Ted Cruz: I Didn’t Come to D.C. To Make Friends

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Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t going to win a popularity contest any time soon, but he doesn’t care.

“There’s an old saying that ‘Politics, it ain’t beanbag.’ And, you know, I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said in an interview with ABC News set to air on Sunday.

The Republican Texas Senator has taken a lot of flack for his part in the government shutdown, which stemmed from a failed attempt to defund Obamacare by tying it to a bill to keep the government funded. The 16-day partial shutdown ended with Congress passing a new budget and raising debt ceiling.

Cruz has put a lot of the blame for the failure of the “defund” strategy on his certain Republicans, accusing them of “firing their cannons” at House Republicans and comparing to the Senate GOP to an “air force bombing our own troops.”

Cruz told conservative talk show host Mark Levin that the Senate is “undoubtedly” broken.

Still, the Texas senator doesn’t think the “defund” strategy, but Senate Republicans just gave up.

“I will say that the reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached last night, is because, unfortunately, Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans,” Cruz told ABC. “I wish Senate Republicans had united, I tried to do everything I could to urge Senate Republicans to come together and stand with House Republicans.”

Sources: ABC News, The Blaze, TalkingPointsMemo.com