Houston: We have a problem, his name is Ted Cruz
October 16th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
11 months 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. Marie MD

    Ouch, how in the world could the Houston Chronicle, even for a nanosecond, think that a candidate endorsed by the screecher from AK could be even a smidgen of what Hutchison was?
    NOTE to the Chronicle and others. Rafael Ted bin laden cannot be President because he was not born on US soil. He was born in Canada of an American mother and Cuban father. He couldn't even be president of Cuba. They would shoot him on sight. Seems that even the communists don't want him!

    October 16, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    I have a suggestion. Remember when Perry floated the idea of secession? How about we just pass an amendement to the Constitution seceding Texas to Mexico under the condition that Ted Cruz's citizenship be forever revoked (he can citizenship with Canada though- though I seriously doubt they want him)? Who's with me?
    Seriously folks, this guy is dangerous and if something isn't done, that photo above will be similar to one in a few years, only he will have one of those arms at his side.

    October 16, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. freedom

    Ted Cruz started a national dialogue that needed to happen. American citizens, no matter what party they're in, need to know what the hell is going on with our tax funds and the infringements on our freedoms. He's speaking for his constituents and trying to preserve our constitution. I applaud him for this efforts.

    October 16, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. rs

    The solution is simple. Mr. Cruz by underming the Speaker of the House, parading under the Confederate flag, and pushing the default of America is probalbly chargable with treason and sedition, along with obstruction and other charges.
    It is time to treat these anti-American thugs for what they are.
    Problem solved.

    October 16, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    I'll try to post this comment for maybe the 100th time.....

    How is a first term Senator, born in Canada, a potential presidential nominee?? Aren't these the very same people that still yell Obama doesn't have the experience to be POTUS and claim he was born in Kenya?

    So I guess experience wasn't the real issue right boys?

    October 16, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    He looks like Mussolini.

    October 16, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. A True Conservative

    Yes WE have a problem and Cruz is helping to point it out to us. The problem is a supersized Federal government, an executive branch that rules by dictate and growing and unsustainable national debt. All of this coupled with a group of politicians that don't seem to understand that the iceberg we are about to hit (if we haven't already) will sink us!

    October 16, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Laverne

    It is unfortunate that some hate of Obama is what's driving some people to do stupid stuff and support stupid people. Obama is a pragmatic president. Yes, he center to left, but he is definite reasonable. If you don't like some of this policies then do the right thing and vote, but to hold the country hostage because you can't get your way is ridiculous and unamerican. There are consequences to elections and the dems were not happy with most of W. Bush policies, but we did not try and set the house on fire because of it either. We did what you suppose to do which is win the Whitehouse back. The level of hatefulness and nastiness is at a level I have not seen in many many years! I am tired of people saying its because of his policies, hell most of his policies are the same as W. It takes a blind person not to know this is in part because of race, but the sad thing is nobody will stand up against the crazies which is just as bad.

    October 16, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    Why would you endorse someone if you had so many reservations? Makes no sense to me.
    Was no one else running against him?
    How much were you paid for your endorsement?
    Buyers regret much/

    October 16, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    with few exceptions, the entire state of Texas "has a problem." Take Austin out and let them secede to become the latest third world country. I can't wait to see the electrified fence go up around it to keep "them illegals out of 'murka"

    October 16, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Cruz gained national attention as the face of a Republican strategy to tie anti-Obamacare provisions to must-pass spending legislation."

    Cruz gained national attention because a lackluster media needed a ratings boost. That this man - along with his Teaper talking points - is a disgrace to America ... it's politics ... and it's economic and financial well being ... is badly understated by a overreaching media that allowed itself into thinking it is THE voice of America and that Ted Cruz speaks for ALL of us.

    By next year, Ted Cruz will be but a footnote in American history. Right along with Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum. Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Mitt McConnell and a slew of "others" given too much media attention for their own (and America's) good.

    October 16, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Yeah right.

    Anyone who has principles and ideals, and stands by them........is a problem in Congress. Anyone who actually listens to their voters........has an even bigger problem in Congress.

    I am going to consider voting against every single incumbent in Congress.......no matter who they are, that I vote for. None have met my expectations.......not one.

    Worse.......Obama remains in dictatorial control of everything, and everyone...........intruding into every aspect of the lives of people.

    October 16, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Larry in Houston

    LOL – – I like this Post CNN....good article !! well, it sort of looks like this, in 2016....First of all, Biden better move out of the way – it's going to be between this Attorney (turned politician) & Hillary, period....'ole Cruz ain't going to back out. Why do I say that ? because it will follow him all the way to election day.....In other words, he's not going to be a "Flip Flopper" or have any type of "history" like having a dog on top of his car, or being a bully when he was in high school.
    Although they are going to go thru his "closet" so to speak, to look for any old skeletons, so to speak, IF he backs OUT, he will be toast, and will look like he's conceding to his "captain" so to speak (the bonehead) LOL
    My advice to 'ol Cruz – is this : Stay the Course, and see what happens. You will either make it, or you don't, period. And Yes, he's right, KBH was a moderate......Cruz is figuring on by the time 2016 rolls around, people will look back on our community organizer in chief, and say : he was never a leader in the first place, so we will have to get somebody or vote for somebody that will LEAD, or at least Be a Leader, not weak, we need a Strong Leader, not a weakling, like we've got currently in the W.H.

    October 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. OKfine

    When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November's general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation

    -–

    So you endorsed a right wind eXtremist teabagger dipschtick and expected him to behave like a moderate?

    Good job.

    October 16, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. rs

    freedom

    Ted Cruz started a national dialogue that needed to happen.
    ___________________________
    Which dialog is that?
    * That America should turn its back on the democtartic process?
    * That America should use its Constitution?
    * That as a good Christian Nation we should punish the poor, the sick and the elderly?
    * That the Taliban are on to something in regards to women?
    * That not paying your credit card bill is a great way to balance your budget?
    * That voting rights are highly over-rated?

    Face it the TEA Party "wing" of the GOP is little better than the Nazi Party- and the thing we learned years ago is appeasing them didn't go very far- they had to be crushed and outlawed.

    October 16, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    I said that Ted Cruz reminded me of a cross between Bill O'Reilly & Bob Barker. After seeing him in action this W/End @ the"Values Conference", he now reminds me of another megalomaniac, BENITO MUSSOLINI.

    October 16, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Yeah right.

    Anyone who has principles and ideals, and stands by them........is a problem in Congress. Anyone who actually listens to their voters........has an even bigger problem in Congress.

    I am going to consider voting against every single incumbent in Congress.......no matter who they are, that I vote for. None have met my expectations.......not one.

    Worse.......Obama remains in dictatorial control of everything, and everyone...........intruding into every aspect of the lives of people.
    _____________________________________
    I guess as long as someone has principles- any principles, then thats cool with you and we should just go along with them. That explains how most Germans wound up with National Socialism and that fun guy, Hitler in the '30s. Critical thinking is not something you do well. Cruz isn't Hitler, but he's no American patriot either.

    October 16, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Worse.......Obama remains in dictatorial control of everything, and everyone...........intruding into every aspect of the lives of people."

    List of factual backup for that accusation please.

    October 16, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Ol' Yeller

    Hlllary vs. Cruz- Heck yeah.
    Larry in Houston- I don't know what is in the water down there or if you missed you meds or doubled up on them, but your suppostions that cruz has nothing which will turn up in a vetting process is akin to the McCain camp's entire vetting process of Sarah PAlin (though I'm sure you're a fan).
    Here's a question- how does cruz even meet the requirements of being President of the US having been born in another country? I mean, your ilk has denounced the President claiming he was born in Kenya and he proved he was not... but cruz had admitted to being born in another country... how's that work? The typical- it don't apply to us strategy?

    October 16, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. robert jay

    No problem with Cruz pointing out problems – just do it properly and quit trying make a name for himself (which he has but it sure isn't repeatable here) but use some common decency and adult thinking- why would anyone but a moron try to tie all this crap to a budget- send a clean bill to the POTUS and he will sign it – play games and you will pay! simple 2+2 +4 – Now if people like Cruz could just add 2+2!

    October 16, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    Larry in Houston

    LOL – – I like this Post CNN....good article !! well, it sort of looks like this, in 2016. it's going to be between this Attorney (turned politician) & Hillary, period....'ole Cruz ain't going to back out.
    -----------------–

    Please make this happen. Nothing would make HRC's landslide election as the first female president easier

    October 16, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Tony Z

    So to understand the conservative problem of supersized government we have to shut it down and stall our economy. Is that what works? NO! Work together to lower the debt which comes with jobs and people paying taxes. At some point, we have to realize that WE (The US) had a recession while fighting two wars. It takes time and is getting there.

    For any senator to stand under the Confederate flag shows that they are anti-American. That is the flag of treason. They chose to leave the United States of America. They can claim to be anti-government, but they are the biggest users of government funding based on funding the government. Lets get real.

    We have an uneducated America cutting off their nose to spite their face.

    October 16, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. kofi bombolo

    My prediction is that Mr Cruz will not survive his first year in congress. I see him committing suicide after his followers ditch him after the midterm elections. He carries an unpleasant secret that will be exposed. That is what I see in the elements

    October 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Des Chambers

    The Problem that we have stops at the reserves for the GOP , they cant go back , forward or up , and they are singing
    Mary J I'am Going down,

    October 16, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Cruz is done , his stupid agenda cost the USA 20 billion dallars up to this point. This GOP teaparty loser will never be president and just embarrassed the USA in front of the world and lied to his stupid sopporters to take in money. Cruz is a total failure along with the rest of the teaparty garbage of America!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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