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Friday, March 22, 2019

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz snared his first endorsement from a Senate colleague on Thursday when Senator Mike Lee of Utah backed him for the party’s nomination.

“Ted doesn’t believe you have to settle, Ted doesn’t believe you should settle,” Lee said at a Florida news conference ahead of Thursday’s Republican debate in Miami.

Cruz, who represents Texas, is known for antagonizing senators from his party. In 2013, he spent more than 20 hours speaking on the Senate floor to protest the Affordable Care Act. Lee was among a handful of senators who helped Cruz during the protest.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), official photo.

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4 responses to “Republican Candidate Cruz Snares First Senate Endorsement”

  1. ray says:

    Cruz and Lee what a team not.

  2. Lynda Groom says:

    Not exactly a feather in Cruz’s hat, but you’ve got to start somewhere and why not with the endorsement from one of the oddest in the Senate. Two birds of a feather it appears.

    • Independent1 says:

      Yes, Lee like Cruz does not appear to be an especially nice person: he’s he senator that has put a hold on federal funding for fixing the Flint water problem:

      From The Detroit Free Press – freep.com:

      WASHINGTON — A Republican U.S. senator from Utah is holding up a federal funding package worth more than $100 million which could help address the issue of high lead levels found in Flint’s water, saying in a statement on Friday that no federal aid is needed at this time.

      U.S. Sen. Mike Lee’s statement, which indicated his belief that the measure proposed by U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., represented a “federalizing” of water infrastructure, objected to the bill, arguing the state has not directly asked Congress for any emergency spending and has its own surplus to spend if it needs money.WASHINGTON — A Republican U.S. senator from Utah is holding up a federal funding package worth more than $100 million which could help address the issue of high lead levels found in Flint’s water, saying in a statement on Friday that no federal aid is needed at this time.

      http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/03/04/utah-senator-delays-flint-funding-s-grandstanding/81338736/

  3. FireBaron says:

    As a reminder, Lee initially tried running against Orrin Hatch in a primary. When that failed, he went for the seat held by Bob Bennett. In both cases he tried to paint them as too liberal for Utah. Lee is someone who almost makes Ted Cruz look and sound pleasant.

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