What did it actually cost the american taxpayer? By one estimate, $24 billion. So what are the hardliners inside the republican party saying tonight? Members of the tea party, would they put americans... See More
What did it actually cost the american taxpayer? By one estimate, $24 billion. So what are the hardliners inside the republican party saying tonight? Members of the tea party, would they put americans through this kind of crisis again? Jeff zeleny tracks them down to find out. Reporter: Listening to senator ted cruz today, you would think he had won the war. We saw the house of represents take a courageous stand, listening to the american people. That was a remarkable victory, to see the house engage in a profile in courage. Cruz, the pie'd piper of congress's tea party contingent has no regrets about the government of the united states coming to a screeching halt, in an attempt to kill the president's health care law. This fight, this debate, will continue until collectively the american people can make d.C. Listen. Reporter: A risky move. 74% of americans disapprove of how republicans handled the shutdown. Cruz's own hometown paper, the houston chronicle, which ENDORSED HIM LAST YEARs AS A Thoughtful shooting star, today denounced him. We look bad and it's because of ted cruz and which is supporters. Reporter: But not tea party members, those we spoke to today, said it was all worth it. If you had to do it over again, would you take the same approach? This was the right approach to take. But you didn't win? It's not about winning. Were we on the right path? So if this fight was about obama care, the republicans lost. In just three short months, they could do it all over again. We heard the spinning toward a victory, co-anchor of "good morning america" and "this week" is here with the bottom line. Was there a victory for the republicans in this? No. Everyone was tarnished by this, but the president clearly won on the principle of not negotiating over the debt limit. And as jeff zeleny pointed out, the republicans took the brunt of the blame right now for this. But everyone took a hit. And what about this three to four-month deadline before the deal ends? The president said he didn't think the republican would run this play again in three to four months, do you? Listen to ted cruz, they're going to come back and fight. But there is reason to believe we won't have another fight over the debt limit. The president proved to fight over that is futile. Number two, the republicans took a big hit. And three, something inside the deal makes it more likely this won't happen again. They constructed it so that it will force negotiations before that point. At least there's a chance there could be a deal then before the debt limit hits. And that would go on. So you think, unless memories are very short, this might not happen again. I think there's a chance. All right. Thank you, george stephanopoulos.
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