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Rove: Cruz’s Marathon Speech ‘An Extraordinary Performance’

Karl Rove, normally a critic of Ted Cruz, complimented the freshman senator’s marathon speech and said he had positioned himself well for 2016.

“I obviously don’t agree with the strategy . . . of trying to defund [Obamacare] as opposed to trying to delay . . . but that was an extraordinary performance,” Rove said during On The Record With Greta Van Susteren last night. “I mean, he was on his feet for almost 24 hours. He was cogent, he was thoughtful, he was funny, he was engaging, he was personal, he was personable.”

“He did himself a lot of good. . . If you’re focused on 2016 as he is, he has given himself a big head start,” Rove said, though he declined to label Cruz the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

Rove took a noticeably softer line on Cruz than he has in recent days. He previously called the defunding strategy “ad hoc” and said Cruz had created it without consulting with his Senate colleagues.

“At every step of the way, it’s sort of been cobbled together on the fly,” Rove said. 


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