Cruz: Federal Government Shutdown Gave GOP A Boost For 2014 Elections

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June 1, 2014 9:10 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led Republicans’ charge to shut down the government by trying to link federal funding to an Obamacare repeal, on Saturday said that his efforts gave the GOP an edge in the 2014 elections.

During a speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Cruz said that “graybeards” in the Republican party are not giving him enough credit for his help.

“They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine,” Cruz said, as recorded by the Washington Post. “But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.”

Cruz also indicated that even though he has so far failed to defund the health care law, he will not give up on a full repeal.

“Any wartime general will tell you that not every war is won in a single battle,” he said.

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