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. Charlie Harvell

    In reality the House Republicans failed the American people. Bunch of dimwits and Cruz is King Idiot.

    October 20, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. icu

    that Canadian speaking again. If he is so unhappy in the united states then move his a&& back Canada.

    October 20, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. b

    Cruz entering into a room to a standing ovation is definitely proof positive that you can fool SOME of the people ALL of the time!

    October 20, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Organic1

    Cruz -> you are not conservative, you are an extremist. Your methods wreak of tea party tactics and suicide vest wearing nuts. Nobody has forgotten you took the chamber and talked star wars for 21 hours, just to vote for the very thing you were railing against. Don't believe yourself smart, you have the convictions of the common rattle snake.

    October 20, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. John

    Speaking of rails, Senator Cruz is going to be sent out on one come the next election. His intractable position on the shutdown created a good number of enemies and the junior senator is about to find out that some of those enemies have power beyond his imagination. He"s history and doesn't yet know it.

    October 20, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Allen Scott

    According to my paper The Austin American Statesman there was only a couple of hundred people there. Cruz is one term

    October 20, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. jonline

    Cruz is a fascist

    October 20, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. likeaplan

    Mullah Cruz said, "...a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops.".......Mullah Cruz forget that he is the one who called for the 'air strike' and gave the wrong coordinated.....good grief, Mullah Cruz must think that Conservatives are stupid.

    October 20, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Philaflyers

    When is this idiot going to shut his mouth?

    October 20, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. truth is

    The man is doing this not for the people, but for his own political ambitions. Anyone who doesn't see through the use car salesman act is delusional. He holds the country hostage for absolutely no good reason all the while pretending like he is trying to do the country a favor.

    If that isn't the definition of a wolf in sheep's clothing, I don't know what is. Ted Cruz cars about Ted Cruz 1st, 2nd and 3rd, in that order.

    October 20, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. JustWho

    Senators are NOT beholding to the House.

    October 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. tadpole

    Sen. Cruz is making a run towards the GOP pilots' cabin, with the goal of crashing the party into the twin towers of America.

    October 20, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. Texas voter

    Ted
    First you slam your own party, and as if that wasn't enough, you add salt to the wounds by inferring the USAF bombs their own..........nice............................you sir are a TOTAL jerk. Please...........crawl back into whatever miserable hole you slunk out of.

    October 20, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Pat in IL

    There is seriously something the matter with this guy.

    October 20, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Mark

    I am , or WAS, a republican but I intend to work very hard to get these idiots unelected.

    October 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. Out of Texas

    I never thought that I would hear myself say this, but I miss former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison!

    October 20, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. truehoosier62

    I wonder if there could be even one Liberal poster today, just one, who will listen to the words spoken by Ted Cruz in the interview above, and allow themselves to say "you know, I don't care for him personally, but he's right". I have little faith in the ability of Liberals to even listen to alternate opinions, must less allow themselves to agree with them, but here's hoping even one shows up today.

    October 20, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. independant jim

    What has America come to allow a Canadian that's right folks a CANADIAN to try to dictate to the American people the American Congress and Senate and an American Born President his ugly hatred of America and anything that would benefit Americans ..He does not complain of the Government health care in Canada His brand of Fascism works well in Texas home of the idiots and Bigots he should stay there or go back to Canada and try to pass his fascism policy's there

    October 20, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. likeaplan

    If you go back and look at Mullah Cruz last few major interviews, note that his overall message is not positive. And, negative messages don't win national elections. Voters want to believe in hope and positivity.

    October 20, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Mkschro

    His San Antonio audience of boosters was 95% white. His platform and base are afraid of inclusion and fear equality for people of color. Whether it be healthcare, immigration, tax or education policy, his base is diametrically opposed to any effort that would correct past abuses and support mainstreaming disenfranchised people and their children....Veiled racism, pure and simple. When America can stand and through the ballot box say no to those who wish to punish people of color, to keep them in their place, and deny them rights and education that whites have access to, it will be a new day for this country.

    October 20, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. Jake

    Cruz is a hero. McCain is a disgrace. This old liberal should be voted out of office. McCain is a democrat who also talks out of both sides.

    October 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. Mkschro

    His San Antonio audience of boosters was 95% white. His platform and base are afraid of inclusion and fear equality for people of color. Whether it be healthcare, immigration, tax or education policy, his base is diametrically opposed to any effort that would correct past abuses and support mainstreaming disenfranchised people and their children....Veiled racism, pure and simple. When America can stand and through the ballot box say no to those who wish to punish people of color, to keep them in their place, and would deny them rights and education that whites have access to, it will be a new day for this country.

    October 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. geno marcello

    Ted Cruz didn't do anything wrong except represent the people who elected him. It was Obama and Reid who twisted the government to achieve precisely what they wanted. Make no mistake: this was a political battle from the start that Barack Obama was damned determined to win. I admire the Republicans, Independents and Democrats who actually stood up to them. There will be other battles in the future, and there will be fights they will win. But as John Boehner said, this was one we fought and lost. So be it. On to the future.

    October 20, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Mike Texoma

    Cruz' public mission is unattainable and he knows it. His private mission is self aggrandizement, and he may claim it, temporarily. But his methodology is fundamentally Wizzard of Oz.

    October 20, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Namerodger r

    How can the American public buy into this non American! Who's father was a communist, and he himself wasn't even born here! Come on people this guy has one thing on his mind! More power! He continues to spew hate all while our economy falters. The Republican Party should silence this clown! The only thing he wants to improve are his rich cronies pocket books.

    October 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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