Rick Santorum dings Ted Cruz for government shutdown

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

By Elias Isquith

Published October 28, 2013 2:10PM (EDT)

  (AP/Jae C. Hong)
(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 former Salon staff writer.

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