October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
1 year 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. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Someone should have flushed the toilet when Cruz was still floating there. You should always flush after going.

    October 20, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Kraig Derstler

    What is wrong with this man? No... check that. What is wrong with the voters in Texas to put this man into the US Senate?

    October 20, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Gary

    Ted, any fool can find something to point a finger at with so many things that are not working in our government. But to keep pointing your finger without offering a good faith effort to find a compromise is just so much hot air. You have become a symbol of what is wrong. And that is big mouth politicians playing to their narrow base of support with total disregard for actual results. With your strategy you will get voted back in and continue to suck your paycheck and benefits off us tax payers without ever accomplishing a damn thing. If you worked in my business I would fire you so fast it would make your head spin. You are like the guy sitting in the break room always talking about what is wrong at his job.

    October 20, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. vidal808

    I know he does not care but we do. He is a morone. Hopefully he is going away but I doubt it – like Sarah Peilin, he will continue to torture the American people... we are discussted by this guy... let him go crawl back under the rock he came from and never to be heard of him again...

    October 20, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. JohnRJohnson

    I think Ted Cruz should run for president so that he can split the GOP vote and assure the Democrats of another 8 years in the White House. The sooner he runs and loses, the sooner we can get his patronizing, droopy-eyed face out of our lives.

    October 20, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. JoeJoe

    Rable rable rable rable!

    October 20, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  7. M

    He's just mad because his colleagues in the Senate didn't fall into lockstep behind him, so he ended up looking like the wingnut that he is.

    And if the good Senator is reading this, I have some words of wisdom to impart to him. Teddy-boy, if you think your fellow Senators stabbed you in the back, you're wrong. They simply were not going to allow you to lead them into an unwinnable battle just so you could boost your credibility with a faction of your party. These folks have been in office far longer than you, and they know when someone is playing to the crowd.

    October 20, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. David

    I do feel sorry for those who feel that they've been disadvantaged by Obamacare; but, quite frankly, I've haven't met a single person in this category. Everyone I talk to is either insured at work, going to pay the fine, or is happy with the exchanges. Although Obamacare is not a problem for us, we do have some real problems. High unemployment, lack of career opportunities for our kids, college tuition that locks our kids out of college, a real estate market that locks us out of home ownership, and one-dimensional politicians that are willing to destroy America over their obsession for a single political issue which is uncontroversial in every other developed country in the world. Please, for the love of God, PUT DOWN THE BLOODY OBAMACARE AND MOVE ON!!!

    October 20, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. Judy Wood

    The senate GOP did not fail the House GOP. The house failed the American people with their shutdown stunt. I hope each and every house member that voted for the shutdown faces defeat in the 2014 election.

    October 20, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. Dude Rancher

    The worst of the worst. There is a special place in hell for Ted.

    October 20, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. perplexed

    Someone blundered.

    Forward, the Light Brigade!
    "Charge for the guns!" he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    "Forward, the Light Brigade!"
    Was there a man dismay'd?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Someone had blunder'd:

    October 20, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. Ricardo Martinez

    Cruz is a con artist, he told everyone he would stop the ACA, and that for a donation he would do that. Then he used that money to intimidate others. Stand up to that phoney, he is a radical, so far right that he has fallen off the cliff. You all need to rid yourselfs of this clown.

    October 20, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  13. Tea Pot

    Small mind, small thoughts, small vision.

    October 20, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Texas likes Cruz?

    Texas gave us GW Bush. Whose economic policies resulted in a global financial meltdown.

    Whose military policies ignored bin Laden, resulted in more than 4,400 American dead in Iraq, more than 2,200 American dead in Afghanistan and 100,000 of civilians in both those countries, and cost us $1.5 TRILLION in treasure (that's just the cost of the two wars; that doesn't include ongoing care and services for those wounded in action and their families).

    Whose foreign policies alienated the world after 9/11 because of his arrogance, when we had the support of the global community.

    So, Texas likes Cruz? Not much of a recommendation ...

    October 20, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. Corncop

    If you have such great support in Texas, why not just stay there! Your kind of scorched earth political terrorism has no place in a sane democracy. If you find such solace and peace within the bowels of your brother tea partiers in the House, give up your Senate seat and run for one in the House. Being a relatively new kid on the block in DC, its deems your biggest push is the 30-second sound bite. You have the starry-eyed fantasy of being President. Although your firebrand rightist rhetoric may get you the Republikook nomination, sane Americans will never elect you in November. But get your tea party band wagon together and bring Palin or Bachman onboard as your brimstone spewing mate. Their style of ilk will cement you into the halls of the also-ran, just like Palin and the TP'ers did to McCain. As an independent, he was a possible vote for me, until he took the hard right turn during the campaign and then he turned my stomach with Palin! So go back to the lone star state and revel in the praises of the Godly right wingers. Its about the best you can expect!

    October 20, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  16. blakenaustin

    Once again Ted Cruz is absolutely right. McConnell needs to be removed immediately as Senate minority leader and replaced with a conservative. And all the RINOs in the Senate that rolled over and played dead for the Democrats AGAIN need to be voted out of office. Enough is enough! Show some backbone.

    October 20, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. Hawk in Texas

    This canadain cuban is insane. i mean totally insane. he is right up there with palin, Paul Bachman ,Gomert and all the rest of the insane ones.

    October 20, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  18. blakenaustin

    Ted Cruz is absolutely correct again. McConnell needs to be removed as the Senate minority leader immediately. And all the spineless RINOs that supported him need to be voted out of office as traitors to their party. Enough is enough! Show some backbone. Stop rolling over and playing dead for Obama and the Democrats.

    October 20, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  19. sdgman

    The failure was the ENTIRE GOP ...especially that fool Cruz. He failed the entire country!

    October 20, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  20. FM

    A delusional, self-aggrandizing embarrassment. How does Texas manage to come up with such ridiculous, tone-deaf representatives? His donor list has grown – that's all he cares about.

    October 20, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. Elliot

    Stupid people cheering for a misguided Senator

    October 20, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  22. TRUTH IN TEXAS

    when does this canadian born cuban castro communist go away and stop trying to destroy a country he has no interest or respect for,soon the majority of us hope he is so self surving and egotistical. he even believes in his own mind that he speaks for the majority of AMERICANS which is the furthest thing from the truth

    October 20, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  23. termlimits

    The tea party not marginalized, they are now etched into our memory bank. Socialism is the philosophy of failure ignorance,and envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

    October 20, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. mdn

    Cruz could have filibustered or continued to delay the process but in the end he fell in line. He is as hypocritical as the rest of the Senators he is accusing.

    October 20, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. cnn sucks

    cnn sucks balls just like ted cruz

    October 20, 2013 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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