Rick Santorum: Cruz shutdown did more harm than good

Former Pennsylvania Senator turned conservative movie studio mogul Rick Santorum (R) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) did more to hurt the conservative cause than to support it with his government shutdown scheme.


Cruz, he said, is what happens when the Republican Party lacks leadership, allowing showboating opportunists to direct the media narrative.

"Unlike the Democratic Party, which has a leader, it has the president," Santorum said, "there isn't a leader in the Republican Party right now. That's part of the problem, that's part of the mess and the confusion."

"But that's always the way it is with a party out of power," he said. "You have lots of different faces."

Host David Gregory asked if Santorum feels that Cruz is doing more harm than good.

"I would say that in the end, he did more harm," Santorum said. "I think it was not his objective. I think his objective was a laudable one. I think he didn't do a very good job in planning it out."

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