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. Terry B

    The man is a total nutcase. Only those lacking in intelligence would have anything to do with this man. I realize that the republican party has been taken over by right wing lunatics that spew the most inane drivel over and over again. He does aid one person for her quest for the governorship of Texan.. Wendy Davis. After having a Hitler clone as governor and now the avowed loon. . Cruz, as their senator, they need to find someone who actually gives a damn about everyone not just the lunatic fringe whose minds can'[t be changed on any issue of importance.

    October 20, 2013 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  2. Cole

    He's lost it. Last time I checked, both democrats and rebuplicans were great at racking up debt. The money just goes to different things.

    October 20, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  3. Teddy

    And Cruz failed the country his state and his voters.

    October 20, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  4. dilbertr93010

    A man who watched too many movies as a kid about noble heroes who fought to the end for some cause. He and too many others of his ilk possess no sense of history or true responsibility. They are kamikazes with no Emperor . They fight for a history and tradition that never existed. The alternative is they are narcissists exploiting an uneducated electorate.

    October 20, 2013 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  5. S

    I don't like that guy. He seems very arrogant and is out of touch. The ACA is a law now. Get over it and move on. Find a way to repair your party instead of causing more division.

    October 20, 2013 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  6. TM

    If Cruz is so concerned about the welfare of House Republicans, perhaps he should resign his current office and run for a seat there. Or perhaps, he can do us all a favor an stop blaming others for his own failure. Cruz went on a pointless 21 hour rambling recital of green eggs and spam. He brought a knife to a gunfight. Actually it's more accurate to say Cruz encouraged his party to make a political bayonet charge, uphill, against a well supplied machine gun bunker. Expecting a Democratically controlled Senate, and a Democratic President to surrender legislation passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court was a fools errand. And Cruz has established himself a the nation's chief fool. The blame belongs with him.

    October 20, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  7. fred

    Good lord. Texas is nuts if they think this guy represents anything but his own ego. If this guy wasn't in politics, he would be the next big religious cult leader. There are many things in this country that are unfair and unjust yet you would rather stand there and tell us all that Health Care is your alamo. This is why you will lose in 2014. Your principles are out of touch.

    October 20, 2013 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  8. thedemocraticclubofamerica

    It's a sad day in american politics when you have a grass roots movement that is predicated on racist rhetoric.

    October 20, 2013 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  9. mainepotter

    Poor Ted. Not everyone agrees with him. He still doesn't understand.

    October 20, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  10. chollima1178

    This disgraceful POS should never compare himself or his kin to the military

    October 20, 2013 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  11. chollima1178

    Mr Cruz, please don't compare you or your friends to the military. The organ of government with a 5% approval rating cannot hope to compare to a military which has a 90% approval rating.

    October 20, 2013 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  12. If I had a hammer... I'd whack you in the morning

    Please feel free to secede from the Union and re-join Mexico, and take the cruz monkey with you.

    October 20, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  13. ME

    Cruz = One Big Joke

    October 20, 2013 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  14. fullsailale

    I am neither rep or dem, cruz is an idiot. he would rather put me and my family in the street and tens of thousands like me just so he can have his way. to hell with him and those like him. we need a congress to work together even if it means that ya give in once in a while for the sake of family house holds.

    October 20, 2013 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  15. David Mann

    Ted Cruz has been criticized for "not having an exit strategy", and has been called a "Fraud" by more than one of his Senate colleagues. I believe this is an incorrect (and incomplete) analysis. Ted Cruz is a very intelligent man. He knew going into his "Faux" filibuster there was ZERO chance it would impact the ACA (Obamacare). He knew it was a colossal waste of time, and that WAS his intent. His mission (as dictated by those he REALLY serves) was to waste as much time as possible in the hopes of putting America into default thereby causing the US (and Global) economy to collapse. And what country would benefit most from a catastrophic event such as that? China! Ted Cruz is much more than a "Fraud", he is a traitor. Ted Cruz IS the "Manchurian Candidate.

    October 20, 2013 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  16. manhandler1

    We love Texas. That would be the Texas that successfully seceded from the rest of the Country .

    October 20, 2013 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  17. Gaunt

    Nice, in one fell swoop, Cruz insults all independents, moderate Republicans AND the United States Air Force.

    Is his goal to make sure the GOP gets ZERO votes in 2016? Cause he is well on his way.

    October 20, 2013 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  18. Chiefraker

    Ted Cruz is surely an idiot who paints America like a country of "extremists". The sort of beliefs he has can't be differentiated from the ones the Taliban have, self rightous and not appealing to common sense. He is a disgrace to politics and such a great nation as the USA. Yes, you can go out to repeal ObamaCare and all that, but not through use of 1600s techniques.

    October 20, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  19. Cruz, who?

    For a junior senator to mastermind such unspeakable act that would have dragged the US and the world into a depression if he had succeeded is very concerning. His defiance mirrors the same type of arrogance that recklessly got the Americans in the Iraq War. I sometimes wonder if the US Govt under GW Bush would have spent over $6 trillion dollars if it were not due to the wars in the Middle East. So, what should these so called conservative republicans (they are really lawless bandits, Texan style) do? Instead of blaming themselves, they point the fingers at Pres Obama who inherited the biggest mess from the previous administration and was forced to use government money in order to prevent the economy from ruins.

    If Cruz has a militia in his backyard, he would have staged a military coup and seized power. His analogy of the battle figs and the bombing of republicans, He would have come out with a crown on his head and explained to the world that he did so on his principles. We have seen characters like Cruz in history and they must be stopped.

    October 20, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  20. Scott

    As a resident of Texas, I apologize for this man. He makes me ashamed to live here.

    October 20, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  21. Dan

    Ted's philosophy of kill and bury, instead of give and take should be called by it's proper name, Fascism.

    October 20, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  22. MrRickinNH

    Mr. Cruze doesn't even realize that he IS the problem!

    October 20, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  23. Binyam

    The people of Texas can love and keep Ted Cruz with them but has no place on national stage

    October 20, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Senate saved America from the Guns Over People tea potty terrorists. The Senate would be under GOP control,but the tea potty made them run Akin and Mourdoch for seats. Thanks tea potty,keep them coming. The real heroes are the many women who rode into the Senate with the landslide Obama win in 2012. Thank you ladies including Kelly Ayotte and Ms Collins. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    October 20, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  25. Art

    There are two possibilities. One is that this moron actually believes what he's spewing, in which case he simply doesn't understand that the vast majority of Americans think that this last debacle, engineered by the Tea Party, was precisely how Congress is not supposed to work. The second, more disturbing possibility, is that he knows he's on the fringe and is simply setting himself up for raking in the cash by pandering to the far right. Either way, he should not be in the US government because he's making things worse.

    October 20, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
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