Audience laughs at Ted Cruz for saying he "didn't want a shutdown"

Cruz was speaking before a crowd at the Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum

Published November 14, 2013 5:30PM (EST)

  (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaking with Fox News' Chris Wallace in front of a crowd for the Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum, Ted Cruz claimed he "didn't want a shutdown" — a comment that was immediately greeted with laughter.

Wallace asked Cruz if it wasn't true that the shutdown occurred at an inopportune time for the GOP, considering the troubled rollout of Obamacare, and that the party would have been better off without it. Cruz balked at the logic underlying the question, claiming that Wallace's framing "ignores who I think was responsible for the shutdown."

"I didn’t want a shutdown," Cruz continued. "Throughout the whole thing, I said we shouldn’t have a shutdown.”

Responding to laughter in the audience in response, Cruz said, "Now, folks here can disagree, but repeatedly, I voted to keep the government open."

Watch Cruz's conversation with Wallace below, via the Raw Story:

[h/t the Raw Story]

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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