In the Crossfire: Sen. Cruz & Sen. Whitehouse
October 10th, 2013
12:35 PM ET
6 months ago

In the Crossfire: Sen. Cruz & Sen. Whitehouse

It's day 10 of the partial government shutdown and a temporary solution may be in sight. But is it the right move, and what about the long term?

President Obama will first talk with Senate Democrats today, followed by a meeting with Republican leadership.

In the Crossfire tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who is among the Democrats meeting with the president, and Senator Ted Cruz, who has been at forefront of the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Do you have any questions for Sens. Cruz and Whitehouse?"

    No, I can't say that I do. But I do give CNN credit for trying to help improve Cruz's image. Nothing spells disaster faster for the GOP than Cruz media coverage.

    October 10, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I wish someone would ask Mr. Cruz about campaign finance laws, Citizens United, and the latest campaign finance case before the SCOTUS. Our Constutiion defines our form of government to be a "republican form of government." That means that all affairs of state are made public.

    The problem with allowing all of the anonymous money to flood into our political system is that "affairs of state" are being decided by a wealthy elite behind closed doors.

    October 10, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    You can ask Cruz all the questions you want, you will still get his self-serving mumbo-jumbo. He obviously thinks
    he is above everybody else when he actually looks and sounds foolish. Frankly, I have had all of this radical
    that I can stomach. Thanks anyway.

    October 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Do you have any questions for Sens. Cruz and Whitehouse?"

    The moderators won't allow them to show up.

    October 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Ted Cruz is not the leader of the Tea Party, or anything else for that matter. The shutdown idea was first pushed by a dingbat freshman rep from NC. When Cruz thought it might catch on in the House, he ran to jump in the front of the line, garnering huge public attention at no risk to himself. He can talk all he wants, because he knows the CR and debt increase will both pass the Senate. In that one respect, he's much like Obama was when he made his anti-debt speech and voted against an increase.

    October 10, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Anonymous
    You can ask Cruz all the questions you want, you will still get his self-serving mumbo-jumbo.
    --------–

    Amen.

    October 10, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. tom l

    @Data
    I will ask you for your expertise on these questions. Correct me if I'm wrong but 7,000,000 hits to the site is just that, 7,000,000 hits. These are not uniques, which is far far different. For instance, I went to the site 3 times which means that I gave it 3 hits but only 1 unique. I'd like to know the number of uniques to hit the site because that is way more relevant. Also, the govt allocated $91,000,000 through the ACA to build the website. I heard, and cannot verify so I don't know it's true, that it cost over $600,000,000 to actually build the site. Even at $91,000,000 that is a ridiculous number to build the site.

    October 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. tom l

    Remember when dems blamed Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting because of the crosshairs on her website and said that was causing all of this violence with that rhetoric?

    I guess now it's ok to use terms like hostage, weapons, terrorists, rebels and the like.

    IOIYOD

    October 10, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Thomas

    I have a question for Mr. Cruz ,
    Did he , his wife , or any of his friends and associates profit financially in anyway by going short on America during the government shutdown ?

    To the best of his knowledge ?

    Seek and you shall find , follow the money !

    October 10, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    He does look line the rat he is except rats are better animals.
    The Canadian terrorist on TV. I'm surprised his Koch handlers allow him to keep talking.
    He has done more harm to their teatard grassroots project than anybody else in the last five years.
    Thief guy can lie better than Judas!

    October 10, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Boomer in Mo

    Cruz gets lots of billionaire $$$. Missouri billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who lived in San Antonio for a long time, sends him lots of money. Old Rex has been trying for years to destroy the K-12 public education system in MO and has spent many of his millions crafting and pushing anti-tax laws in the state and in Kansas.

    October 10, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Ferris

    Ask Senator Cruz if he supports repealing the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act which requires hospitals to provide care regardless of a person's ability to pay. If the law is repealed, people will be denied care. If it's not repealed the cost of that care is passed onto people with insurance. So shouldn't people be required to buy insurance? It's no small matter, the American Hospital Association reports that about 6% of care in US hospitals is uncompensated.

    October 10, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Remember when dems blamed Sarah Palin for the Gabby Giffords shooting because of the crosshairs on her website and said that was causing all of this violence with that rhetoric?

    I guess now it's ok to use terms like hostage, weapons, terrorists, rebels and the like. "

    Newsflash: the shoe fits. Taking something from the entire country that it is entitled to, i.e., a fully funded, functioning gov't and an economy not under the threat of the destruction of the full faith and credit of the nation, and then demanding to be given something (ransom) in order for that something to be returned....that is the very ESSENCE of a hostage situation, something only terrorists engage in. Moreover, the GOP/Teatrolls are doing it because they cannot, through the normal procedures and processes of Congress, get what they want because of the way that the November 2012 elections turned out, so it constitutes their attempt at nullifying the election results, something that only be characterized as an act of rebellion against our country's democratic processes...or we can go with "attempted coup" if you'd like. Would you like that?

    October 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Waste of time talking to Ted Cruz

    October 10, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    So some of you want to muzzle free speech. I have yet to see a Political Ad that caused me to change my vote. But if some of you are so Gullible---------.

    October 10, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. lolo

    The photo of Cruz proves to me without a doubt that he is crazy, racist and a snake.

    October 10, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Winston Smith

    Remember Pearl Harbor. Remember what the republicans did, and are doing come 2014. Never forget what they tried, and how they went about it. It's reprehensible what almost happened.

    October 10, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Rusty Krus

    Transcript from a recent GOP House strategy session...

    Eric "Curly" Cantor... "Hey Larry, let's throw a pie at that pesky Obama, Nyuk, Nyuk"!

    Ted "Larry" Krus... "Nah, let's shut down the government"!

    John "Moe" Boehner..."Hey Porcupine, that's a brilliant idea"!

    October 10, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |