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Cruz: Obamacare stand has bolstered GOP in shutdown standoff

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to members of the media after a vote on the Senate floor September 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has passed a continuing resolution 54-44 to fund the government through November 15 with the exclusion of defunding the Obama care in which the provision was passed in the House. Credit: Getty Images

During a closed-door lunch with his GOP colleagues Wednesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz unveiled polling results suggesting that his efforts to defund Obamacare have actually helped the Republicans in dealing with the ongoing government shutdown, not hurt them.

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The Washington Examiner reports:

The survey’s findings mirrored other national polls: More voters blame the Republicans for the government shutdown than blame President Obama or the Democrats. But Cruz argued, based on the poll, that Republicans are in a much better position than they were during the 1995 shutdown because this impasse is defined by a disagreement over funding for the Affordable Care Act as opposed to a general disagreement over government spending.

That is notable because, during last week’s conservative luncheon, Cruz was harshly criticized for pushing Republicans into a politically risky government shutdown without a strategy to win the standoff, particularly because polls have consistently shown that voters oppose the defund-or-shut down strategy favored by the senator, despite the fact that they disapprove of Obamacare.

For details on the poll, click here.

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