AMES, Iowa â€” Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday continued his call for cutting off funding for President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law and told conservative Christians that congressional lawmakers canâ€™t be counted on to do it.
The Texas Republican, a tea-party favorite and a possible presidential candidate in 2016, drew a standing ovation at the Family Leadership Summit with his denouncement of the health care initiative labeled â€œObamacareâ€ by its critics.
That reaction right there shows how we win this fight,â€ Cruz said. â€œIf I was sitting in the Senate cloakroom, the reaction would be fundamentally different. If we have to depend on Washington, it will never be done.â€
As he has in remarks to other conservatives, Cruz asserted that a grassroots effort would be needed. â€œThe only way we win this fight is if the American people rise up and hold our elected officials accountable,â€ he said.
Cruz has been part of a push by some conservative lawmakers to close the government temporarily this fall â€” by refusing to fund federal operations beyond Sept. 30 â€” if thatâ€™s the only way to cut off money for Obamaâ€™s health care law. Other Republicans have dismissed the tactic as counterproductive and even dangerous for Republicans seeking re-election next year.
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