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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act. AP photo Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act. AP photo
WASHINGTON (News Sentinel) -

When it comes to undoing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reforms, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander prefers the go-slow approach of Sam Houston over the go-for-broke strategy of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Just a few hours after Cruz ended his nearly 22-hour talkathon vigil to force Congress to either defund Obamacare or shut down the government, Alexander himself went to the Senate floor on Wednesday and said shutting down the government is not the solution.

Alexander, a Maryville Republican, recalled that Tennesseans Davy Crockett and Sam Houston both fought in the Texas Revolution. But while Crockett bravely marched into the Alamo and died, Houston withdrew until he got the additional forces that eventually enabled him to defeat the Mexicans and win the war.

"The moral of the story is sometimes, in a long battle, patience is a valuable tactic," Alexander said. "That's why I'm in Sam Houston's camp on this one. I'm not in the shut-down-the-government camp. I'm in the take-over-the-government camp."

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