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Monday, October 21, 2013

Ted Cruz won't rule out another government shutdown -- By Sean Lengell, The Washington Examiner

Sen. Ted Cruz has accused his fellow Senate Republicans of sabotaging his efforts to stop Obamacare during the recent government funding debate and suggested he won't rule out forcing another shutdown of federal agencies over the health care law.

The Texas freshman chastised Senate Republicans for not backing up conservative House Republicans who have demanded that any government funding bill also defund or delay Obamacare, saying the law cannot be defeated unless the GOP is unified.

"When you've got Senate Republicans saying we cannot win, we will surrender, this is a fool's errand, it sabotages the effort," he said in an interview broadcast on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"In my view I think the House Republicans marched out on principe to say, 'we're listening to the people who are hurting because of Obamacare,' and I wish that Senate Republicans would've come in like the calvary to support them."

Cruz added that Senate Republicans "made a decision not just not to support House Republicans but to come in like an air force and dive-bomb them."

When asked by ABC's "This Week" if he was willing to risk another government shutdown over Obamacare mid-January when the current government funding deal expires, Cruz said "I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare."

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