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.
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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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