Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus defended Sen. Ted Cruz Thursday morning after Mr. Cruz said Wednesday he doesn’t trust either the GOP or Democrats on the issues of spending and the debt ceiling.
“I think he’s representing a voice out there of people that, quite frankly, are tired of everybody,” Mr. Priebus said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s true — I think we all can agree with that, that there are lots of people out there that get tired of politics and tired of Washington, D.C., in general and just [say], ‘Look, I don’t trust anybody.’ I don’t think that’s an unreasonable position.”
Mr. Cruz made the remarks while arguing that Democrats should agree not to increase the federal government’s borrowing limit through the budget process before the House and Senate appoint representatives to reconcile the respective chambers’ vastly different documents.
Senate Democrats have tried repeatedly over the past few weeks to initiate the conference. They have been blocked by Republicans who say they first want assurances on taxes and debt.
“Sometimes it is leadership to stand up and say, ‘Listen, people, I don’t think anybody here is doing a job that I feel is appropriate for the United States Senate or the United States Congress,’ ” Mr. Priebus said. “Sometimes the body is dysfunctional, and I think he’s expressing a lot of frustration.”