Warren to Cruz: ‘Boo hoo’

April 20, 2016
Elizabeth Warren, the progressive Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts, issued a scathing rebuke to her Republican colleague Ted Cruz for complaining about the sacrifice he was making to run for president.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in Washington last October. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    “Are you kidding me?” asked Warren in a Facebook post Tuesday night as the Texas senator was losing the New York primary. “We’re supposed to pity him because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! I’ve got two words for you, Ted: Boo hoo.”

Ted Cruz at a Pennsylvania campaign kickoff event held on New York presidential primary night. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

    Warren posted a copy of a fundraising email sent by the Cruz campaign that said running for president was a “significant sacrifice” and listed constant attacks, no time with family, limited health and sleep and no personal time.
    “Know whose health is limited?” wrote Warren. “Workers with no paid leave who can’t stay at home when they fall ill or have to care for sick kids. Know whose sleep is limited? Working parents who do everything they can to save money but stay up at night worrying about how do get their kids through college without getting crushed by debt. Know who gets no personal time? People who work two minimum wage jobs to support their families. Know who gets no family time? Moms with unfair schedules who drop their kids off at daycare and drive halfway across town only to find their work hours have been cancelled.”
    In what was for her an unusual outburst on social media, Warren attacked Cruz for opposing mandatory paid family and medical leave and voting against student loan refinancing, pointing out he does not believe in a minimum wage.
    Cruz, who is running second to Donald Trump in the Republican White House race, is viewed by a number of his U.S. Senate colleagues as a polarizing figure known for propelling a federal government shutdown in 2013 in an attempt to derail President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation.
     “Maybe you should spend less time complaining about your “significant sacrifices” — and more time trying to do something about theirs,” Warren chided.  
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