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Cruz says fiscal fight vital for GOP in '14

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the fiscal battle consuming Congress is the “most important fight for Republicans to win politically in 2014.”

 “You look at the past four elections: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012. Three of the last four, '06, '08 and '12 were disasters for Republicans,” Cruz said Monday night on Fox News's  “The Kelly File.” 

“And they were years in which we just, we stayed quiet; we went along to get along; we didn't stand on principle. The only year that was good for Republicans was 2010, when we painted in bold colors, not in pale pastels. We stood for principle.”

The freshman Tea Party member has certainly not stayed quiet since he was sworn into the new Congress in January. He’s credited with convincing GOP House members to include attacks on ObamaCare in government spending measures and rejecting a clean continuing resolution, or CR. 

“What’s it like to be the most hated man in America?” host Megyn Kelly asked Cruz. 

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“I think there have been more than a few Democrats who were throwing rocks in my direction,” he replied. “And to quote the bard, 'Methinks she doth protest too much.' They are throwing every insult they can. But the reality is, most Americans don't care about politicians bickering.

Cruz recently delivered a speech on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours, attacking the new healthcare law and arguing Washington isn’t listening to Americans. 

President Obama has subtly criticized Cruz for his tactics, saying when he was a freshman senator, he kept a low profile and didn’t go around shutting down the government. 

Obama has employed the same strategy in the White House lately, Cruz said. 

“The president has kept such a low profile, he has been AWOL," Cruz said. ”He has not been part of the negotiations. He's been refusing to even talk to Congress. He finally invited Congressional leaders to the White House, and he sat down with them and said, you are here because I want to tell you I'm not going to negotiate. I mean that's not reasonable.”