FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop the 2010 health care law from taking effect, even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government. There is a clear divide forming in the emerging field of potential 2016 presidential candidates, between those say they are making a stand on principle, willing to oppose the law at all costs, and those taking what they call a pragmatic approach, accepting grudgingly the measure as law, and moving forward. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCain adviser on Ted Cruz: McCain ‘f*cking hates Cruz’

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The extent of Arizona Republican Sen. McCain’s distaste for fellow Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is pretty apparent in a new GQ profile of the Texan released Monday.

“He fucking hates Cruz,” one McCain adviser told GQ. “He’s just offended by his style.”

And the feeling is not unreturned.

“I don’t know a conservative who didn’t feel embarrassed voting in 2006 or 2008,” Cruz told GQ, McCain was the GOP candidate for president in 2008. “I think the Republican Party lost its way. We didn’t stand for the principles we’re supposed to believe in.”

McCain made waves earlier this year when he famously referred to Cruz, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, and Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash as “wacko birds” due to their drone-inspired filibuster of CIA Director John Brennan.

Cruz has embraced the “wacko bird” label both in public and in private. According to GQ, the piece of memorabilia Cruz was most excited to show author Jason Zengerle was a baseball hat with a picture of Daffy Duck and the words “WACKO BIRD” on it, given to him from his home-state supporters.

“Isn’t it great?” GQ says Cruz.

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