October 11th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
6 months ago

Perkins: Cruz is de facto leader of Republican Party

Washington (CNN) – As trench warfare over the government shutdown drags into its eleventh day, a number of Republicans with visible roles in the stalemate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will take a breather from Capitol Hill on Friday to speak at the Values Voter Summit, one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.

Pretty much everyone in official Washington, including President Barack Obama, is taking a beating in public opinion polls over the shutdown. Republicans, however, continue to shoulder most of the blame.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Thanks, Right-Wing Nutcase! We liberals are DELIGHTED to have your guy Cruz as the poster child for Republicans - at 18% popularity nationwide, he suits our purposes quite nicely.

    Hey, Ted, run for President!

    October 11, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Name carl

    Never vote for a Republican never again.

    October 11, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. bob, Restore Democracy

    Tea Party Legislatures should be branded terrorists. They have refused to participate in the democratic process. They are using blackmail and scare tactics to advance their own agenda. The health care law past. If you don,t like it go through the legislative process to change it. Their obligation is to support the laws of the nation not just the ones they like.

    October 11, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Did I not use those exact words last week??? And it's the truth!

    Cruz/Palin 2016!!

    October 11, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Felipe is currently the most hated man in America. It may have something to do with him not being an American. I know that's a low blow, but if my Kenyan born, Muslim, colonial imperialism loving President can take it, then I don't see what the problem is.

    October 11, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    No. This can't be true. The previous article states after going "round and round" in the White House meeting a really meaningful and defining moment came when Paul Ryan told President Obama that "we (GOTeaPers) aren't going away". Or some such other nonsense.

    What this article is implying is that Ted Cruz is the de factor leader.

    Come on CNN. Enough. The GOP is in a world of hurt. Stop trying to sugarcoat what every American is fully aware
    of: The GOP is leaderless.

    October 11, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    CNN loves to promote the Dems, as the righteous.......but in truth, is IS the Dems, and Obama in particular, that are destroying America, for everyone, including the poor.

    October 11, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Felipe is currently the most hated man in America. It may have something to do with him not being an American. I know that's a low blow, but if my Kenyan born, Muslim, colonial imperialism loving President can take it, then I don't see what the problem is.
    -------------------------------------------------
    You forgot "Socialist" for those that can actually spell it Dutch, but good one nonetheless!!!

    October 11, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Pretty much everyone in official Washington, including President Barack Obama, is taking a beating in public opinion polls over the shutdown.

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    Yeah, except no so much. That 37% AP approval rating that the tighty righties are thumping their chests over and holding up as irrefutable proof that he's sinking, was an online poll. You know, the kind that every blogger with an agenda posts all over the internet with orders for their useful idiots to "freep" it. Funny, they could only get him down to 37% while the rethugs are in the 20s, so not a whole lot to brag about, especially when you consider that all other polls have the President at least 8 percentage points higher, while the rethugs are in the 20s across the board. Nice attempt at false equivalency, but we gotcha!

    October 11, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    The problem that Cruz really has is that he treats every issue like a debate competition, not as something that needs to go through a legislative process. The Tea Party is a movement born out of anger and resentment, which is great for bringing up and highlighting issues, buts its a failure as a governing movment or even as a movement that can broker a deal to move the country, Cruz is merely the right person at the right time to become the de facto head of the Tea Party and the GOP, but he is not the person for solutions: has he offered one that has a viable chance of getting through? No, but he can create conditions that make it virtually impossible to get a solution that a majority will accept.. He is simply anger with a megaphone and a knowledge of how to debate: he does not understand that legislating is not a zero-sum game. He is about to fail, and the damage will be catastrophic for the view he champions.

    October 11, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Data Driven

    @Rick McDaniel,

    "but in truth, is IS the Dems, and Obama in particular, that are destroying America, for everyone, including the poor"

    Yeah, well, at least we don't run smack on a guy who's dad just died.

    October 11, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. False

    False, Rand Paul is.

    October 11, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Dallas

    Ted Cruz is the gift that keeps on giving. We've been looking for ways here in Texas to recall him as he is nothing but an embarrassment to our state and our nation, but barring that should he become the Repugs nominee in 2016, I think a cocker spaniel could beat him!

    October 11, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. Elliotu

    if we want the government open and want to avoid a major recession, we need to write to the Republican party or post messages here that we will not give any donations ot GOP candidates or the GOP organization this year.

    October 11, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. S. B. Stein

    I have been wondering if someone has been influencing the tea party people to slow down the government. Think about it - a slow down in what the government does including a shut down takes the pressure off some of the terrorist groups and criminal organizations. I am more likely to believe that it was someone who had this thought appearing as a patriot to some reactionary Republicans. It could be by those "Islamic groups" (who I think worship death and Kali more that Allah) that want a bit of a break.

    October 11, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. TONE

    @Rick Mcdaniel-Dems and Obama is destroying America including the poor.
    The the republicans had 9 years to improve the standard of living for the poor, and also keep America great and what they did, pass bills that made it impossible for the poor to keep their heads above water, and was about to push this beloved country of ours over a cliff, and are still tyring to do so right now. the republican party is not and will never be good for America so give it a rest will you they are toast.

    October 11, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Good, that garrentees it's defeat in 2014 and 2016, what could be better for the dems then to have the teaparty failure and slug Cruz as the face of the incompetent and obstructionist GOP garbage of America party!!!!!

    October 11, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    What else would you expect from the GOP party of stupid. Put the face of the teaparty failure Cruz on every voting booth and ensure a dem victory, thanks GOP morons!!!!

    October 11, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. livingston

    If he is their 'leader' then they are in bigger trouble then I thought!

    October 11, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. guest

    A vote for any Republican party member is voting for Ted Cruz and the rest of the Tea Party. Unfortunately, it does not matter what values and issues a republican candidate stands for, as they will move out of the way and let the Tea Party agenda be their platform. Republicans have officially given away their message of fiscal responsibility, and are instead only worried about using legislation to influence stock market trading.

    Do not vote for Republicans of any flavor, they will not stand up to the Tea Party, the pay check is way better to step aside.

    I am a middle of the road voter, but the Tea Party is forcing my hand to vote party lines: Not Republican.

    October 11, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    TONE

    The the republicans had 9 years to improve the standard of living for the poor, and also keep America great and what they did, pass bills that made it impossible for the poor to keep their heads above water

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    More like nineteen years, considering they've owned the house for all but two years of the 2 decades. They also held the majority in the senate for most of those years, and have held it hostage for the few years they haven't been in the majority.

    October 11, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. freedom

    Cruz started an important national dialogue, that would have otherwise been ignored – adding millions to the deficit – not dealing with the ramifications of the implementation of Obamacare – overreach of the government, fairness issues of the new law regarding congress, corporations, and the individual American, etc. The president should have been leading the charge, but he's not transparent (which he promised) with the American people or the media. Someone had to step up – and Cruz did.

    October 11, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. TONE

    @Data

    He cannot run for President, he is not American, but never the less i welcome him as the poster boy of the Republican party. good post.

    October 11, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. sonny chapman

    As a registered Dem. voter, I love your leader. As an American, I fear that this cross between Bill o'Reilly & Bob Barker will unduly burden our system of Democracy.

    October 11, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. James Fugedy

    Where's Ted?

    October 11, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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