WASHINGTON — Republican members of
The leader of the conservative Republican opposition to President
On two talk shows, Cruz did not rule out another push for a shutdown in January, when continued funding for the government would once again require congressional authorization. “I would do anything and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Cruz said on
Cruz interpreted the bottom-of-the-barrel poll ratings for Congress that came out last week as a sign that Americans wanted Congress to work harder to dismantle Obamacare, rather than as a repudiation of its priorities. He sharply criticized his fellow
“I think the House Republicans marched out on principle to say we're listening to the people who are hurting because of "Obamacare." And I wish that Senate Republicans had come in like the cavalry to support them,” Cruz said on CNN’s “
Other, more senior Republican senators agreed with the need to halt healthcare reform. But they took issue with shutting down the government again in 2014 as a negotiating ploy. Senate Minority Leader
"A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course, it didn't. So there'll not be another government shutdown, you can count on that," McConnell said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
McConnell declined to criticize Cruz, whose great popularity with the GOP’s conservative base has amplified his clout, despite his recent arrival on the national stage. But other GOP senators such as
"I think the tactical choice that he embraced hurt our party," Graham said on "Face the Nation."
"After this debacle called 'the shutdown,' ... our brand name's at the lowest ever. Obamacare actually got a bump in polling, and we got in the way of a disastrous rollout."