Schumer: Ted Cruz Victory A ‘Disaster’

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Friday that the victory of tea party upstart Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican Senate runoff does not augur well for the GOP leadership or the American people.

Appearing on Morning Joe, New York’s senior senator argued that some Republican members have veered out of step with the mainstream views of the American public — a category in which he placed Cruz, who Schumer suggested will cause headaches for both voters and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“They don’t want the America most Americans want,” Schumer told the panel. “Ted Cruz’s victory is a disaster for Mitch McConnell, the Republicans and America.”

Cruz’s victory in Tuesday’s runoff has prompted speculation over how his arrival in the Senate will affect the ongoing gridlock in the chamber.  

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