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Boehner calls Cruz attacks on budget deal 'total nonsense'

Boehner calls Cruz attacks on budget deal 'total nonsense'

Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE has left public office, but that hasn't ended his war of words with GOP presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE.

Last week, Cruz, a Texas senator and Tea Party favorite, called Boehner’s sweeping bipartisan budget deal a “golden parachute” for the departing Speaker and “a slap in the face to conservatives.”

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Boehner, an Ohio Republican, responded in kind Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“That’s total nonsense,” Boehner replied, adding that the agreement includes entitlement reforms, more money for national defense and other spending cuts.

The two Republicans have repeatedly tangled in the past, often calling each other names. At a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year, Boehner reportedly called Cruz a “jackass.”