Sen. Ted Cruz and billionaire Donald Trump may be warring for the same White House post, but they’ve nevertheless cast aside politics to push a defund Planned Parenthood strategy, hoping their star-power status will press legislators to add a rider to a bill moving on Capitol Hill that would cut the organization’s finances.
Trump gave his official rubber-stamp to the plan during Monday evening remarks, despite the fact Democrats vowed to oppose any bill containing such rider, Politico reported.
Call it Obamacare redux. This is the same maneuver Cruz tried with Obamacare in 2013; now, the Texas senator is hoping for a more successful outcome.
“[I want to] use very took available to stop funding what appears to be a criminal enterprise,” Cruz said, after the Senate failed to pass a standalone bill defunding Planned Parenthood, Politico said.
This time, he has Trump’s support.
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Trump directly if he would go so far as to shut down the government over the defunding campaign – something that Cruz faced during his opposition to Obamacare funding – and the billionaire’s response was short and to the point: “I would.”
Trump also pointed to Cruz’s senate colleagues as dropping the ball on him with Obamacare.
“If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz,” he said. “If they had stuck together they wold have won that battle. I think you have to in this case [on Planned Parenthood] also, yes.”