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Senator disowns inflammatory language in Cruz coloring book

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Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz still believes in his anti-Obamacare stance that, political pundits argue, helped bring about this year’s 16-day government shutdown.

But while the Texas Republican doesn’t believe he went too far, he concedes that a controversial Ted Cruz coloring book may have.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Mr. Cruz — a rising star in the GOP rumored to be eyeing a 2016 presidential run — disagreed with assertions about Obamacare in the coloring book.

The book includes claims such as: “Millions of citizens believe Obamacare is worse than any war,” and “more U.S. citizens may die of illness if they don’t get insurance than died in all U.S. wars since World War II.”

Pressed on whether he believes Obamacare is worse than war, Mr. Cruz distanced himself from the coloring book.

“No, of course not,” he said.

Leading up to the shutdown, Mr. Cruz spearheaded a tea party strategy centered on repealing, delaying or defunding Obamacare as a prerequisite to keeping the federal government open. He took to the Senate floor in a now-famous filibuster to press the issue.

But the tactic ultimately was unsuccessful. Obamacare is being fully implemented and Republicans have taken the brunt of the political blame for the shutdown.

Still, Mr. Cruz has no regrets and said his actions were the result of trying to “do the right thing” and carried no underlying political motivations.

“This is a city where it’s all politics all the time, and I’m trying to do my best to not pay attention to the politics, to focus on fixing the problem,” Mr. Cruz said. “I know that’s hard to believe because no one in this town does that. This is a time for people to step up and do the right thing and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

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