Fox News' Chris Wallace: GOP Sent Me Opposition Research on Ted Cruz

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 06:37 AM

By Matthew Auerbach

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"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace says Republicans are turning against anti-Obamacare crusader Ted Cruz in a big way.

Wallace, saying this past week has been one the "strangest weeks" he’s ever had covering news in Washington, revealed Sunday that top-level Republicans are besieging him with all kinds of information to use against the Texas senator prior to his appearance on the show.

"As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz," Wallace said, addressing Karl Rove, a member of the show's panel.

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"This was a strategy laid out by [Utah Republican Sen.] Mike Lee and Ted Cruz without any consultation with their colleagues," Rove said, referring to pair's well-broadcast efforts to defund Obamacare.

"With all due respect to my junior senator from Texas, I suspect this is the first time the end game was described to any Republican senator. They had to tune in to listen to you to find out what Ted's next step was in the strategy."

Rove stated that Lee and Cruz chose a wrong road when they bypassed the inclusion of their fellow House Republicans.

"You cannot build a congressional majority, in either party, for any kind of action, unless you are treating your colleagues with some certain amount of respect, and saying, 'Hey, what do you think of my idea?'" Rove said.

"Instead they have dictated to their colleagues through the media and through public statements, and not consulted them about this strategy at all."

Here's the clip from Fox News:








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