10/20/2013 01:25 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2013

Ted Cruz: Some Republicans Trying To 'Inflict Harm On The American People'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered some harsh words for his Republican colleagues not actively trying to gut the Affordable Care Act.

He explained that some Republicans are taking a more passive approach to opposing the health care law-- hoping it doesn't work and then using the failures for political gain.

"I consider that the Bad Samaritan theory," he said. "Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach. I'm not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed."

His comments came from an interview with CNN's Dana Bush that aired on Sunday's episode of 'State Of The Union.'

Cruz said that, though his repeated attempts to defund Obamacare have been futile, he will continue to oppose the law.

On ABC's 'This Week', he told host Jon Karl that he "would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare."

Watch a clip from Cruz's interview with CNN above.

(h/t Mediaite)


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