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In Iowa speech, Ted Cruz warns Democrats on shutdown

DES MOINES --  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) continued his post-shutdown victory lap Friday night by warning that congressional Democrats will soon face political consequences for a series of votes taken during the recent partial government shutdown.

The comments came at an Iowa Republican Party fundraiser, an event long-scheduled on the senator’s calendar, but held just a few days after he held several rallies with supporters in his home state.

Cruz admitted that Republicans failed to strip apart the new federal health-care law, but insisted that conservatives “accomplished a great deal” because their firm stance during the spending impasse “elevated the national debate of what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans in this country.”

“This bill is called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but it doesn’t provide protection, it’s not affordable and it’s denying care to millions,” Cruz said. “The one word in the title is true is ‘Patient,’ because if you log into the Web site you’ve got to be very patient.”