Top Dem senator: Warren is not like Cruz

Greg Nash

It’s a false equivalence to say that liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is doing to the Democratic party what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party favorite, is doing to Republicans, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.

“I think comparing the two wings of the party is like night and day,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, unsuccessfully rallied House Democrats to vote down the 1,600-page omnibus spending bill because it contained provisions easing Wall Street reforms and campaign finance laws.

Meanwhile, Cruz, a Texas Republican, used a procedural tactic to stall the government-funding package in the Senate this weekend, a move which drew public criticism from colleagues in both parties. The spending bill eventually cleared the Senate late Saturday night.

Schumer, who heads Senate Democrats’ communications operation, said the difference between liberals like Warren and more moderate Democrats is minor compared with the “huge chasm” between the Cruz’s wing of the GOP and Republican leaders.

“When it comes to minimum wage, equal pay, infrastructure, the Democratic party is unified,” Schumer said.

“I think the soul of the Democratic Party is economic issues, and on economic issues, we are united,” he continued. “And Elizabeth Warren is constructive. She’s not like Ted Cruz, ‘Shut down the government’ or ‘Don’t fund things if I don’t get my way.’ “

“She’s working to move things in her direction and that’s a good thing,” Schumer added.

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