October 16th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
6 months ago

Video: Cruz: Senate Republicans should have followed House Republicans

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash asks Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, how he feels about the new Senate deal.

BASH: As you well know, you have a lot of fellow Republicans really downright angry at you because, here we are, almost three weeks later, the strategy that you started out on to defund Obamacare as part of funding the government. They never thought it was going to work because the votes aren't there. And here we are, reopening the government after a lot of bruising political warfare internally, and you got nothing for it.

CRUZ: Well, Dana, respectfully, I disagree with the premise of that. I think we have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. The scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything, and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything.

We saw, first of all, millions upon millions of Americans rise up all over this country. Over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare. We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people, that everyone in official Washington, just weeks earlier, said would never happen. That was a remarkable victory to see the House engage in a profile of courage.

Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among the House of Representatives. That was unfortunate. I would point out that had Senate Republicans united, and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would've been very, very different. I wish that had happened, but it did not.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Wrong Dana: he got lots and lots of money and face time that a junior Senator would never get. He got EXACTLY what he wanted.

    October 16, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The Real Tom Paine: Yep, Cruz got what he wanted, just like Rant Paul did when he "filibustered": face time and a chance to raise millions for his 2016 war chest.

    To hell with our country, Teddy got his pikchur in the papers!

    October 16, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Dallas

    He could care less about the country. All he wants is to enhance his image and build up his 2016 war chest. Don't waste your time Teddy. There are too many of us who won't forget what you tried to do. You are not fit to even be considered to be POTUS. Start doing the job the good people of Texas elected you to do or resign.

    October 16, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    LOL – how about vice versa ?

    House Democrats should have followed Senate Democrats.

    """Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among the House of Representatives"""

    He got his time, he got money for his election, plus he got t.v. time, unfortunately....

    October 16, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Greg in Arkansas

    "and you got nothing for it."....wrong, Cruz got an indelible reputation of being a NUT case that would rather sink the economy than compromise his misguided principles....

    October 16, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -ThinkAgain

    The Real Tom Paine: Yep, Cruz got what he wanted, just like Rant Paul did when he "filibustered": face time and a chance to raise millions for his 2016 war chest.

    To hell with our country, Teddy got his pikchur in the papers!
    ***************
    Its funny: yesterday Newt Gingrich was talking about our "Kardassian cutlure" ,yet another shot at the president's supposed love of being a celebrity, but we've got Cruz, Paul, Rubio and others all yapping away like a bunch of Yorkshire terriers demanding that we listen to them, and for what? Any new ideas or solutions? Nope, just green eggs and ham renditions at taxpayer's expense. We keep hearing that Cruz has "woke the American Public up" and other such nonesense. The only people woken up by this pitiful spectacle are the right-wingers with narcolepsy who will go back to sleep until the next round of shrill screaming starts. They will gather in small groups, hold a rally or two all wearing their tricorn hats and threatening to seceed again until the next manufactured crisis is set in motion to get the fundraising totals up for the astroturf groups that take their donations and laugh at them. Cruz, Paul, Lee, Rubio, Perry, all want to be the new celebrity: this is not about service, its about their massive egos needing to be massaged by millions of supporters and millions of dollars. The sad thing is that most conservatives don't even know they are being fleeced, and willingly cough it up.

    October 16, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. granny4life

    what world does he live in. He did not represent my views.

    October 16, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Dave

    If CLOWN CRUZ felt that way, then WHY did he cave?

    October 16, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. James Riordon

    The transcript and the tape don't match. The second line of the last paragraph says "the House of Representatives" where it should say "Senate Republicans"

    October 16, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Jake from Canada

    To ThinkAgain:

    While I agree with you that Ted Cruz obviously did this as a stunt. I don't agree with you that Rand Paul did. First, Rand Paul's Filibuster was an actual filibuster, it did what it was supposed to do-ie delay a vote-in this case it was John Brennan's nomination.

    Also, Rand Paul can actually claim a victory as the White House and Justice Department were forced to answer the question whether drones would be used in the U.S. or not.

    I don't like Rand Paul in general. I think he has a lot of crazy ideas like his father does, BUT, to compare him to a certifiable lunatic like Ted Cruz, who accomplished nothing except a little fame and the ire of his colleagues, isn't quite fair.

    October 16, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Babyboomer

    He may have gotten what he wanted for now but he will NEVER be President of these United States, which is what he really wants. Way to harsh, way to negative. Completely wrong for the country.

    October 16, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    So, according to this narcissist, the senate should just blindly follow behind the house and do as told? They shouldn't think on their own? They shouldn't consider how their decisions will affect Americans? Just stick to the plan.

    October 16, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Zombies

    IDoes he thinks american people are zombies to raise up and follow him?

    October 16, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Right...because rewarding Cruz with the only things he really wanted all along, i.e., spotlight, inflated importance and name recognition, is precisely how to de-incentivize these shenanigans.

    October 16, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. ST

    Hard way you have learned a lesson Cruz. Never again play this kind of a game. You had an ill-conceived strategy which a lot were not impressed at all.

    October 16, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. It's Math

    Senator – 2 million is 2 congressional districts and less than 1% of the country's population. That's no overwhelming majority.

    October 16, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Tony Z

    So the strategy was to almost bankrupt the country, hurt job creation and get yourself on TV. The American people didn't rise up. What were the numbers for people who wanted the deal? There is a village still missing you.

    October 16, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    let me paraphrase

    cruz: " less than 10% of america showed their support of my actions"

    October 16, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Tom

    Clearly Cruz wants to be the last idiot standing in this whole debacle. He really ought to step outside the conservative echo chamber once and a while because the real world doesn't see things in ideological absolutes. Does this guy really think he has a chance of winning the 2016 Presidential race? He's burned bridges in his own party and has looked like a deranged fool to everyone else. Didn't he learn from Mitt's loss in 2012 that you need votes from more than ultra-conservatives to win a national election?

    October 16, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Azzy

    Scientology loves this guy - he already lives on his own planet.

    October 16, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Teabagfail

    Bye Tea Party, don't let the door hit your butts on the way out in 2014. Way to keep the country screwed up for 16 days, but that is why it is called a Deomocracy. Just because you are afraid of the guy in the White House, does not mean you have the right to ruin the lives of the other 92% of the nation and many in your own party who think you are bathouse crazy.

    October 16, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything, and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything. ... .. ... We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people, that everyone in official Washington, just weeks earlier, said would never happen. That was a remarkable victory to see the House engage in a profile of courage. ... ... "
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    Victory? The man's words speak of an alternate reality from which we exist. Victory? Does he mean a personal victory?

    October 16, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    LOL – how about vice versa ?

    House Democrats should have followed Senate Democrats.

    """Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among the House of Representatives"""

    He got his time, he got money for his election, plus he got t.v. time, unfortunately....

    October 16, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. MaryM

    Remember folks, " If you Cruz, YOU lose"

    October 16, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Cruz, he thinks he and he alone makes the sun rise and set. He serves at the behest of his superiors and could be banished to the corner before his latte gets foam on it. And since the Senate goes by seniority he's WAY back. Shut up Teddy before they take the key to the restroom away from you.

    October 16, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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