Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he was “very optimistic” Republicans will win the six seats they need to take control of the Senate after this year’s midterm elections.

“We’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said while speaking at the Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank meeting in New Orleans on Friday.

He said the “most important protector Barack Obama has is Harry Reid because” he “prevents any hearings, any oversight from the Senate.” He added, “Harry Reid shuts down the Senate because he wants a do-nothing Senate,” and he has a lot of power to do that.

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