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Ted Cruz 'stands for everything America doesn't,' says Harry Reid

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Sen. Ted Cruz Wednesday night during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, admitted that Cruz raised a lot of money and earned a lot of support from Republican conservatives during the government shutdown battle, but suggested that the freshman senator from Texas would cripple the Republican Party.

"If I didn't care so much about the country, I would hope he got the Republican nomination for president, because that would mean the end of the Republican Party," Reid said. "He stands for everything America doesn't."

Reid said that the Republican Party was "staggering," claiming that it had offended African-Americans, Asians, the LGBT community, women, and the poor.

"I don't know who they can expect to have a vote for them," he added. "I don't see it."

Maddow also asked Reid to react to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who recently used salty language to criticize Reid's leadership in the Senate.

"I don't know," Reid replied. "I'm sure he didn't mean it."

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