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GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, right, speaks to media upon arriving at GraceWorks Church, in Chattanooga, Tenn., on August 10, 2015 during Cruz's first stop on a tour of the state.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stopped in Chattanooga on Monday as he spent the congressional recess politicking around the South.

The Texas senator and presidential dreamer (being called a dreamer will probably cause him a little heartburn) is best known for shutting down the government, reading Green Eggs and Ham during a filibuster and opposing immigration reform — never mind that he is son of a Cuban immigrant.

In Chattanooga, the tea party-leaning Republican made what he called a biscuits and gravy stopover during his eight-state "Cruz Country" bus tour through the southern states. He made a stump speech at GraceWorks Church on Lee Highway.

He told the crowd that Tennessee will play a "critical role" in the 2016 race.

The event seemed to have all the makings of an altogether boring beginning to presidential politics in Chattanooga.

But then supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, perked things up by welcoming Cruz and his supporters with Sanders' signs.

The Sanders folks said they just wanted the Cruz crowd to known there is "a viable alternative."

Cruz is a climate change denier and a fanatic of the belief that all things government are too big and all bad.

Sanders, on the other hand, thinks we aren't doing enough to combat climate change and that we should provide tuition-free public college and a single-payer health care system.

Maybe the next time he filibusters, Cruz will read Dr. Seuss' book "The Lorax." He might learn something.

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