Sen. Ted Cruz Expresses No Regret Over Role in Government Shutdown; Talks Coloring Book
In an exclusive interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for "This Week," firebrand conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R - Tx., expressed no regrets over his role in this fall's government shutdown, placing the blame for the 16-day closure squarely on the shoulders of Democratic leaders.
"I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown," the freshman senator said when asked if pushing the strategy linking funding the government to the funding of Obamacare was a mistake,
When reminded by Karl that even Republican House Speaker John Boehner took conservative groups to task for pushing a faulty strategy, Cruz said "I can't help what other people say."
Cruz did find a receptive audience for his shutdown strategy among House conservatives, whom he secretly strategized with during the shutdown at the Capitol Hill Mexican restaurant Tortilla Coast. He joined Karl there to discuss his first year in Congress after being named a 2013 "This Week" game changer.
"The conservatives who met here at Tortilla Coast, who met repeatedly and continue to have conversations, what we're trying to do is listen to the American people, listen to those over two million people who were saying, this thing ain't working," Cruz told ABC News.