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Ted Cruz Caught Being Washington Insider!

December 17, 2015

From The Note.

This is precious.

Wait – was Ted Cruz engaged in…Washington business as usual? The Texas senator’s interview with Bret Baier on Fox News Wednesday night was a clarifying dissection of his actions during the Senate fight over immigration reform, a series of events Cruz himself holds up as a central part of his campaign. At issue is an amendment Cruz offered to bar undocumented immigrants from getting on a pathway to citizenship – a classic legislative “poison pill,” designed to kill the overall bill. Except here’s what Cruz said at the time, in 2013: “I don’t want immigration reform to fail. I want immigration reform to pass.” Pressed on that apparent contradiction Wednesday night, Cruz was uncharacteristically flustered: “Of course I wanted the bill to pass – my amendment to pass,” he said. “You’ve been around Washington long enough, you know how to beat bad legislation,” he told Baier. Of course Cruz was trying to kill the immigration bill; the only problem was he was saying the opposite, as one might do in Washington. It’s easy enough to forget, with five senators in the GOP race and an ex-senator in the White House, that it was nearly half a century between Kennedy and Obama – the last two sitting senators to be elected president. Episodes like this are part of the answer why.

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