Never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch, tells Boehner, but presidential hopeful Cruz counters: I dont even know the man
John Boehner, the former House speaker, has called presidential nominee Ted Cruz Lucifer in the flesh in remarks that uncover the depth of discontent within the Republican party.
Speaking at a town hall-style event for students at Stanford University in California on Wednesday, Boehner called front-runner Donald Trump his texting buddy, but offered a more graphic reaction when asked about the Texas senator.
Lucifer in the flesh, the former speaker said. I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.
His commentaries were first reported by Stanfords student newspaper.
Cruz, campaigning in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Thursday ahead of the states 3 May primary, responded by saying Boehner was letting his inner Trump come out.
John Boehner in his remarks described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy, Cruz said. So if you want someone thats a texting and golfing buddy, if youre happy with John Boehner as speaker of the House and you want a chairman like John Boehner, Donald Trump is your man.
Both Cruz and Carly Fiorina, who was campaigning with him after he named her as his running mate, also referred to Boehners commentaries during the rally.
In 2013, Cruz joined forces-out with tea party conservatives in the House in triggering a partial, 16 -day government shutdown over demands to undo Barack Obamas healthcare law. There was no chance Obama would agree to such a step, and Republican leaders like Boehner saw the move as a fruitless attempt that only hurt the GOP politically.
Two years later, it was the same House conservatives who challenged Boehners leadership, and the speaker decided to step down rather than let a very public fight.
Boehners successor, Paul Ryan, said at his weekly news conference on Thursday: My chore to assist them unify our party. I have a very good relationship with both of these men, and Im going to keep it that way.
Cruz told reporters on Thursday that he had never worked with Boehner who stepped down as speaker in the fall.
The truth of the matter is I dont know the man, Cruz said. Ive satisfied John Boehner two or three times in my life. If I have said 50 words in my life to John Boehner, I would be surprised. And every one of them has consisted of pleasantries, Good to see you Mr Speaker. Ive never had any substantive conversation with John Boehner in any respect.
Cruz said he was rebuffed by Boehner where reference is asked to meet with him during the government shutdown.
Cruz said Boehners commentaries reflect his frustration with Americans who stand with Republicans who want to hold members of Congress accountable for their campaign have committed themselves to repeal Obamas health care law and pursue other conservative goals.
When John Boehner calls me Lucifer, hes not directing that at me, Cruz said. Hes directing that at you.
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