Benjamin Bell
abcnews.go.com
December 30, 2013

Firebrand conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, expressed no regrets over his role in this fall’s government shutdown today in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl for “This Week,” 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.”

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