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."
This Cruz fellow I heard skipped the government 101 classes and politics in America classes in college but he was a star student in how to be a bully and a dictator classes.
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Sen Rafael Cruz is beyond deluded. He's made a lot of noise, pandered to the Teaborgs, and is in the limelight. He couldn't even do a real filibuster, having his TeaNut buddies spell him. He is a showboater.. a phony. And the sooner this knee jerk election of TeaNuts is no longer fashionable, he and others like him will be voted out!
Delusional POS terrorist....
This is the guy who ran for office claiming his family were refugee's from Castro's Cuba, when his father , Rafael Castro is on record admitting that he bribed his way into the United States BEFORE Castro;s Cuban Revolution. Guys like this give a bad name to Cuban Americans.. He is just not honest.
Cruz, this crisis is the result of a policy you and others have pursued quite deliberately for months. Do not pretend otherwise.
Cruz is so separated from reality it's ridiculous. Shutting down the government to oppose a piece of legislation which was upheld by the Supreme Court and supported by the American people via the re-election of the President is unprecedented in American history. All of the GOP opposition to Obamacare is based on talking points – most of which are blatantly false.
Cruz and the GOP OWN the shutdown, and all of their attempts to blame that shutdown on the White House are pure nonsense.
make no mistake, Ted is trying to overthrough the government and replace it with him as king and head of a theocracy. this man has no interest in democratic principles :(
So it is a "damn game" after all. Too bad the cowardly Cruz doesn't shut down their most hated SS and medicare. These are programs they've been after forever. But the tea party exist on these programs and he wouldn't want to upset them. Cruz should go back to Canada and fight socialized medicine.
It is readily apparent that CRUZ thnks this entire shutdown of the Gov is a game, since he stated and I quote "We (republicans) are gonna WIN" unquote, the only people losing here are the American Public who could care less who wins or looses this guy is completely consumed by a win or lose and it isn't about that at all. He apparently has lost sight of the fact that Ameica is loosing and i would suggest (as has been stated often lately) We the people don't give a damn who wins and looses in Congress and I would add the Repbulicans are the real issue especially those affiliated with the TEA Party,
"The fact we are here today talking about raising the debt limit is a sign of leadership failure." Said Obama. "I will halve the deficit." Said Obama. "I will give us politicians waivers." Said Obama. "I will not talk with lobbyists." Said Obama. "I will manipulate the American people." Said Obama.
For all of the GOP fans. I understand, your team isn't in control now, however, you don't get to hold your breath until you get your way after losing. What would your reaction be if 10 years ago or 10 years in the future the other side took a stand saying that nothing you want will pass and no opportunity will be offered to vote on a measure that will improve the lives of a significant portion of the country because it doesn't have a majority of the opposition support?
This is not how democracy is supposed to work.
no wonder latinos don't get anywhere. we make a few strides then a total idiot like cruz get in there and make us a laughing stock >
Pure unadulterated arrogance, equalled only by the sociopathic criminal who blames the victim they just shot, "he made me shoot him, it's his fault, not mine". Cruz thinks destroying the economy in the name of power politics is a good thing.
Not only does Ted Cruz look like Joseph McCarthy, but he also shares his politics! Too many people in the 1950s fell for McCarthy's scare tactics, I hope that we've all learned that lesson and tell Cruz to go to hell!
The sad, pathetic marionette is wrong once again.
Any body that believe Ted Cruz Is has dumb has he Is. John Boehner say yesterday this Is no game ,but this Is the second TEA PARTY Republican that say they are going to win. Sure sound like a game to me, they only problem Is the American people are the ones losing. Ever time the stock market drop so does the money In every body 401k plan ,and that not even counting the people that not working because of the Tea Party crap.Any body say this Is a good thing Is has crazy has they are.
It's a sad thing that ignorance isn't painful to the bearer of it.
Id call him the Joker maybe. Definitely not Batman. LOL
tea party shutdown
I forgot to add – this guy (CRUZ) is just looking for press time he is delusional and has visions of grandeur thinking he could be President – when he can't govern the podium he's
standing in front of.
The tea baggers sign a public pledge 9 weks agoto shut down the government.
The tea baggers threaten DAILY for two months to shut down the government.
The tea baggers finally act and shut down the government.
It gets unpopular and instantly the tea baggers try and blame the shutdown on Obama.
This tells you all you will ever need to know about the tea bagger movement, Pathological liars and, when it comes down to it, cowards.
cruz is a looser no matter the outcome of this bad idea for the American populations and the gop
Now, if you and everybody else could stop blaming, spinning, and posing for press conferences and do your work, there would be no losers, who, right now, are only the American people. Trust me, congress, we do not care who you think is responsible, we care that you do your job and pass a budget. Your comments are the precise reason that 89% of Americans disapprove of the job your are doing. None of you seem to get that...Regular Americans that you claim to support would be fired for failing our jobs like you are doing.
Texas should secede from the union and take nut cases Cruz and Perry with it.
My preference is to run Cruz out of this country on a rail, tarred and feathered.
Screw you Senator. While you're gleefully predicting a "win", everyone else loses. You should be fired for this.