Congress Questions Whether Cruz Would Cooperate

March 8, 2016 Updated: March 8, 2016

WASHINGTON—The possibility that Ted Cruz might be in the White House next year has led to questions on Capitol Hill about whether he’d be able to work with his former colleagues in the Senate.

Cruz earned the wrath of his own party—Sen. John McCain of Arizona once called him a “wacko bird”—after an effort to thwart Obama’s health care law led to a 16-day, partial government shutdown in 2013.

Cruz later urged senators to end government funding for Planned Parenthood, a move that could have led to a second shutdown.

South Dakota Sen. John Thune suggested Tuesday a President Cruz would be very different than a Sen. Cruz. Whoever the next president is, Thune said, that person will have to forge a relationship with Congress.

“When you’re one of 100 up here, you can throw some grenades and do some things that you can’t do when you’re president of the United States,” Thune said.