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Ted Cruz Wants to Blame Democrats

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may have been the primary culprit behind the 2013 government shutdown, but that doesn’t mean he likes the idea of Senate Democrats doing the exact same thing.

After a town hall meeting at an air conditioner manufacturing plant in Waller County, Texas, Cruz told reporters that “you know, I very much hope we don’t have a shutdown. I will say I’m concerned. I think [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and the Democrats want a shutdown.”

He added: “You know, one of the dynamics we’ve got is the Democratic radical left is demanding of Senate Democrats that they oppose everything, that they engage in across-the-board obstruction. And so I do have some concern that to appease the radical left, Chuck Schumer and the Democrats may do everything they can to try to provoke a shutdown.”

Cruz also attempted to explain why the Republicans’ repeal-and-replace bill for Obamacare failed to pass and how the next item on the Republicans’ agenda, tax reform, could be more successful.

What needs to occur with tax reform is sadly what didn’t happen on the front end with Obamacare repeal,” Cruz said, noting that the American Health Care Act was “drafted behind closed doors, was sprung on the world and then the view of leadership was that no meaningful changes would be made and anyone who opposed would simply beaten into submission. I don’t think that’s how you get people to yes.”

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