Cruz Hits Senate Republicans For Obamacare Defeat

AP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday laid the blame for the unsuccessful defund Obamacare effort squarely on Senate Republicans in his keynote speech at an Iowa GOP fundraiser.

“We didn’t accomplish our ultimate policy goal in this battle, and we didn’t because unfortunately a significant number of Senate Republicans chose not to unite and stand side by side with House Republicans,” Cruz said at the Iowa GOP’s Ronald Reagan dinner, as quoted by the Des Moines Register. “Had we stood together I’m convinced the outcome of this fight would be very, very different.”

The Texas Republican fired up the crowd of 600 by urging conservatives to “come together” to combat key issues like the health insurance mandate and increasing national debt. The key to uniting Republicans and turning the country around, he said, was to “restore historic economic growth.”

“And let me tell you, growth and principles are ideas that unify Republicans,” Cruz said, as quoted by the Register. “They are principles and ideals that unify the evangelical community, the liberty movement and the business community. Growth and freedom are principles that bring together Main Street and the tea party.”

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