Ted Cruz Is Still Defending The Government Shutdown

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. The calendar says Iowa's presidential caucuses are more than a year away. But it's never too early for p... U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. The calendar says Iowa's presidential caucuses are more than a year away. But it's never too early for potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016 to court social conservatives in the early-voting state. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) MORE LESS
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Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t sorry for the government shutdown. On the contrary, he’s proud of his role in that fight, and he’s fundraising off it.

One year after persuading party leaders to tie government funding to a bill that defunded Obamacare, the Texas Republican is still defending the battle he waged, even as many GOP leaders would rather forget it.

“A year ago today, we began an effort to #MakeDCListen. I went to the Senate floor to warn of the tremendous harms Obamacare would cause and urge Congress to do something about it. You went to Facebook, to Twitter, or even to your neighbors to speak the truth,” he wrote in a fundraising email sent Wednesday, and passed along by a source.

“As a result of that fight, millions of Americans rose up and demanded we stop the disaster that is Obamacare. Together, we elevated the national debate. And now, the misguided healthcare law is more unpopular than ever.”

Cruz’s letter doesn’t mention that the fight led to a shutdown, or that Republicans took a hit in the polls while ultimately failing to extract concessions on Obamacare or other issues.

The letter ends by asking for a contribution to the Ted Cruz Victory Committee in order to “retire Majority Leader Harry Reid” in the November midterm elections.

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  1. Avatar for pdxer pdxer says:

    His little PR stunt cost us around $30 billion. Never forget that.

  2. This is good PR, Ted, do you have pictures to go along with your tales of woe? Sure would be nice to actually see someone who is suffering now that they have good health care.

  3. If you’re still explaining, you’re still losing.

  4. Avatar for jsfox jsfox says:

    Another fiscal “resonsible” Republican proud of costing the US tax payer close to $30 billion dollars for a political stunt.

  5. Avatar for mcbain mcbain says:

    Wait a sec. All the other Republicans are saying that the shutdown was Obama and/or Harry Reid’s fault. Cruz must not have got that memo.

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