Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, blamed by Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans as a chief architect of the ongoing government shutdown, struck back on Saturday, faulting President Obama and Senate Democrats for the political stalemate.
“Let me be very clear, I don’t think we should be in a shutdown,” Cruz said in a speech to conservatives in the Virginia state capital. “Throughout the course of it, I have said we should not shut down the government. But sadly this is Harry Reid’s and President Obama's shutdown.”
The government shutdown began Tuesday when the president refused to give in to Republican demands that he delay or change the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his first term that began enrolling patients on October 1, in exchange for passing a routine spending bill.
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In the run-up to the shutdown, Cruz - whose profile has risen considerably among conservatives since taking office this year - had lobbied Republicans in the House and Senate not to relent, even as the president was promising not to sign any bill that would alter "Obamacare."
Cruz reminded the audience that House Republicans have passed multiple “narrowly targeted continuing resolutions” to fund parts of the government as negotiations continue, but he criticized Democrats for refusing to pass them.
He said Senate Democrats are “dug in.”
“We are in the midst of a battle,” Cruz said. “Their position is untenable right now.”
Cruz, who spoke without notes for nearly an hour, said Republicans would win the shutdown fight but offered little in the way of concrete solutions.
“How do we win?” he asked. “If you trust the media, if you trust the voices in Washington, if you even trust, god forbid, some of the elected Republicans in Washington, they say we can’t win this fight. The only way to win this fight is the way we won every other fight throughout the history of the republic, which is solutions don’t come from Washington, D.C., they come from the people.”
“Career politicians in both parties have gotten us into this mess,” he said. “But it’s going to be the American people who get us out.”
According to a CBS News poll released this week, 72% of Americans disapprove of the shutdown, and more Americans blame Republicans in Congress than Obama.
But the audience inside a convention center ballroom here was firmly behind Cruz, interrupting his speech frequently with applause.
“It’s about time that someone abandoned the notion that compromise is the best way to win,” said Rev. Mark Morrow, the Williamsburg pastor who introduced Cruz, a freshman senator who was elected in 2012 with tea party backing.
Throughout his remarks, Cruz made clear he cares little for the approval of his colleagues in Washington, Republicans included.
"There are so many elected officials in both parties that desperately crave the adulation of the media and the intelligentsia,” he said.
Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor, attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, spoke earlier in the program, an appearance that had consumed the governor’s race all the week.
Democrats, betting that Cruz’s uncompromising behavior in Washington is toxic to moderate voters in a state whose economic health is tied to the federal government, have been working overtime to portray Cuccinelli as a close ally of Cruz.
His Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe, has accused Cuccinelli of being Robin to Cruz’s Batman, even running a television ad this week saying that “Ted Cruz’s tea party shutdown is hurting Virginia.”
Cuccinelli, whose fortunes depend on turning out conservative base voters on Nov. 5, has been reluctant to criticize his fellow Republicans, including Cruz, over the shutdown.
But his aides have been at pains to put some distance between the Republican candidate and Cruz, noting that his appearance here was not an official campaign event, and that he and Cruz were invited separately to the gala.
Before the event, Cuccinelli and Cruz crossed paths and chatted briefly backstage. A Cuccinelli aide told reporters that Cuccinelli urged Cruz to find a solution to the shutdown.
During his brief remarks, Cuccinelli made no reference to Cruz, and he departed from the convention center soon after leaving the stage.
Cruz, though, lavished praise on Cuccinelli, who was the first state attorney general in the country to sue the federal government over the Affordable Care Act.
"Let me just say for a second how proud I am of my friend Ken Cuccinelli,” Cruz said. “He is smart, he is principled and he is fearless."
So great to see a real man speak without notes instead of reading lies through a teleprompter. We need to get that affirmative action excuse of a President out of office and get our country back on track. And teleprompters should be illegal. People in this country are lazy, lazy, lazy because they look up to a lazy Presisent who recites lines as they scroll by and tries to sound all smart. That con man from Chicago just not a very smart guy at all. Everything has been given to him. That's why they sealed his records in college. He's kinda dumb.
Stop using the term GOP CNN. The name is Republican Party. Someone should sue you to make you stop doing it.
I don't get why people don't want to do what is best for the common good of the people economically and socially....your or moralistic extreme views are personal opinions...run the country doing what's best for people
may karma come back on you in the way you see fit to treat people with a complete lack of dignity and respect
There are so many blind idiots it sickens me to even read all your crap. Cruz may be an idiot but, the one fact remains. The republicans with the americans interest at heart are the ones who deserve your support. Turn on the radio and listen to all the 31 and over Americans who's policies are changing in expense or joining Obama care. Weren't we told our coverage wasn't going to change? Seriously, we are going broke because Obama can't stop spending money, now he wants more. He is bankrupting our country and all his supporters are puppets on their knees. That's right, I said it, you are all bent to the will of an un-American who wants to ruin our nation. I will agree on one fact, as a Soldier of the US, all poloticians should be locked away in a room air lifted onto a ship in the middle of the atlantic and left adrift. And maybe the morons who think Obama isn't the head of the fault here. I can't wait to see the comments in two years when we are 20 trillion in debt. Oh yeah, the number is still rising but we are arguing over a law most of us don't want to begin with and it's deterring our attention away from the defecit. The debt ceiling is next.
Oh, my god. Watching repubtards think. Is like watching the kid who thinkes he is the pied pipper. But no one follows. I figure they think their ideas are priceless. Good luck with that. They realy think americans dont want healthcare?
This man is vile & evil! He's the lying orchestrator of this shutdown along w/Mark Meadows, John Boeher & several other Tea Party anarchists! The "fight" is purely about political oneupmanship, which he's fighting to the tune of $300 mil per day & Americans not being able to put food on their tables! And he's doing this on our behalf!? Please, Cruz don't include us in your power crazed, destructive scheme! Clue: Over 70% of Us want Boehner to proceed w/vote on Bipartisan approved CR, sans Any Changes to the ACA! And raise the debt ceiling as well, while your at it! Stop this gov-jacking asap, this is a harming, hurting, demeaning, insulting way to behave against a country & its citizens! There is no way of winning here, you are deluding yourself! There is only loss, all the way around & all on the backs of the people you're professing to "work" for! That's your legacy, Ted, your creation! It's a worse scandal than Weiner, to put it in perspective for ya!!
CRUZ–Hey Buddy, you'd better shift into overdrive with your great expectations of the outcome of this Gov't. Shutdown. People are beginning to feel the impact of the whole issue.
Using the same logic as Obamacare, why not pass a law mandating home ownership? That way we'd have no more homeless people!
Democrats are just stupid sometimes. Obamacare doesn't solve any problems whatsoever. Unfortunately, it just creates a whole bunch of new ones.
Go ahead and mock me. I don't give a damn what you think.
Listen to Cruz and the GOP, "they did not give into our demands so we shut down the US government". This sounds just like terrorist talk. If the tables were turned, the GOP would be saying, "We do not negotiate with terrorists. The Dems did negotiate with the GOP before the spending bill was put to final vote but the Tea Baggers are trying to stop affordable healthcare because they hate Obama so much. If it was called Regan Care, they would be in love with it.
This article was written by a moron. It doesn't even name the event at which these politicians were speaking.
This political terrorist from the backwards state of texas has lead a coupe against the American people. The same idiots who defunded the government by lowering tax rates now demand ex post facto a decrease in government spending – and a radical level of decrease – to pay for their own misdeeds and then they have the CHUTZPAH to blame democrats for the problem. The temerity is beyond discussion – these idiots are terrorists and we never negotiate with terrorists – we lock them up or we better kill them – it is time to send seal team six in to clean up this mess.
Cruz has done more for the Democrat party than any politician i can recall and i watched eisenhower hand it over to JFK on a b&w tv which had a bigger cabinet than its tube...this guy is a marvel and we need to support his re-election (or deportation) whichever you prefer.
Obama“care” is the intended, categorical ultimate of the liberal/socialist “welfare of humanity” mindset.
“The welfare of humanity is ALWAYS the alibi of tyrants.” …. Albert Camus
This guy is not seeing what is in front of his face. He led his sheep....errr the GOP into a dead end and now they are all stuck.
He is a mess. After he completely trashes the GOP and his own career he will market himself as some kind of expert, go to the resting place of all these failed extremists- Faux News and then have them pay him a butt load of money.
A guy with no principles can go far in this world unfortunately.
don't know where this dude is from but he's not from Earth. The GOP will be blamed for his stupidity..
First, Cruz was elected by the Texicans, arguably one of deepest red of the red States. Careful logical reasoned thought is less a tradition there than self interest,. Right now, Fahd "News " and Rush Limbaugh still hold sway.
In a bizarre twist recently, Cruz made an appearance at First Baptist Church Dallas, a gigantic, sprawling center for the conservative religious elite right, complete with Christian school and creation "science " creating a new generation of non thinking elites and indoctrinated lower class students destined to preserve the existing order.
Pandering is Cruzs specialty and his base is very secure here. Bizarre,
Non thinking, Voter ID, anti gay and women's rights, prowar., NRA Glock in every lunchbox secure. This guys not going away. Hell be more irrelevant as time goes on, but hes not going away.
I am a life long republican.. and I am ASHAMED of these lunatics like Senator Cruz. time to have someone in the GOP stand up to these idiots....
I thought Boehner (supposed leader of the GOP) said "This Is Not A Damn Game"?! Well, either Boehner is no longer the leader, or it is a Game, or, both.
Good man Ted Cruz, fight the good fight- stay focused on morality virtue and whatever knows is right, but few are willing to state publicly. Your bravely- and nobility will be your legacy, your opponents have no morals, no ethics no nothing, but mindless left wing rhetoric and Obama boot licking, regardless of how obscene and indecent he is, because of the simple reason they black that hate whites unconditionally, or white that are afraid to tell the truth- when blacks might not like it. That's what all this is about – nothing else. Plain and simple.
What do you do when company after company drops it's health care for "Nanny" Care? Then when the worker's don't have the money to pay for their health care the government pays for it. That translates to TAXPAYER'S ! Now if the taxes aren't being collected, because less people are working where does the money come from? The Government borrows it. Then the National Debt goes up. So who is out of touch? Not Cruz.
That guy looks like a smarmy evangelical for profit preacher. What a radical.
They couldn't get the voters to vote against Obama....they couldn't get congress to vote against Obamacare....they couldn't get the Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare....so now they will just shut the government down because they can't get their way.
Petty children, plain and simple.
Republicans now want to fund one budget item at a time. This gives them total veto power over every aspect of the government. What they are asking for is a situation where everything ts unfunded unless expressly permitted by the tea party. What else besides the ACA will not receive their permission? Food stamps, EPA, Business regulatory agencies, Federal reserve, Their list will be endless.
I can't say it enough; On behalf of all of Canada, I'd like to thank America for taking this self promoting, self interested, delusional lunatic off our hands. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.