Santorum on Cruz: ‘In the End, He Did More Harm’

By Michael W. Chapman | October 28, 2013 | 11:59am EDT

Former senator and GOP presidential candidate, Rick Santorum. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Conservative Rick Santorum, who served two terms as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and was a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, criticized fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), saying his approach to defunding Obamacare “did more harm” than good, adding that Cruz did not have a plan to reach his goal.

On NBC’s Meet the Press, Oct. 27, host David Gregory asked Sen. Santorum whether Cruz is the face of the conservative movement today and did he think Cruz was doing more good than harm.

Santorum said, “You know, look, I would say that in the end he did more harm. I think it was not his objective. I think his objective [defunding Obamacare] was a laudable one. I think he didn`t do a very good job in pointing it out. It`s one thing to have a goal and another thing to have a plan to get you to that goal. And he didn`t –”

As for Cruz being the face of the conservative movement in America right now, Santorum said, “I think he is a face. I think there isn`t any, unlike the Democratic Party which has a leader and has a president, there isn`t a leader in the Republican Party right now. That`s part of the problem. That`s part of the mess and the confusion.”

“But that`s always the way it is with a party out of power,” said Santorum.  “You have lots of different faces. And those faces, as we`ve seen, they come and they go.”

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