McCain Hints That Ted Cruz Is Ruining The GOP

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, confer as they walk to the floor to vote on extending the debt ceiling, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The federal governmen... Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, confer as they walk to the floor to vote on extending the debt ceiling, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The federal government remains partially shut down for a twelfth day and faces a first-ever default between Oct. 17 and the end of the month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday indicated that he felt Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did some damage to the Republican Party by forcing the Senate to clear a 60-vote threshold to raise the debt ceiling on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal editorial McCain posted to Twitter argues that Cruz’s objection to voting with a simple majority, which forced GOP leaders to vote to raise the debt limit, could hurt the re-election prospects of senators facing primary challengers from the right. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Tea Party opponent Matt Bevin quickly criticized the the Kentucky Republican after he voted for cloture on the bill.

McCain has been an outspoken critic of Cruz. He chided the Texas senator’s plan to tie Obamacare repeal to a bill to fund the government and called Cruz a “wacko bird” in March.

[H/t Huffington Post]

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