U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, during the Republican Party of Iowa’s Reagan Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz argued to influential Iowa Republicans Friday that the partial government shutdown he helped precipitate this month was a success despite a compromise that reopened the government and ultimately funded the health care law he has made his name fighting.
His reason: It got people talking.
“One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country,” Cruz told about 600 Iowa Republicans at the state GOP’s annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines.
Cruz’s crusader’s spirit was the perfect example of what longtime Republicans in Iowa and nationally say is at the root of the party’s losing ways and has sparked an intraparty fight over the way forward after consecutive losing presidential elections.
It’s a conversation that’s spilling out from backstage to behind the podium between national GOP establishment luminaries and state leaders around the country.
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