Cruz: No Surrender

The Texas Republican refuses to back off the idea of using another showdown over government funding to delay ObamaCare, even as Republican leaders are ready to move on.

Cruz’s insistence comes in the face of deep criticism from fellow Senate Republicans.

“I would do anything and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is ObamaCare,” Cruz told ABC News when asked whether he would push the country to the brink of another shutdown.

“I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington,” he added on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

His recent bruising battles with the GOP leadership have had one clear positive for the freshman Republican. He has cemented his role as the Tea Party’s standard-bearer.

But even as Cruz has amplified his influence with the conservative base, some Republican strategists warn he could end up destroying his party’s ability to win national elections.

“If it came down to Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, I bet you three quarters of the Republican Party would be supporting Chris Christie,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who worked for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008.

“He probably hurt himself in terms of 2016 electability,” O’Connell added.

Read more from Alexander Bolton at The Hill

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