(Washington Times) Sen. Ted Cruz said Republicans came out on the short end of the “fiscal cliff” fight because President Obama had a stronger position — but the new Texas lawmaker expects a different outcome in the upcoming debt-ceiling negotiations.

“Whoever owns the default — whoever wins if nothing is done — is in the strongest position. And Obama was in the strongest position” in the fiscal cliff showdown, Mr. Cruz told Fox’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

“With respect to the debt ceiling, we (fiscal conservatives) have the default. If fiscal conservatives stand together, we can force substantial reforms.”

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