Sen. Mike Lee – Robin to Ted Cruz’s Batman

Sen. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are such kindred spirits they’ve often been described as “Batman and Robin.”

Yahoo’s “The Fine Print” sat down with Lee during a visit to Iowa to talk about his relationship with Cruz and his time in the Senate.

“I told him, ‘If you do decide to run, I’ll of course have to endorse you, because I think you and I are, politically speaking, kindred spirits, and I’d love to have you as a colleague,’” Lee recalled from his first meeting with Cruz in 2010, when the Texan was considering a run for the Senate.

The Tea Party duo stood side-by-side this fall in pushing a hard-line stance against the president’s health care law that resulted in the government shutdown, and infuriated many of their Republican colleagues along the way.

Lee confirmed that he and Cruz have come under attack from the Republican establishment in recent months but said there were “legitimate differences of opinion” within the party that “need to be expressed.”

“The differences themselves are needed,” Lee said. “You don’t get to be $17 trillion in debt without a lot of people agreeing.”

You can see the video here.