Cruz throws in the towel, proclaims victory

By Jonathan Tilove - American-Statesman Staff

Even as Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell was on the Senate floor announcing Wednesday that a deal had been struck to reopen the federal government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling without touching funding for the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was holding forth for reporters just outside the chamber, conceding defeat — and proclaiming victory.

No, he wouldn’t seek to block the deal. Sure, he didn’t get what he wanted. But to the suggestion that he had put Congress and the nation through the wringer and “you’ve got nothing for it,” Cruz replied, “I disagree with the premise of that.”

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