Reid: I ‘Respect’ Cruz For Having ‘Set Of Values’ But Rubio’s ‘An Opportunist’

March 3, 2016 7:37 am

In an interview set to air on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) contrasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), saying that while Cruz at least has a “set of values” that he sticks to, Rubio “doesn’t stand for anything.”

“I don’t like a lot of the things that he stands for, in fact, most everything he stands for. But I have some degree of respect for him because he believes in something. He has a set of values,” Reid said of Cruz on Sirius XM’s “The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt,” according to a preview clip of the interview published on Wednesday.

“I don’t agree with his values, but he speaks what he believes is the right thing for the country. And I appreciate someone that does that,” Reid continued about Cruz. “I think he’s really hurt the country with being the person who closed the federal government for 17 days. But at least he set out doing what he said he would do.”

But Reid said that Rubio “is a totally different character.”

“He doesn’t stand for anything, nothing. He’s an opportunist first class,” the minority leader said.

Reid criticized Rubio for abandoning the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

“Here is a man who is part of a group of senators, a very, very small group of senators, who came up with something important for the country: comprehensive immigration reform. He was a part of it. He helped us pass it here in the Senate. And then he walks away from it,” Reid said. “He gives the same speeches on walls, and everybody else that Trump denigrates, he’s right with him doing that.”

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