Houston: We have a problem, his name is Ted Cruz
October 16th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Houston: We have a problem, his name is Ted Cruz

(CNN) – The Houston Chronicle took freshman Sen. Ted Cruz to task in a new editorial, saying his predecessor would have been better suited for the ongoing gridlock on Capitol Hill.

"Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?" the editorial stated.

Hutchison, known as a more moderate Republican, retired in January after serving in the Senate for two decades.

While the Chronicle endorsed Cruz in last November's Senate election in Texas, the editorial board made it clear it would rather see Hutchison still in Washington.

"One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate," the editorial read.

Cruz gained national attention as the face of a Republican strategy to tie anti-Obamacare provisions to must-pass spending legislation. The Democratic-controlled Senate and the White House, however, strongly objected, and the stalemate resulted in the partial government shutdown that went into effect October 1.

While Cruz has seen strong criticism, from both Republicans and Democrats, the potential presidential contender still rallied the conservative base and saw strong fundraising numbers in the three months leading up to the shutdown, bringing in a little more than $1 million.

He also won a recent presidential straw poll by a wide margin at a social conservative gathering in Washington.

The editorial argued Hutchison was better at "reaching across the aisle when necessary," something "neither sitting Texas senator has displayed." Republican Sen. John Cornyn is the other senator from the Lone Star State.

"When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November's general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison's example in his conduct as a senator," it continued.

The Houston Chronicle largely has a history of endorsing Republican presidential candidates. However, in 2008 it endorsed Democratic nominee Barack Obama.


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Ted Cruz • Texas
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Oh come on EVERYONE with an IQ over 20 knows why the endorsed him. He was the loudest Obama hater they could find, that was the only requirement.

    October 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Name

    You didn't know when George Bush started two wars on American credit card give tax cut to the rich, shame on your, this is all hate for Obama

    October 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Cruz is an example of what a party does when all of its policies are proven failures: Create distractions from their own abysmal record. Only problem this time out is those making the distractions are in a position to greatly harm our and the world's economy.

    Remember this come November 4, 2014, folks.

    October 16, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    I'm not a Cruz fan....I'm not an Obama fan...I'm not a fan of the dumbest one, either....truth is, there isn't anybody really out there who is for the average voter in this country....AND Smart......Obama is for the average voter, but just because he's a college grad, doesn't mean he's smart....there are times that makes me think Obama has failed civics 101....
    Bottom line is this : we need someone who will or can, or has enough experience to get our debt turned to a "Surplus" or at least get it under control.

    October 16, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. glennrobert

    Just keep bad mouthing Hillary, she can use the free advertising. My only problem in being 84 years old is I don't expect to get to vote for her twice.

    October 16, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. plain and simple

    Once people open their eyes to the fact Ted Cruz relies on ignorance,bigotry and fear,they will never be closed again. He will always appeal to the narrow few,it's the responsibility of everyone else to oppose him vigorously and at all opportunities.

    October 16, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    I'm not a Cruz fan....I'm not an Obama fan...I'm not a fan of the dumbest one, either....truth is, there isn't anybody really out there who is for the average voter in this country....AND Smart......Obama is for the average voter, but just because he's a college grad, doesn't mean he's smart....there are times that makes me think Obama has failed civics 101....
    Bottom line is this : we need someone who will or can, or has enough experience to get our debt turned to a "Surplus" or at least get it under control.....

    October 16, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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