GOP Donors Unimpressed with Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Crusade

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 12:38 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's personal crusade against Obamacare, and his 22-hour speech on the Senate floor, are revving up tea party conservatives, but the tactics are falling flat with high-end Republican donors.

According to several unidentified sources, GOP donors are less than impressed with Cruz's last-ditch attempt to derail the president's signature healthcare law using a largely obscure parliamentary tactic. Some believe it's merely a transparent publicity stunt to raise his national profile in advance of a possible bid for the presidency in 2016, Buzzfeed reports.

Donors, according to the news site, appear to be more in line with the Republican leadership's approach to the issue, and take a dim view of the divisiveness Cruz is creating in the party.

"Sure he's revving up the base, but so did Michele Bachmann and Pat Buchanan," one longtime Republican strategist, told Buzzfeed, referring to past presidential candidates whose early promise fell flat.

"If you're serious about running for president… you need the serious money, more than the direct-mail crowd and the small-money donors," the strategist said.

Cruz, however, to date has expressed little interest in or need for pandering to the party's elite or the big-money crowd. As evidence, he was the only prospective 2016 candidate who failed to make an appearance at a Republican National Committee fundraiser this week in Manhattan.

And, having cruised into the Senate by rallying conservative activists to prevail over the establishment candidate, there is no sign Cruz believes he needs a change in strategy, Buzzfeed notes.

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