Rep. Joaquin Castro said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz has made the political polarization in Washington worse since he arrived and that Mr. Cruz’s filibuster showed that he can’t be president.
“I think what became clear this week is that he can’t be president, and the reason is nobody will follow him,” Mr. Castro, Texas Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Even people within his own party won’t follow him. So, in terms of his long-term prospects, it was fairly damaging.”
Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, has been a thorn in the side of both parties since riding into office last year and his 21-hour filibuster this week highlighted the divide within the GOP over the best strategy to defund Obamacare.
“He wanted to make a big splash and he certainly has, but he has done something that I think is unusual, which is he has made Washington worse,” Mr. Castro said. “He has made the polarization worse.”
Mr. Cruz wants Republicans to do whatever they can to stop funding of the Affordable Care Act — an approach that some members of the GOP say would increase the chances of a government shutdown, which is unpopular with voters, and that would be blamed for shuttering the government.
Mr. Castro said that it was “hard to hear” Mr. Cruz say during his talkathon that he was speaking for 26 million Texans because there are millions of people living in the Lone Star State that don’t have health care coverage and will be able to get insurance for the first time under Obamacare.