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Cruz believes NH crucial for GOP in coming elections
Ted Cruz addresses the Freedom Summit held at the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester two weeks ago. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader File)
Shaheen, D-N.H., is being challenged by several Republicans, including former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who moved to New Hampshire and recently announced his candidacy. He faces a primary election against former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, former state Sen. Jim Rubens and activist and former gubernatorial candidate Karen Testerman.
Cruz has faced criticism in his home state for his travels to New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary, and other early presidential primary voting states. Early last week, the Associated Press noted that Cruz's visit on Monday to south Texas was just his second since taking office in January 2013. By contrast, in addition to his New Hampshire visits, he has been to Iowa, which hosts the nation's first primary caucus, four times and to South Carolina three times.
"I certainly intend to continue traveling in Texas and traveling across the country making the case that the path we're on isn't working," he said.
But, he said, the Affordable Care Act has "been a disaster" featuring a difficult rollout of its enrollment website, people being forced from full-time to part-time employment and people's health insurance being altered or canceled to comply with the law, despite President Barack Obama's pledge that if people liked their health care plans, they could keep them.
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