(CNN) - Ted Cruz of Texas, who won his state's GOP Senate nomination this week in a major upset, said Sunday that he's willing to work with anyone in Washington - or outer space, for that matter.
"I am perfectly happy to compromise and work with anybody, Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, I'll work with Martians, if - and the "if" is critical - they are willing to cut spending and reduce the debt," Cruz said on "Fox News Sunday."
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A tea party favorite, Cruz ran a successful conservative grass-roots campaign against establishment-friendly Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state's runoff this summer.
Cruz trumpeted himself as a reformer, someone who was ready to roll up his sleeves and change Washington. In May, he said of the Senate: "We need to kick in the doors of the club, rip down the shades and auction off the silverware.”
Dewhurst attacked Cruz during the race for not supporting Sen. John Cornyn of Texas early in the year when he was up for a Senate leadership position. Cruz maintained he did not feel comfortable making a decision until he was elected, but critics painted it as an attempt not to be aligned with an incumbent.
Asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace if that kind of language would only lead to more "gridlock" in Congress, he asserted his take on the word "compromise."
"Well, my view on compromise is exactly the same as Ronald Reagan's. President Reagan said, what do you do if they offer you half a loaf? Answer: You take it, and then you come back for more," Cruz said.
His victory this week marked the latest in a series of conservative underdogs winning Senate Republican primaries this year. Among those was state treasurer Richard Mourdock, who defeated longtime incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana in a campaign known for Mourdock's vow not to compromise should he be elected.
In Texas, Cruz beat Dewhurst by 14 percentage points, according to unofficial results on the secretary of state’s website. While Cruz will go on to face the Democratic nominee in the general election, political handicappers rate the Senate seat as safe for Republicans.
nothing to see here folks, just another right winged lunatic that think they should get 100 percent of what they want, hey noticed he didnt say nothing about taxes and that is the major thing out right now.
"I am perfectly happy to compromise ..." he said. Yeh sure, as long as you get only what you want. In a word, Tea/Repubs are un-American.
that is very good to hear, although I think there are many in the Tea Party that really don't want to hear the "c-word" which of course is compromise.
He'll work with anyone – anyone willing to do it his way. In other words, he promises to be another cry-baby obstructionist who can't play well with others.
A strange statement coming from Cruz.....he bashed Dewhurst for compromising with Democrats during the campaign. I voted for Dewhurst because we already have TOO MANY attorneys in Washington.
I don't want to live on this planet anymore, and now apparently Mars isn't even safe
But I thought tea party folks didn't believe in working with illegal aliens ...
He can work with martians, because they are non existent, but have him work with democrats, forget it. Have you noticed the right wingnut bloggers are becoming harder to understand? Shipping republican blogger jobs overseas was not a good republican idea.
The newest member of the bat crap crazy crowd is willing to work with imaginary creatures that exist only in his mind.
He might work with Martians or the people from Kolob (RMoney's heavenly planet), but he did NOT say he will work with democrats. That's the difference. Palin would not have endorsed him if he was a compromiser. He will lie to get the job, and then sign Norquist's pledge, and listen to Kochs and Karl Rove.
He probably should have said kolobians or whatever that planet Romneys people came from.
That's great! He's willing to compromise and work with anyone that will do everything he says!
Socialists, terrorist and Martians oh my...Welcome to the New and Improved Republican party...Fear mongering Gold medalists
And are kolobians registered to vote?
He's all talk and all nuts.
Cruz has repeatly stated he plans no compromise with Democrats in the Senate. The Tea Party disease is spreading to the Senate – already rendered useless by Republicans filibustering every issue. Americans need to throw these domestic terrorists out now! They want our government to fail and believe we can function in the World arena without a robust federal capability. He plans to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. He wants no environmental protection, no regulations on banks, no educational programs, and no rebuilding of our national infrastructure. Make no mistake – Texas is a one-party state and this radical will get elected. It's not too late in places where Americans still believe in our Country.
How funny of cruz. He already works with mutants in his own party so Martians would be welcomed breeze.
now i know why reagan defunded mental health
What's a martian look like?
HE'S A TEA PARTY HACK! He won't work with anyone except his own extreme right wingnuts! I hope the Democratic candidate cleans his clock in November!! Then perhaps we can begin to get rid of the Tea Party nutjobs!
Let's make it clear! Cruz does not represent HISPANICS in Texas. He's just another radical Republican Tea Party member that will lose in November. Millions of Hispanics will come out and vote and change politics in Texas for years to come. The Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro will wake up the sleeping giant with his speech at the democratic convention speech. Obama 2012 Julian Castro 2016
A reasonable purist, or a typical politician? Should I hold my breath?
"if – and the "if" is critical – they are willing to cut spending and reduce the debt"
Dick Cheney said that deficits don't matter when the Republicans were in power and GWB was spending money he didn't have like a drunken sailor. But these guys want to pin it all on Obama.... its almost psychotic? The only way you can't see this truth is because you refuse to.
Martians are a fantasy....Cruz...our Government Politicians have blown enough of our Nation's funds on fantasies,schemes,and robber's dreams....apparently ,you.ll fit right in. Sarah has Martian eyes (just had to toss that in).
If he is wokring with fellow Republicans, he is working with Martians.