Rick Santorum: Ted Cruz ‘Did More Harm’ Than Good With Government Shutdown

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santorumFormer senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for the partial government shutdown, admitting Cruz “did more harm” than good with his attempt to defund President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“I would say that in the end he did more harm,” Santorum said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I think it was not his objective. I think his objective was a laudable one.”

Prior to the shutdown, which left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed without pay for over two weeks and cost the U.S. economy an estimated $24 billion, Santorum voiced support for Cruz’s plan to tie anti-Obamacare measures to the government funding bill.

“It’s too soon to tell whether the strategy has worked or not, will it move the debate this way? But I think that’s really ultimately, what I think Ted’s is trying to accomplish and I think he’s certainly is pulling out all the bullets to get it done,” Santorum told CNN in September.

However, on Sunday, Santorum said Cruz’s plan failed in its execution.

“I think he didn’t do a very good job in pointing [his objective] out,” Santorum said. “It’s one thing to have a goal, and another thing to have a plan to get you to that goal, and he didn’t figure that out.”

Read more at Huffington Post.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. CORRECTION: Ted Cruz himself did not cause the “partial government shutdown”. It was a team effort along with the Senate Democrat leadership and the Dictator himself.

    What Senator Cruz did do was to bring attention to the huge boondoggle that ObamaCare is. Democrats will never want to de-fund anything — except the military — under any circumstances, much less the king of them all: ObamaCare. To the Democrats, every penny of non-military spending is undeniably essential.

    This headline is very shamefully misleading!

  2. Santorum was by far the best candidate in my opinion. He was a passionate conservative. A family man – I think 8 kids (one may have died) He made sense, and he did shockingly well.

    I hope he runs again

  3. They are knocking Ted Cruz because he is running circles around them. They are alll afraid of their seats, and they have what to be afraid of.They should all be voted out

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