(WASHINGTON TIMES) Rep. Joaquin Castro said Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz has made the political polarization in Washington worse since he arrived and that Mr. Cruz’s filibuster showed that he can’t be president.

“I think what became clear this week is that he can’t be president, and the reason is nobody will follow him,” Mr. Castro, Texas Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Even people within his own party won’t follow him. So, in terms of his long-term prospects, it was fairly damaging.”

Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, has been a thorn in the side of both parties since riding into office last year and his 21-hour filibuster this week highlighted the divide within the GOP over the best strategy to defund Obamacare.

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