Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa
October 26th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
12 months ago

Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa

(CNN) - Decked out in blaze orange and tan hunting gear with a coffee in one hand and a shotgun in the other, tea party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his anti-Washington establishment tune to the Hawkeye state Saturday morning, pheasant hunting on opening day with GOP Rep. Steve King.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should “absolutely” step down, Cruz said, perched at the bar at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, eating eggs and answering questions from journalists before the hunt.

"Obamacare is a disaster. You have the well-publicized problems with the website. It just isn't working,” he said.

"This administration has turned a cold heart to the millions of Americans who are suffering, who are pushed into part-time work. There are single moms all over this country trying to feed their kids on 29 hours a week because of Obamacare, and this administration has said that there will be no relief for the people who are hurting because of this failed policy.”

Delays and incorrect information relayed to insurance companies has sparked intense criticism from Republicans over the implementation of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare initiative. House Republicans, spearheaded by Cruz, tried without success earlier this month to tie defunding or delaying the law to legislation funding the government.

The hunt kicked off with a prayer asking for safety and expressing appreciation for the Second Amendment. Cruz said he has hunted a number of other birds, including quail and dove, but Saturday would be his first time hunting pheasant. And, though he enjoys the sport, he admitted "in the world of experienced hunters I don't stack up."

Cruz's pheasant hunt in Iowa, a state crucial to presidential hopefuls, follows a speech last night at Iowa’s Reagan Dinner, further fueling speculation of his future plans. Cruz also will address an audience at the Defenders of Freedom later Saturday afternoon.

When asked about the parallels of his visit and that of former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's similar trip in 2011, Cruz called it a "dangerous comparison."

"Well you know, that's a very dangerous comparison on a lot of fronts, not least of which is that Gov. Perry is a lot better shot than I am. So I'm going to avoid making that comparison," he joked.

Cruz has not endorsed a candidate in Iowa's increasingly crowded 2014 Republican primary for the open Senate seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, though he did leave open the possibility of throwing his support behind one of the conservatives at a later date.


Filed under: Healthcare • Iowa • Steve King • Ted Cruz
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Winston Smith

    He's becoming the darling of the media. He sells copy like there's no tomorrow. If he ever gets elected to the Oval Office, the rest of us will wish there was no tomorrow.

    October 26, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Is this guy elected to public office? Folks that voted for this idiot got to be brainless guys. Very pathetic sob. I pity. America needs education. Not wars.

    October 26, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Does this idiot even know ACA is a law, now. It will not go. GOP drama on part time jobs. We need manufacturing. Next year all these idiots lose in congress–first thing democrats do is pass JOBS BILL. Non passage of this needed jobs bill is GOP idiocy, drama.

    October 26, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    "The hunt kicked off with a prayer asking for safety and expressing appreciation for the Second Amendment."

    These people, with their pandering to the cameras and audience of rubes, are so laughable.

    I mean, I realize that 25% of you out there think this is great, but you do realize the rest of us are laughing at you, right?

    October 26, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. the hippies were right

    Caption under photo should read, "over ther senator, ther's a peasant, he don't make a nuff money to count, go ahead pick um off!"

    October 26, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    I have heard that Iowa pheasants are meaner than most big game. I hope Ted had people help him get his kill.

    October 26, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    If Ted is going to talk disasters, how about his attempt to repeal Obamacare, which unnecessarily cost taxpayers $24 billion? Now that was a train wreck.

    October 26, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. jboh

    Too bad they didn't take "dead-eye" Cheney w/them.

    October 26, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. A True Conservative

    Oh dear Lord....not only does he hunt....he drinks coffee from a styrofoam cup!! Is there no end to what this man will do to harm us?

    October 26, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Name

    Put these jokers in charge for real. They won't even make t one term before govt becomes dysfunctional and the military has to take over.

    October 26, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. 333maxwell

    Hey look, it's Elmer Fudd...

    October 26, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    I hope Dick Cheney's not with him ... on second thought ...

    October 26, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Steve

    I hope he runs for President in 2016. Would be a gift to Democrats.

    October 26, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. gee

    I wish that the republicans would get a plan of their own, and not just keep on talking about the health care plan. We all know why they are doing this, it is because they don't want Obama to have his name on anything when he leave office. This is just about politics nothing about health care. All ted cruz talk about is Obamacare Obamacare why don't he fine something that he think can fit what he think is broken, and stop talking so much.

    October 26, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. nintex

    In other news, the sun comes up in the east, Cruz bashes Obamacare, rain is wet, Cruz bashes Obamacare, the sky is blue, Cruz bashes Obamacare, the Pope is Catholic, Cruz bashes Obamacare. . . . . .yawn. . . . . . .

    October 26, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Gary

    Where's the picture of them chopping the turkeys head off? Oh, thats right, that was the last Tea Party failure.
    Too bad he wasn't hunting with Dick.

    October 26, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This guy is a Democrats dream come true!

    October 26, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. John

    "...eating eggs and answering questions..." Did they happen to be green?

    October 26, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. John F

    These so-called hunters are cowards. Do it like the Africans and get a spear, give the animal a chance to win.

    October 26, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Tom

    What do Dick Cheney and President Obama have in common? They both promote no-bid contracts to rhe

    October 26, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Tom

    Both Cheney and Obama promote no-bid contracts for important national initiatives.

    October 26, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Gallum

    Ted Cruz for 2016!

    October 26, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. nintex

    I'm not bashing hunting (my family hunts), but nothing warms the hearts of the NRA and tea party people like a gun nestled lovingly in the hands of an orange hunting vest-toting conservative politician. Could Cruz have chosen a more stereotypical pose? Suitable for framing, folks!

    October 26, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Mike in Texas

    My wife's medical insurance premiums are unchanged from last year. The coverage is the same too. Same deductible, same out of pocket expense and same subsidy provided by the company to offset half of the deductible. So for those who are saying their rates have skyrocketed and the company is blaming Obamacare are either A) lying that their rates went up or B) their employer is lying about why they are raising their costs.

    October 26, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. jefflz

    Ted Cruz is the Mussolini of US politics. He appeals to the masses of Fox News simpletons by stirring hateful emotions against Obama, our first black, and at the same time promising economic justice by punishing the poor. What these people do not understand just as the starving workers and unemployed soldiers did not understand in pre-war Italy is that Cruz – like his model, Mussolini- is a megalomaniac and servant of the very wealthy and large corporations (tinged of course with a bit of Christian fundamentalism). As Sinclair Lewis said, " When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross". The Tea Party and Ted Cruz signal the increasing threat of American Fascism as a political reality. It can happen here.

    October 26, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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