Ted Cruz poised to make life miserable for Mitch McConnell

by Ashley Killough, CNN  |  published on November 5, 2014

Mitch McConnell could very well become the Senate majority leader after Tuesday’s midterm elections, but don’t count on Ted Cruz to make it an easy transition for the Kentucky Republican.

Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas who’s eying a 2016 presidential bid, all but promised to raise hell next year should his party control the Senate.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Sunday, Cruz refused to pledge his support to McConnell, the current minority leader in the Senate, and outlined what he believes should be the chamber’s priorities.

While Cruz has campaigned for many mainstream Republican candidates this year, his new comments indicate he’s aiming to re-claim the mantle of Republican insurgent, a role that helped define his first year in the Senate in 2013.

The first priority next year, he told the Post, should be a string of hearings on President Barack Obama, “looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration.”

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