Before the shutdown, Cruz prepared to blame Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the government closing if the Democrat refused to negotiate with Cruz on an Obamacare repeal.
In the interview with ABC, Cruz shrugged off a comment that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed conservative groups for the shutdown.
"I can't help what other people say," Cruz said.
Cruz said that while Republicans tried to compromise, Democrats refused to.
"Repeatedly Democrats said, 'No compromise. Shut it down,'" he said.