Cruz’s Clarity On ObamaCare Clouds His Presidential Ambitions For 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) 21-hour-plus Senate floor stand against ObamaCare has galvanized the Republican Party’s conservative base, potentially boosting his presidential ambitions among party activists with influence in early-voting states like Iowa and South Carolina.

But Cruz may also have badly damaged a potential 2016 presidential bid by infuriating party elders and many in the GOP’s donor class, with his charge that those who didn’t agree with his tactics were abandoning conservative ideology.

“He definitely endeared himself to the grass roots, but presidential candidates need some of the big-money donors, and a lot of them are rolling their eyes,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said.

“He’s certainly created some enemies among the donor class and establishment folks by doing this. If he wants to win the Republican presidential primary, he’s going to have to mend some fences.”

“He strengthened his position in the early states, particularly Iowa and South Carolina, but you need more than just grassroots support to win the presidential primary in 2016,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Cameron Joseph at The Hill

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