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Ted Cruz urges House Republicans to stand strong

Senator Ted Cruz spoke during the Values Voter Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Ted Cruz spoke during the Values Voter Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — Hours before he and other Senate Republicans were scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party firebrand from Texas, called upon Republican House members to stand strong in their fight against “Obamacare.”

Federal power has exploded under the Obama administration, Cruz declared at the Value Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, a gathering of social conservatives.

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“None of us knows what is going to happen on this Obamacare fight right now,” Cruz exhorted to wild applause. “In my view the House of Representatives needs to keep doing what it’s doing, which is standing strong!”

Cruz pumped up the crowd from the stage, telling them that they — not him or any other elected official — have the power to stop the health law. “It is because of you that the House of Representatives has been standing strong, because the House has been listening to the people,” he said.

“The nice thing is the left will always, always, always tell you who they fear, and they fear you,” Cruz said. “They fear the American people. The fundamental problem in Washington is Washington is not listening to America.”

He blamed the White House for the impasse as the shutdown entered its 11th day and the government is less than a week from the Oct. 17 deadline to raise its borrowing limit or face a government default.

Tracy Jan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @GlobeTracyJan.
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