Rick Santorum dings Ted Cruz for government shutdown

"I would say that in the end he did more harm"

Topics: Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Government shutdown, GOP Civil War, GOP, Republican Party, meet the press, The Huffington Post,

Rick Santorum dings Ted Cruz for government shutdownFormer Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong)

In what could be a very early preview of the GOP’s 2016 presidential primary, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appeared on “Meet the Press” and took a swipe at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the recent government shutdown.

“I would say that in the end he did more harm [than good],” Santorum said, according to the Huffington Post. “I think it was not his objective. I think his objective was a laudable one.”

Santorum initially supported the shutdown gambit, but said on Sunday that Cruz failed to adequately communicate its ultimate goal. “I think he didn’t do a very good job in pointing [it] out,” Santorum said. “It’s one thing to have a goal, and another thing to have a plan to get you to that goal, and he didn’t figure that out.”

Elias Isquith
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.

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