Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sen. Ted Cruz

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly dismissed the more confrontational strategy to prevent a government shutdown adopted by freshman tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “I don’t think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare,” McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor.