AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says Republicans lost the government-shutdown budget battle because members of his own party in Congress turned on one another.
But he also says he's encouraged they won't make the same mistake during the next political impasse.
The tea party firebrand addressed a Texas Medical Association conference today in Austin, saying the nation's new health care law has "millions of Americans hurting." Cruz helped shut down much of the federal government in an attempt to sever funding for the law.
With the U.S. facing default, Senate leaders brokered a deal to end the standoff. But Cruz savaged his colleagues, saying he was saddened by their lack of courage.
Many now see Cruz as Texas' most-popular Republican. His approval ratings nationally may be slipping a bit, however.
APPHOTO TXAUS101: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to members of the Texas Medical Association about the Affordable Care Act in on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Cruz said that Republicans lost the government shutdown budget battle because some members of his own party in Congress turned on their colleagues, but that he doesn't think they will make the same mistake during another political impasse. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM (19 Oct 2013)
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