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In New Hampshire, Cruz opts for pragmatism

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Sen. Ted Cruz, who once helped engineer a government shutdown to try to defund Obamacare, is stumping for a House primary candidate who takes a markedly more pragmatic tone on the law.

The Texas Republican will head to New Hampshire this weekend to hold a rally for Marilinda Garcia, who has said repealing the Affordable Care Act is currently unrealistic.

Garcia will face three other Republican candidates in the Sept. 9 primary, which Roll Call describes as "hotly contested."

As with many other Republicans, criticism of the Affordable Care Act is a centerpiece of her campaign. Healthcare is at the top of her campaign site's Issues page, where she states she will "work to dismantle Obamacare."

But Garcia takes a more pragmatic view of what is currently possible, arguing that "repealing the new would no longer be a viable option," according to the New Hampshire Sentinel Source.

Tom Szold, a spokesman for Garcia, said she believes repeal could be viable if Republicans can regain control of the Senate and the White House.

“She’s 100 percent for repealing Obamacare,” he said. “Always has been, alway will be.”

In an endorsement of Garcia in the primary, the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript said there are parts of the president’s signature healthcare law that she wants to preserve.

“She’s lobbying to ‘dismantle’ the Affordable Care Act, but there are some parts that are working, she admits, and she’d love to keep them in place,” wrote the paper.

Szold said those parts are the allowance for people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' insurance plans and the guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions won't be denied coverage, stances many other Republicans hold.

Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, said his immediate priority is taking back the Senate so that Republicans can work to repeal the law.

"Sen. Cruz is proud to support her and looks forward to working with her in Congress to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border and stop President Obama's amnesty," she said.

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Betsy Woodruff

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The Washington Examiner

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