“Take over the world, world domination...rich, powerful, that sort of stuff,” said 18-year-old Ted Cruz, when asked what he wanted to do with his life.

A video posted to YouTube this week shows the Republican presidential hopeful in 1988, while attending Second Baptist School in Houston, Texas. Not unlike any other teenager, Cruz is casual, goofy and achingly arrogant. Unlike any other teenager, he is still trying to take over the world, one government agency at a time.

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