Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the role he played in shutting down the government has damaged his party’s brand.
Disapproval for the Republican party is now 59 percent, according to an October Fox News poll.
“Do you think you’ve hurt the Republican party brand?” asked CNN “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley.
“Not remotely,” Cruz laughed. “But I also think far too many people are worried about politics.”
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“Listen, if we worry about what’s impacting the American people, the politics will take care of itself,” he added. “The politicians that are gazing at polls — there is a reason why the most common sentiment across this country is that politicians aren’t listening to us, there’s a reason why Congress has a 10 to 15 percent approval rating.”
Crowley said polls showed many American didn’t support Obamacare, but large percentage said that was because it didn’t go far enough.
“It is existing law,” she said, “that you’re trying to overturn. “Why not just get out there and win elections and overturn it with a Republican Senate and a Republican House and a Republican in the White House instead of shutting down the government, which I think you would concede hurts people who had nothing to do with Obamacare?”
“Listen, we did have an election, and Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives.”
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Cruz suggested that if anyone hurt their party brand it was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.Y. Cruz said “a reporter from CNN, Dana Bash, asked [Reid] about the NIH funding, funding for the National Institute of Health, and said, ‘If you can save one kid with cancer, is that worth doing it?’ and his response, he said ‘Why would I care about that?’”
He added that Reid then “proceeded to lecture and insult her.”
He said Bash was just doing her job “and the response from Democrats was ‘How dare you question us, we’re going to shut down everything and we’re not going to budge.’”