October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
9 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. 2020

    Ted Cruz, white collar crime, stolen 24 Billion dollars from American economy. Federal prison should be his retirement home.

    October 19, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. mike

    Cruz is an idiot

    October 19, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. mike

    He is off the wall crazy...its his way or the highway, maybe Texans should show him where the highway is?

    October 19, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Yes! Stand up for your beliefs and fight the tough battles.

    October 19, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Ed

    You are already dried up Cruz. Now blow away.

    October 19, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Cruz is not a math major – he's a sleazy lawyer. He already has won the radical, right-wing crazy vote. He should stop working for it.

    He is just another rider in the Tea Party Clown Car. He will strip the Republican Party of the moderate votes and doom them to yet another losing presidential race. At this point the Democratic Party strategists have more than enough to send him to Fox News as yet another Tea Party loser/commentator.

    October 19, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Lindsey

    Cruz, Rubio, Lee, and Paul are the future of the Tea party. They will eventually have to split off from the establishment Republican Party that stands for nothing any more! God bless them and others like them!

    October 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. currency1896

    cruz should be sent to guantanamo....he is an enemy of america

    October 19, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. ST

    Cruz knows how to shutdown the government BUT doesn't know how to shut up his mouth. He can't realise that even Fox News has noticed already he is a ticking time bomb to their Party, thats why they have kept distance from him. I also doubt the way he thinks. How can he change things without working together with his fellow republicans? If what he cares only is his people in Texas, why can't he stay there and don't come to Washington at all? What is the use of going there?

    October 19, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. vick degiorgio

    Please give this guy the Republican nomination in 2016. Please! Please!

    October 19, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Jeb

    Cruz is a nut who cares only about power.

    October 19, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Cruz has hurt our veterans, our government workers, our economy, added $24 billion to out national debt, and has done nothing for 28% of Texans who have no healthcare. He is a true domestic terrorist.

    October 19, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  13. pat

    he didn't do this for the "American People". He did this for himself.

    October 19, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. SeeThruIt2

    Cruz helped Harry Reid time the Senate change to the House Budget CR so that the House Republicans took the blame for the shutdown. Cruz is still too stupid to understand how he was played by Harry Reid.

    October 19, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Michael Bauer

    Yes, they put their country first. O, the shame of it!

    October 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. I find your lack of brains disturbing

    Yes, in the process of insulting your coworkers, using an analogy which associates the Air Force with friendly fire is clearly the best way to not continue to dig that gargantuan hole you are in any deeper.

    October 19, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. dsigue

    Apparently he is now the leader of the party of hate and anger! What a big time idiot and this is what the Tea Party really stands for!

    October 19, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. Brian

    Senator Cruz - you failed America. The senate Republicans were intelligent enough to call you on your shenanigans. It's nice that some Republicans finally remembered their duty.

    October 19, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. allenwoll

    Cruz is a dangerous demagogue ! ! !

    October 19, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. Texans

    Well, it goes to prove what people have said about Texans for as long as I can remember. clueless, selfish, greedy, cold-hearted, not very bright, numbskulls, morons....need I go on?

    October 19, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Isn't Cruz a Canadian? Why has he refused to produce his long form birth certificate for review?

    October 19, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. keyser

    He is living proof that the mob is crazy and will eventually destroy themselves and their country.

    October 19, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. t3chn0ph0b3

    Keep railing, Ted. More votes for us.

    October 19, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  24. sara

    He is nothing short of a jerk

    October 19, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. DocHollywood

    And Cruz failed the GOP.

    October 19, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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