“It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks, Lech Wałęsa, Martin Luther King,” he told The New York Times. “People with passion that speak up, they’ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.”

The House on Friday passed a bill that would keep the government running through the end of the year but that defunds ObamaCare. The resolution sets up showdown in the Senate that could result in a government shutdown.

Republicans are split over the strategy of tying ObamaCare to the continuing resolution that is needed to keep the government open past Sept. 30.