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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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE has left public office, but that hasn't ended his war of words with GOP presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Ted Cruz says critical race theory is as racist as 'Klansmen in white sheets' Pentagon pulling 'certain forces and capabilities,' including air defenses, from Middle East 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.”