Ted Cruz Agrees With Obama — for Once

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas attends a hearing on sequestration effects on military budget and spending before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 7, 2013.
National Journal
Michael Catalin
Jan. 30, 2014, 11:36 a.m.

You read that head­line cor­rectly.

Ted Cruz, the tea-party Tex­an who has made it his mis­sion to re­peal Obama­care, has found a rare area of com­mon ground with the White House: Cruz praised At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Eric Hold­er for de­cid­ing to seek the death pen­alty against ac­cused Bo­ston Mara­thon at­tack­er Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“I am pleased that At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Hold­er has de­cided to seek the death pen­alty in the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It is cru­cial that the United States send a mes­sage across the world that ter­ror­ists who seek to at­tack our home­land and bring harm to our cit­izens will be brought to justice and re­ceive the severest pun­ish­ment un­der our laws,” Cruz said in a state­ment.

The state­ment comes after Cruz ag­gress­ively ques­tioned Hold­er earli­er this week over the Justice De­part­ment’s in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the IRS for al­legedly tar­get­ing tea-party groups that sought tax-ex­empt status.

Tsarnaev is ac­cused in the at­tack that killed three people and in­jured more than 260.

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