In a word, Ted Cruz thinks Hillary Clinton is “misguided.”
“She has consistently been wrong on domestic policy and foreign policy,” he said during a Politico Playbook Breakfast. One example? HillaryCare, which Cruz called the precursor to Obamacare.
Cruz predicts, like many other pundits, that Clinton is very likely to be the Democratic nominee if she runs in 2016. But to think she’s a shoo-in beyond that would be wrong, Cruz said, predicting a 40 percent chance Democrats could win the White House.
“At the end of the day, I recognize the media all think, ‘Oh, she’s unstoppable,’ which is fine,” Cruz said. “But they thought she was unstoppable in 2008.”
Aside from Clinton, Cruz had only nice things to say about potential 2016 Republican contenders, calling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “brash,” — a positive adjective, apparently — and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky “liberty-loving.”
One senior Republican Cruz isn’t eager to issue compliments about? Mitch McConnell. He called him a “leader,” because “that is what is stenciled on his door.”
“I strongly disagree with “¦ some of the decisions that Republican leadership has made this past year,” Cruz said. “There is a real divide over how to win elections.”
That’s certainly no surprise, as Cruz didn’t come to Washington to make friends. And at no time was that made more clear than during the debt-ceiling debate, when he objected to allowing a simple-majority vote, thereby forcing at least five Republicans to vote for a procedural motion to allow the debt-ceiling bill to move forward. In the end, 12 Republicans, including nearly all of the leadership, voted yes.
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