Ralph Nader slams Ted Cruz

The longtime activist and former presidential candidate says Cruz is "a train wreck"

Published February 28, 2014 4:00PM (EST)

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

Appearing on the RT show "Politicking With Larry King," Ralph Nader was his usual unapologetic and scathing self in his estimation of Tea Party darling and Texas junior Sen. Ted Cruz.

In response to King's asking whether Ted Cruz might leave the GOP and run for president as an independent, Ralph Nader summed up the architect of last year's government shutdown thusly: "Well, Ted Cruz, he's a train wreck."

"He’s willing to shut down government," Nader continued, "willing to tie up the Senate. He doesn’t seem to be able to have a two-way conversation."

Nader also questioned Cruz's anti-government bona fides, saying, "I don’t think he’s really all that libertarian. I think he has corporatist tendencies, big-business tendencies, regardless of his rhetoric. But he's not accomplishing much."

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Nader also weighed in on the tea party, saying the movement was "hijacked" by "the Republican right."

"Some think tanks here in Washington sorta hijacked it, took the label, and put it on extreme corporatist politicians here in Washington," Nader said. "And I think there’s quite a bit of resentment back home among some of the purer Tea Party people who had more of a Ron Paul libertarian approach."

You can watch Nader slam Cruz below, via Hulu:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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