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Cruz's demand on debt limit vote creates political headaches for GOP leaders
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:07 PM EST
Sen. Ted Cruz sat with eyes glued to his mobile device as the chaos he provoked ensnared his Republican leaders on the Senate floor.
After what seemed like an eternity, a grim-faced Sen. Mitch McConnell finally voted yes. The Senate's Republican leader faces a tea party challenge back home.
An equally grim-faced Sen. John Cornyn changed his vote to yes.
Cruz showed no mercy in exposing Republican leaders to widespread criticism from their primary challengers on the debt limit after their pronouncements about the imperative of spending cuts.