02/27/2014 01:28 pm ET Updated Feb 27, 2014

Ralph Nader: Ted Cruz Is 'A Train Wreck'

Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as a "train wreck" during an interview on RT's "Politicking with Larry King."

Nader said Cruz is "not achieving anything" in the Senate.

"He’s willing to shut down government, willing to tie up the Senate. He doesn’t seem to be able to have a two-way conversation," Nader said. "I don’t think he’s really all that libertarian. I think he has corporatist tendencies, big-business tendencies, regardless of his rhetoric. But he's not accomplishing much."

Nader also weighed in on the tea party, saying the movement was "hijacked" by "the Republican right."

"Some think tanks here in Washington sorta hijacked it, took the label, and put it on extreme corporatist politicians here in Washington," Nader said. "And I think there’s quite a bit of resentment back home among some of the purer Tea Party people who had more of a Ron Paul libertarian approach."

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