruz said he wasn’t a community organizer like Obama, but rather solicitor general of Texas.

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Kelly remarked that critics say Cruz has led the fight, but they question what he has “actually accomplished.” The Texas senator told Kelly that he’s been “stopping bad things from happening.”

“The Kelly File” host also asked Cruz to react to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s interview last night, during which he questioned Cruz’s “winnability.”

Cruz said that he and Paul are friends who have “fought side by side for liberty.”

He then told Kelly that in the first day since his announcement, he has raised $1 million.

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