October 17th, 2013
08:27 PM ET
9 months ago

Ted Cruz won't rule out another shutdown, aide tells CNN

(CNN) - Tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz isn't ruling anything in our out in his continued fight against Obamacare, including efforts to force another government shutdown, an aide to the lawmaker has told CNN's Dana Bash.

It was Cruz's ultimately futile attempt in the Senate to tie renewed federal spending to defunding the health care law championed by President Barack Obama that helped trigger the two-week shutdown.

Critics of the Texas Republican in and out of the GOP argue that Cruz knew the tactic would never work, with any substantive change to Obamacare unacceptable to Democrats.

While the GOP's favorable rating in opinion polls plummeted even worse than Democrats during the shutdown and debt ceiling saga, Cruz's star has shot up among conservatives.

The freshman legislator now enjoys widespread name recognition and popularity with the tea party, potentially key ingredients for a 2016 White House bid.

While the defund tactic failed and shutdown was lifted with a predominantly cosmetic change to the Affordable Care Act, Cruz has declared victory nevertheless.

"Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up," Cruz said Wednesday as the compromise that ended the fiscal impasse was heading toward Congressional approval.

Cruz spent those months traveling the country, calling for a "grassroots tsunami" that would force action on Obamacare, a tsunami Cruz claims to have gotten.

"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," Cruz said.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Ted Cruz
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. just me

    Smh, the hubris of the man is staggering. Stupid is as stupid does.

    October 18, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  2. Andy Schroeder

    Mr. Cruz appears to be living in Wonderland. How anyone can be proud of losing his country million dollars and thousands of jobs, all in pursuit of the mean-spirited, hateful goal of denying millions of Americans affordable access to healthcare, boggles the mind.

    October 18, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Rapheal Cruz double dipped and ran away with Koch Brothers AND simpleton wingnut money filling his pockets.

    The Guns Over People tea potty will follow him over the cliff. 2014 comes quickly for them

    October 18, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  4. Minnie Mouse

    You are so high strung out on wiping out peoples health care, that it's ridiculous! I have pre-existing conditions, and so do millions of other people in this country. This is our right, we deserve to be treated with equality regardless to what our health is. Your talking about children, adults, seniors and veterans that you would be effecting. You need to zip it unless your going to have another talk Athlon to announce to the entire country and government on what your bright idea is that you feel we need to replace the "Affordable Care Act" with. So, what the computer system is having some computer glitches. The law has been in place since 2010, and it been helping thousands plus of children with pre-existing conditions since 2010.

    Move on to something else and stop wasting your time and everyone else's time as well.

    October 18, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  5. Name

    Who cares what this clown say, normal republicans now know this good for nothing Texas low life say,this is not about debts it's about the hate they have for blacks in the south, look at it this way, have you ever hear about tea party in Boston, new York, pa,i means the northern part of America hell no because we don't teach hate

    October 18, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    Canadian born Rafael Cruz, the new leader of the republikkkan party. What say ye Curley top Paul??

    Cruz/Paul/Palin 2016!!!

    The cuckoo crew!

    October 18, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
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