Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended Texas Sen. Ted Cruz after House Speaker John Boehner called Cruz a “jackass,” arguing “it’s just wrong.”
Walker, appearing on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” Friday, said that the rhetoric Boehner used doesn’t help “at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightly so are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington.”
Hugh Hewitt: House Speaker John Boehner, who Wednesday at a fundraiser here in Colorado — I’m here in Colorado, at Colorado Christian University — he called Sen. Cruz a “jackass.” Now I know you are competing against the senator, but he is a friend of mine, and he is one of the great constitutional litigators of our time. What do you think of the speaker’s slam on the senator?
Scott Walker: Well, I think it’s just wrong. I’m in South Carolina today; I was here at the beginning of the week. Sen. Cruz and I and Ben Carson spoke to Rep. Duncan’s event, and even though I don’t know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I’ve grown to like and admire him quite a bit on the campaign trail.
Hewitt: Does this rhetoric help at all in the party, when people are slamming each other left and right like this?
Walker: No, it doesn’t at all, particularly at a time when so many Americans, rightly so, are frustrated that we can’t get things done in Washington. That people, I’m frustrated. Although, I think the one thing that is interesting some in the national media think it’s anger, and they talk about some of the candidates, that’s it’s anger. I don’t. I think it is a sense of urgency, that Americans are urgent. There is an urgent sense that they want leaders in Washington to actually follow through with campaign promises they made on the campaign trail. That’s why there is a growing frustration, for example, that they haven’t put a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare once and for all. People say, “Yeah sure in Washington, the president is going to veto it.” But put it on his table. Show the American people that we have what it takes to get it through the House and the Senate. It’s why I put out a week ago our day one patient freedom plan to show, we would introduce a bill on day one and then lift, get rid of the special carve-out that President Obama gave to members of the House, their staff and their families to not have to live under the provisions of Obamacare. You make them live under it, under that I believe they will move on it rather quickly. We need people who are going to support people who do just that.
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