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Ted Cruz calls for grassroots uprising: ‘Liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified’

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Monday morning, disparaged Washington Republicans for refusing to back a proposal to defund Obamacare.

“What I can tell you is that there are a lot of Republicans in Washington who are scared, they’re scared of being beat up politically,” Cruz said during an interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show.

Cruz pointed out that Repubicans were worried that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and President Obama would “scream at the top of their lungs” about the “evil mean nasty Republicans” were trying to shut down the federal government.

Cruz suggested that Republicans pass a continuing resolution to fund government – but no funding for Obamacare – in order to make the argument that Obama was the one who wanted to shut down the government for Obamacare.

“If we stand together, that’s how we win this fight,” Cruz said, indicating that he only had 63 days for grassroots activists to convince their elected representatives to support the effort.

“Listen, I can’t win this fight,” Cruz said, “Mike Lee can’t win this fight. Marco Rubio can’t win this fight. No politician in Washington can win this fight, because if it’s just going to be arguments in the Senate cloakroom, the votes are against us.”

Cruz called for Americans to rise up against the unpopular law and campaign in favor of the effort.

“The one principal is true,” Cruz added. “I think liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified.”

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