Cruz promises Republican victory in shutdown fight
October 5th, 2013
11:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Cruz promises Republican victory in shutdown fight

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.

Watch CNN's "State of the Union" for an exclusive interview with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz at 9 a.m. and noon ET.

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."

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soundoff (1,025 Responses)
  1. Tore Boerresen, Denmark

    Mr Cruz is New in the Senate, nevertheless, he is about to crucify his own country, to downgrade the United States in the eyes of the world. He must surely fast be approaching the level of HIGH TREASON. Who pays this guy ? Who is he working for ?

    October 6, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Abraham J. Seminario

    Obama care is a law. There is nothing to talk about our's presidents have nothing to say to those idiots. Just fire every single member of Congress, with no money, no NOTHING. Tea Party terrorists !!!. We are with you Ms. President. We the people love you. Don't give in. Fire them all.

    October 6, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. DKing5454

    The government is supposed to collect our paid-taxes, and distribute the monies in the best interest of the American people and America. If this mandate is held true, then the only task before both the Executive branch and Legislative branch is to decide where this is best served. Elected by the People to serve the People, there is NO scenario in that process that leads to confrontation – if there is contention, then "agree to disagree" and table the issue, and redress it at a later date !!! There are too many issues to address to be fixated on just one... basic issues that keep families safe and productive, and contributing to our society. When you get it straight in your feeble-minds that you were elected to serve, and that, being no better [after all your "trappings" are stripped away] than any other person on this planet, you don't have the right to dictate ANYTHING, you will do what you agreed to do when you took the Oath of Office... focus your actions toward others and the confidence that got you elected in the first place.

    Ted Cruz, John Boehner, et al... "Soon, it will be YOUR time !" [Wolfgar]

    October 6, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Lee Morgan

    Watching Candy talk with Ted Cruise she must have forgot Dems asked 18 times to negotiate the budget from April on. Guess she also forgot to ask why some fed. workers are winners and others losers in being returned to work. Its like watching Fox News lite.

    October 6, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Lily

    I can't wait to see the end of this whole fiasco. What I know this turtle from Canada,Ted Cruz will tell his fellow baggers: "I have tried. You have all witnessed that I went as far as shutting the goverment down BUT still abolishing Obamacare didn't work. Now its upon you my dear teabaggers to make it work". What en empty coconut head Cruz has!

    October 6, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Joe The Plumber

    Nope. Only victory is Democratic controlled house in 2014.

    October 6, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. LoL

    I find it funny Cruz is born in Canada!

    October 6, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Jack Neil

    Cruz is "owned" by special interest groups which funded his election campaign.

    He is neither Republican nor Tea Party. He has one mission. Terrorize the United States Political system at all costs.

    This is not about Politics with him.

    He is public enemy #1 and a threat to our country.

    Take him out !

    October 6, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    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.

    No solutions. Nothing. Just an angry mob trying to overturn the government and the LAW right Cruz? These maniacs are just that maniacs, infiltrating our government with nonsense and causing our economy to decline with no reasonable solutions. We MUST do away with all of them next year and return sanity to this country.

    October 6, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Justaquestion

    If things were reversed (R president and Senate and D House) what would happen if the democrats held the government hostage to ban assault rifles? Could they do this?

    October 6, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Abe Rodriguez

    Cuban Ted Cruz has done what Fidel Castro could only hope to accomplish, that is to shut down the US government, and inflict damage to Americans. Atta boy Rafael Cruz.

    October 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Name

    Cruz for president! Anyone blindly in love with this current freedom grabbing administration should move to Cuba and live under the government you deserve

    October 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. jeff

    Cruz is an expert at twisting the truth but we aren't the shallow voter's of the past. The majority of the public see the ideological view that poisons our less fortunate thinkers.

    October 6, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. NameTA

    CRUZ 2016

    October 6, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. ICCOI

    Distract Deflect Deny=Ted Cruz

    October 6, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Ron L

    Just think.. a Canadian born Senator has succeeded in shutting down the American government...ironic isn't it????

    October 6, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    @Justaquestion–Answer–The Democrats would not do this. The last time it was done was during the Clinton administration. Any more questions about which party puts politics ahead of country. I heard Cruz today also, might as well have been reading the phone book.

    October 6, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Jill-IN

    The question is "victory" for whom? Ted Cruz?

    October 6, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. John

    You Cruz, you lose................

    October 6, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. 4Truth

    When you people say things like Cruz is going to wreck the country and so on it displays your ignorance of how government was designed to work, and how it has in fact worked throughout history. You are sheep listening to the democrat and old media machine trying to scare you into giving obama a blank check. Don't be fools.

    October 6, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. seriously_not

    Victory, OMG, What An Embarrassment, This Isn't A Win or Lose, DA.

    October 6, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Anti-terrorist

    The Tea Party acts like a Islamist terrorist organisation, burns the house down if they don't get their way. No President can negotiate with terrorists, regardless of the topic at hand, for to do so would legitimize their zero-sum-game tactics. The Tea Party is tearing the GOP apart, Ronald Reagan is one of my heroes, but there is just no way I can associate with such a selfish, bigoted and hateful group of people. I also own assets I want to protect, but I am a citizen first, with empathy for my fellow man and respect for the law. Cruz is an embarrassment to the GOP.

    October 6, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Can't someone stop that lunatic before he destroys the world economy .....please place him in a straight jack and cart him away......and while your at it take his friends with him he likes an audience....

    October 6, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. CurseOfCruz

    He is a Canadian living in Texas and spewing lies. The USA, Texas and Canada are being misrepresented.

    October 6, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Cruz is an economic terrorist plain and simple and needs to be treated as such.

    October 6, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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