October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
6 months ago

Ted Cruz, back in Texas, rails against fellow Senate Republicans

Programing note: CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas following a whirlwind week in Washington that saw an end to the partial government shutdown that he helped ensure - and for which he made no apologies.

Instead, Cruz blasted his fellow Senate Republicans, saying they are most to blame for the failure of the push to defund or delay Obamacare.

"The House Republicans marched into battle courageously," the first-term senator told the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s state convention on Saturday, "and the Senate Republicans should have come in like the cavalry to support them."

Instead, said Cruz, "a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops."

Cruz was a leading voice in Republicans push for Congress to reject any funding proposal to reopen the government that did not specifically defund President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. He even spoke for more than 21 hours in a filibuster-like attempt to promote his strategy in the Senate.

Throughout his remarks Saturday, Cruz railed against what he called "the Washington establishment" - people from both political parties who he says are afraid of grassroots movements.

"There are a lot of professional pundits in Washington who go on television and explain that ‘Well, if you stand for anything, it's risky, and we may lose elections in 2014 as a result of this,'" Cruz said, seemingly referring to critics within his own party. "You want to win an election in 2014? Republicans need to stand for principle. And it is the grassroots, organized, that will win elections in 2014."

While Cruz lambasted his critics in Congress, he heaped praise on his grassroots supporters. The effort to defund Obamacare will eventually be viewed as a success, he said, because it energized conservative voters, drew attention to flaws in the health care law and caused Democrats to take "a lot of stupid votes."

He called on supporters to keep up the pressure on their elected officials.

"Nobody said this was going to be easy," Cruz warned. "And nobody should be surprised that the Washington establishment fights back."

Cruz went so far as to tell supporters about the tone of discussion in closed-door meetings, a breach of unspoken congressional etiquette. He accused fellow members of Congress of making back room deals that they don't admit to, claiming that they fear constituents involved in grassroots movements.

"Over and over again," said Cruz, "my colleagues have turned… red in the face, and said: 'My constituents keep calling me!'"

However unpopular Cruz might be in Washington, he maintains significant support from Texas conservatives and was well received at the San Antonio event. He entered to a standing ovation and his remarks were met with cheers of "We love Ted Cruz."


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soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. tamalebueno

    I voted for Cruz and glad I did. Call me a tin foil hat wearer all day. The guy is doing what he was elected to do. He is representing us "crazies" in Texas who are enjoying cheaper gas and a decent economy.

    Here is the thing, liberals have been electing people who speak for tgen for years without fear of ridicule or worry that they will be called crazy. So why cant conservatives elect someone who does the same thing for them on the opposite side of the table.

    I do like Cruz, and even voted R for him. Im a libertarian. I think he is at least honest and trying to rep his state. I wish he would tone down the religious rhetoric in his politics, but I wont fault him for worshipping as he chooses. I think he is smart enough to tread lightly when using religion in an argument.

    October 19, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Bubba Jackson in Texas

    Texas is so very sorry for the things Senator Cruz says. Please keep in mind Cruz was not born here. In fact he not even American born.

    October 19, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    This man is certifiably insane. he is willing to destroy the country and the global economy because he doesn't like a law legitimately passed by congress and approved by the supreme court. someone this obsessed is dangerous. i thank God far saner and smarter heads than his prevailed and pulled us back from the brink, again!

    October 19, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. John

    You Cruz, you lose!

    October 19, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Hey, Rafael bin laden, go back to your country of birth.
    We don't or need you in the US and you and you haven't got a prayer of running for president . Maybe prime minister of Canada or dictator, more your style, of Cuba.
    Before you go make sure you pay back the $24BILLION your hatred and lunacy cost real Americans!

    October 19, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. boon

    This man truly is a lunatic. And definitely not a Reagan Republican.

    October 19, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Hugh Harvey

    Ted Cruz-my standing here in this terrible place is just as bad as being on the "Bataan Death March", "It is just terrible here on the floor of the Senate"---Well Teddie Boy if it's that bad resign and go back to Cuba were your good buddies, the Castros will take care of you.

    October 19, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Hugh Harvey

    Ted says "I dont work for the party bosses", I dont think Ted works at all. The Senate of the United States is known as the "Most exclusive men's club in ten world:

    October 19, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. DENNA

    I cannot believe that the GOP has found itself another Sarah Palin. Teddy Bear is even crazier than Sarah, if that is all possible. It seems to me that the GOP should just go ahead and commit suicide.

    October 19, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Data Driven

    "and the Senate Republicans should have come in like the cavalry to support them."

    And then,

    "a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops."

    So, in Cruz World: cavalry good; Air Force bad? I'm confused. Actually, now that I think about it, didn't the cavalry basically morph into the Air Force after airplanes came into common use? Now I'm even more confused.

    October 19, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. don in albuquerque

    Whatever this guy is smokin', I want some.

    October 19, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Wonder if he's familiar with the "censure".

    October 19, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Cruz is one arrogant sob. He has made enemies on both sides of the aisle and is considered a snake to the Majority of the American public.

    October 19, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. rs

    When you pay the Treasury back $24 billion Mr. Cruz (and you TEAhadists), we'll gladly hear you out. Until then, for pity's sake- give it a rest you loser!

    October 19, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Cruz maintains significant support from Texas conservatives and was well received at the San Antonio event. He entered to a standing ovation and his remarks were met with cheers of "We love Ted Cruz."

    The only way for the Tea Party and those such as Ted Cruz to accomplish there goals is to ruin the economy .

    A strategy right out of the Third Reich .

    October 19, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. plain and simple

    Ted Cruz keeps getting hot air blown up his rear end by his supporters......and it keeps coming out his mouth. He doesn't even believe his own bs,but there are those out ther that do. Cruz rides their ignorance to the bank.

    October 19, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. buongiorno

    all you democrats and republicans and liberals either grow up or back to kindergarten

    October 19, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. buongiorno

    all you democrats and republicans and liberals either grow up or back to kindergarten and repeat the class

    October 19, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. James Napoli

    Ted Cruz is willing to damage Ameruca's economy and reputation for personal political gain. He cost the American economy $24 billion dollars. Patriotic?

    October 19, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Jules

    The man is a fool.

    October 19, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. the hippies were right

    So many dumb republicans here in Texas. You can't even come close to having a political debate with them, their brains just don't comprehend logic. Imagine thousands of Rick McDaniels around you all day, everyday. HELP!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. wmontanye

    Sounds like a meeting of the mindless,,,,

    October 19, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Delusional self-absorbed Cruz, in a roomful of fanatical, delusional, self-absorbed supporters. Go Cruz!

    October 19, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Former President Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave. What happened to the 11th Commandment of the Republican Party?, "Speak no ill will against a fellow Republcan."

    October 19, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. moerumm

    II really don't know the answer to this question, but, is it possible the Republican party can throw Cruz out of the party? I mean, if I acted the way he acts and I was a part of any group, I would expect that they would give me the boot. Why not kick Cruz out the party and keep him from caucusing with the Republicans etc. Isolate him as a Tea Party candicate and keep him off the ballot as a Republican, prevent him from debates etc. I'm just sayin'

    October 19, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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