"Ted Cruz and I have been roundly criticized in the effort to defund Obamacare. We make no apologies," Lee said, prompting standing applause from the audience.
A recent poll conducted by Brigham Young University showed that Lee's popularity in his home state has shrunk recently. The poll found that 51 percent of Utahns have an unfavorable view of Lee while just 40 percent have a favorable view. In June, before the defund effort really kicked into gear, the poll found that 71 percent of in-state Republicans had a favorable view of Lee while. By contrast, the more recent poll found that 57 percent of Utah Republicans had a favorable view of him.