TIME: Cruz talks about Obama, spats with fellow Republicans
August 8th, 2013
10:33 AM ET
12 months ago

TIME: Cruz talks about Obama, spats with fellow Republicans

(TIME) - In seven short months, Ted Cruz has become the most controversial member of the Senate. Perhaps the most combative member of a chamber known for comity, Cruz’s withering criticisms of Washington have made him a champion for the conservative base and a potential pot stirrer in the 2016 GOP nominating contest.

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  1. rs

    "As for freedom in today's America , I beg to differ , welfare states take that away from you"
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    You mean Republican controlled states? The ones with the highest unemployment, lowest wages, most Food Stamp enrollees, the lowest Educational Attainment? Those Welfare states?

    August 8, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. ST

    Raphael Cruz, if you are not stupid you are crazy(excuse me for this language). You are a newcomer to the Senate. How come that you want to drive everyone there? Is that really right thinking? Why don't you take time to consult your fellow republican senators first, who have been there for decades? Do you think you know better than they do? From my point of view, you are there to destroy each and everything. This is not what good people in America want. They want progress with well good thinking senators. It seems you do not fall in that category.

    August 8, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    @David Farrar and Rudy,

    I submit that the whole Constitutional provision is kinda stupid. Let's try amending it to "U.S. Citizen", period. Does it really matter where someone is born, or where their parents were born? If the concern is that Ted Cruz might end up being a shadowy agent for Canada, all I can reply is that you don't have to be a beautiful woman or a beautiful man to commit adultery and you don't have to be born in Canada, Austria, or Mexico to be a traitor to the USA. You can be born right here.

    August 8, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. mjd

    this man is a liar and a poor excuse for a human being. he trashes everyone at will. he is a freshman senator who thinks he is king. a dangerous man if he gets the power he craves.

    August 8, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    All you have to do to put the lie to these sniveling plutocrats in the GOP/Teatrolls is ask them if (or even demand that) they support legislation, or even a Constitutional Amendment, that limits the gross amount of federal aid a state can receive to the aggregate amount of federal taxes its citizenry pays. Just make sure you have popcorn ready for the ensuing red-faced sweaty-browed rationalization circus.

    August 8, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Dems=Socialism

    got to love all the lies socialist liberals post on here..... Facebook only cares about making money.... that means more users... and now if you think that Republicans are the problem then why did the Dems block every push by Bush on immigration reform..... by the way no one forced these immigrants to come here and break the law....Did republicans go to mexico and grab them by the hair and drag them here....... if they have a problem they should blame their parents.... but typical liberals always someone elses problem.... then you libs think you fix it by giving America away... all for the mighty vote.

    August 8, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Steveo

    @rs

    Steveo

    @TEW

    Prez Obama is one of the best and smartest leaders this nation has ever had. The Haters find it hard to accept. GWB is by far the worst we ever had next to Woodrow Wilson and his "Birth of a Nation" endorsement. If not for the obtstrutionist GOP this country would be in far better financial/fiscal position.

    Remember it was the GOP that took us to war over a lie (WMD), it was the GOP that shipped your manufacturing jobs overseas, it was the GOP that eliminated many of the regulations which resulted in the financial collaps, ruined our environment etc. This is why Hillary will win in 2016 and the Dems will take the House in 2014
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    1. You ever hear of NAFTA? That started the export of jobs. You may want read up on who signed it into law
    2. The GOP did NOT do all that by themselves!
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    I have heard of NAFTA_ and was unaware it encouraged or even included China as a place to export jobs to. Meanwhile, the first two items in the original post stand- lies about WMDs, and a horribly botched foreign policy; "Cut taxes and spend"; and financial de-regulation all of which contributed to the financial ruin we faced at the close of the Bush Administration. That Obama has accomplished so much in the face of Republican obstructionism and hatred (remember the Birthers), is almost a miracle.
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    RS, re-read TEW's comments and tell me if China was mentioned, I didn't see it.
    Aren't you glad Dems did not vote to fight and fund the wars? I seem to remember Kerry's dilemma, you know! "I was against it before I was for it", or something like that.

    My point stands The GOP did not do this by themselves!

    As far as "Cut taxes and spend", isn't the "Grand Bargain" al about lowering taxes and increasing "investment (spending)? Like I said the GOP is not doing all this by themselves.

    August 8, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. rs

    "....you don't have to be born in Canada, Austria, or Mexico to be a traitor to the USA. You can be born right here."
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    Indeed. Isn't that what we can say about the TEA Party?

    August 8, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Steveo

    @ST

    Raphael Cruz, if you are not stupid you are crazy(excuse me for this language). You are a newcomer to the Senate. How come that you want to drive everyone there? Is that really right thinking? Why don't you take time to consult your fellow republican senators first, who have been there for decades? Do you think you know better than they do? From my point of view, you are there to destroy each and everything. This is not what good people in America want. They want progress with well good thinking senators. It seems you do not fall in that category.
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    Interesting thought but don't we want and need new blood in the Congress ( I am including newbies on both sides). What do we think the "vets" wil tell the newbies? Answer: THIS IS HOW WE DO IT! If that is the case, no need for newbies at all, if all they are going to do is become "Stepford Wives".

    August 8, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. labman57

    So Mr. Cruz claims that he actually "respects" Obama.

    Hmmm. I would hate to hear what Mr. Cruz has to say about people that he DOESN'T respect.

    Ted "the Ghost of Joseph M" Cruz would be the ideal candidate to represent the twisted priorities and delusional minds of conservative Republicans extremists.
    Now all he has to do is find a way to prevent the other 75% of the electorate from voting in 2016.

    Enter the Republican Party and its quest to undermine the right to vote. To that end, the two most powerful players in the GOP's strategic planning for state and national elections continue to be ... Gerry Mander and Jim Crow II.

    By the way, If a tea party loon shouts into the wind, calling for a government shutdown, and nobody pays attention ...

    August 8, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Dems=Socialism

    RS- he is referring to Detroit, Chicago, CA, NYcity...... Republican run states have very few issues... and would be better off if the inner city Liberal voter would get off his or his butt and get a job.... or stop voting for more liberal politicians that make it easy for them to not get a job....... look at the Demographics before you start pointing the finger..... and let me remind you no one on the right has a problem with immigrants we have a problem with people like you that use immigrates for votes and promises them more than what this country can offer(in the way of free stuff).....

    August 8, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Dems=Socialism

    got to love all the lies socialist liberals post on here..... Facebook only cares about making money.... that means more users... and now if you think that Republicans are the problem then why did the Dems block every push by Bush on immigration reform
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    What lies? What does Facebook have to do with Cruz? BTW, when Bush tried immigration reform it was his fellow Republicans who blocked it, not the Democrats. Anyone who told you differently, either lied to you, or was misinformed.

    August 8, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. just sayin

    rs

    "As for freedom in today's America , I beg to differ , welfare states take that away from you"
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    You mean Republican controlled states? The ones with the highest unemployment, lowest wages, most Food Stamp enrollees, the lowest Educational Attainment? Those Welfare states?
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    how about some facts to back up your lies?

    August 8, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "by giving America away"

    Yeah!!! Everyone knows Amurika is FOR SALE, not free!!!

    August 8, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. just sayin

    rs
    "....you don't have to be born in Canada, Austria, or Mexico to be a traitor to the USA. You can be born right here."
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    Indeed. Isn't that what we can say about the TEA Party?
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    the group that advocates close adherance to our constitution??? sorry, it is the democrats that more closely resemblance traitors as they always support criminals and are generally anti-military. look at obama andhis refusal to enforce the laws of this nation. is that not a violation of his oath of office? look at his power grabs to circumvent congress. unconstitutional. appointing an unconfirmed shadow government in the form of czars? unconstitutional. just too much to list so i'll stop there.

    August 8, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    @ TEW . . . speaking from an Independent point of view, don't count your chickens before they hatch . . . The mid-terms is mostly hinged on the 18 – 40 voting crowd . . . Might be a dem in office in 2016, but you had better watch out, in 2014 . . . and if you think Hillary is going to "just jump in" IF the mid-terms goes to the conservatives, you may have another thing coming. . . A lot of Dems don't want to "Just jump in" especially IF they've got gridlock for the next 4 yrs.

    August 8, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    Dems=Socialism
    got to love all the lies socialist liberals post on here..... Facebook only cares about making money.... that means more users... and now if you think that Republicans are the problem then why did the Dems block every push by Bush on immigration reform
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    What lies? What does Facebook have to do with Cruz? BTW, when Bush tried immigration reform it was his fellow Republicans who blocked it, not the Democrats. Anyone who told you differently, either lied to you, or was misinformed
    --–.

    Unions didn't want it and they control the Democrats. Several Democrats voted against it for that reason and it failed.

    August 8, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Boomer in Mo

    Ted is owned by Rex Sinqufield of Missouri. The MO millionaire gave him so much money last year it violated Texas laws and Teddy had to send some of it back. Whatever Rex wants, which is the aristocracy in charge of everything and no public schools whatsoever, Teddy will try to give him.

    August 8, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    @ rs at 12:21pm . . . you said : """"Mr. Cruz is neither "conservative" (with or without a capital "C"), nor does he represent traditional Republican values. He is an anti-government, anti-American faux radical, bought and paid for by the folks that mass produced the TEA Party""""

    TRUE, but you should have also added : He needs to go back to being a high priced Attorney . . . that guy who they got in jail for the boston marathon thing, he should get on the horn to 'ol Cruz . . . Just Sayin . .

    August 8, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    @just sayin – sorry, it is the democrats that more closely resemblance traitors as they always support criminals and are generally anti-military. look at obama andhis refusal to enforce the laws of this nation.
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    Instead of the usual rant, supporting examples would be nice to have, eh? Exactly which laws are you saying Obama has refused to enforce? Oh, the ones Congress required the IRS to enforce, then the GOP whined about it when they did?

    August 8, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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