Harry Reid: Ted Cruz Pushed for Government Shutdown to Help His “Run for President”

cruz-reidFollowing the reopening of the government this past week after being shut down for over two weeks, there have been plenty of comments from both sides as to who’s responsible and just what the heck happened.

And while I put the entire blame for this fiasco on the Republican party (when Boehner willfully blocks a vote that would have kept our government open, that’s entirely on the GOP) there is one man who most Americans see as the ring leader behind this whole fiasco.

That parasite man is, of course, Senator Ted Cruz.

He was clearly the leading voice behind the scenes as it relates to this pointless shutdown.

And while many Americans are still scratching their heads as to why this whole shutdown happened to begin with, Harry Reid didn’t pull any punches when discussing why he thought Ted Cruz was so adamant about shutting down our government.  During an interview that will air on Sunday, Reid said, “In an effort to help him run for president, he has done some stuff that’s really damaging to our country.  He has hurt average Americans.”

And Reid is absolutely right.  As I pointed out in this article covering a few of the lives that the shutdown did devastate, many Americans suffered greatly due to this shutdown.

Reid also went on to point out the fact that Cruz has raised a lot of money during his political stunt.

I actually said something similar a few weeks ago in a piece where I wrote that I believe Ted Cruz is using his position as United States Senator as a taxpayer-funded presidential campaign.

And you’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe that is exactly what Cruz is trying to do.  He has spent his extremely short political career staging one political stunt after another, pandering to the tea party, doing everything he can to solidify himself as the face of the GOP.

As this poll even showed, Ted Cruz’s name recognition drastically increased in the weeks leading up to the eventual shutdown of our government.  Unfortunately for Cruz, that poll also showed that the more people got to know him, the more they disliked him.

However, he has accomplished his goal of positioning himself as the “leader of the pack” thus far among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.  Which is really what this whole government shutdown was about to begin with.

It was Ted Cruz using our government, and the American people, as tools to further his own political ambitions.

But luckily, as that poll indicated, the more people get to know Ted Cruz—the more they can’t stand him.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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