Cruz: 'Laughed Out Loud' at Tea Party Senator on 'House of Cards'

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 05:13 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Sen. Ted Cruz said he "laughed out loud" at the depiction of a tea party senator in the popular Netflix series "House of Cards."

"I think it is a straw man, but it’s Hollywood’s portrayal of what a tea party senator would be like," the Texas Republican said Wednesday on "The Michael Berry Show."

"I have to admit I laughed out loud when I saw that," he said.

In the second season of the series, the fictional Sen. Curtis Haas appears to be patterned after tea party hero Cruz – fighting with his party’s leader, showing he isn’t afraid to shut down the government and comfortable with his reputation as a lawmaker the establishment hates.

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But the fictional lawmaker’s voting record got Cruz riled.

"In the show, the character blocks entitlement reform that would strengthen Social Security and Medicare," he said. "Listen, I campaigned on entitlement reform to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, so the idea I would block that was ludicrous."

"As only Hollywood could, they can’t imagine a conservative who can count to 10," Cruz added.

But Town Hall noted Netflix got it right on another detail that makes the fictional lawmaker seem a lot like Cruz.

Haas is referred to as a "tea party bullhorn," Town Hall reported, and Time, in an article earlier this month, wrote Cruz’s "tea party megaphone gives him national reach and fundraising firepower."

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