By Russell Berman - 08/25/13 01:49 PM EDT
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean suggested Sunday it would be terrible if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ever became president.
“God help us if he ever becomes anything more than a senator from Texas,” Dean said in comments on CNN.
Dean, who ran for president himself in 2004, said Cruz “doesn’t know anything about healthcare,” and faulted the Tea Party favorite for backing an effort to defund ObamaCare by threatening to not fund the government.
Cruz is seen as a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016 and has quickly built strong support among the conservative grassroots, even as he has at times annoyed even some GOP senators.
Cruz said that despite his views on the healthcare law, his Senate office would help constituents who called seeking assistance with signing up for its programs.
“We have a major constituent service operation that helps anyone deal with the government,” he said.
Cruz said most people calling his office wanted him to fight the law rather than assistance in signing up for it.
“We have not been getting significant calls in that regard,” Cruz said. “We’ve been getting calls from people saying, ‘Please stop ObamaCare. Please stop this train wreck.’ ”