September 24th, 2013
01:43 PM ET
12 months ago

What's Ted Cruz's deal?

Washington (CNN) - Ted Cruz says he wasn't elected to the Senate to stay quiet. And his refusal to observe its protocol and sit back and learn like freshman are expected rubbed some of his more senior colleagues the wrong way.

And while he has angered much of his party over his crusade against President Barack Obama's health care law and the potential government shutdown it could cause, he says he's standing for the same principles that got him elected.

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  1. Tom

    C'mon, the motive here is pretty clear. Cruz is running for the GOP nomination for President in 2016. His only supporters are ultra-right-wing wackos. He's grandstanding to his base without regard to the good of his party, or his country. Just the kind of nut we need in the White House.

    September 24, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Denise

    Another irrelevant tea party leader....

    September 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    Ted Cruz' deal is that he's cut from a similar cloth as Miley Cyrus – doing anything to draw attention to himself no matter who has to suffer. I sincerely hope he runs for President. Whether he becomes the GOP nominee or not (he won't), he will absolutely ensure that the Republican brand leans even farther to the radical right, guaranteeing a Democratic victory and dragging down ticket conservatives down the drain with him. As a Democrat, I LOVE this Guy.

    September 24, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. rs

    Mr. Cruz is today's poster child of what is wrong with the GOP: ready to take down the government (and drive up the debt and deficit doing so) to take out a duly passed law that the Right has lied so long and so often about that they are clueless (intentionally or otherwise) about how it works or who it affects or what it will do. They have their rebuttals, and their talking points- the problem is they are fact-free. Worse, Mr. Cruz becomes the face of Republican hatred for those who need help in our nation: the elderly, the poor, Veterans. This man, and his actions are destroying what is left of the Republican Party- perhaps that is what that particular ship of fools deserves, but if he is successful at shutting down the government (and the economy) the damage he does goes far beyond that of merely totaling the GOP.
    The GOP needs to put this guy back in his box, and end their tantrum, and get back to work-for America and for Americans.

    September 24, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    @ PD Sniffit
    "note to GOP/Teatrolls: "destroy President Darky" is not a "principle.""
    -–

    How DARE you call our half white President Darky!!! You should be flogged.

    September 24, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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