Reid: Cruz 2016 nomination would destroy GOP
October 31st, 2013
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Reid: Cruz 2016 nomination would destroy GOP

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says in some ways, he hopes Ted Cruz becomes the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

"If I didn't care so much about our country, I would hope he would get the Republican nomination for president, because that would mean the end of the Republican Party," the Nevada Democrat said about the freshman senator from Texas on Wednesday night in an interview on MSNBC.

Cruz, a favorite of tea party supporters and other grassroots activists, was a ringleader among a group of conservative lawmakers who tied their push to defund or dismantle Obamacare with the funding of the federal government. Their standoff with congressional Democrats and the White House resulted in this month's 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government.

Even though polling indicates the standoff hurt the GOP's image more than the Democrats', Reid said in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that he thought the shutdown will help Cruz with fundraising.

"With Ted Cruz, I am sure this will help him raise more money."

Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate, said that Cruz "stands for everything America doesn't."

Cruz is considered a possible contender for the 2016 GOP nomination. Last week he made his third trip this year to Iowa, and next week he heads back to South Carolina, two crucial early voting states in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

Asked about his political plans in an interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash after the end of the government shutdown, Cruz said he's focused "entirely" on his job in the U.S. Senate. He said the reason he has traveled to early voting states is because he's trying to "make the case to the American people."

As for reports that Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma earlier this week called Reid an a–hole, the Senate Majority Leader said, "I'm sure he didn't mean it," adding that, "We had a meeting. It's all over with."

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Harry Reid • Ted Cruz
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Lincoln still features in a lot of GOP-talk today. "

    Indeed...and it's almost universally cringe-worthy. You either get treated to them pointing at Lincoln and him "freeing the slaves" as their argument to minorities as to why the GOP is the party that "really" cares about minorities OR you get the confederate-flag-waving south shall rise again ingrained redneck hatred for the man because he stomped down a traitorous revolt and stopped slavery. There seems to be no happy medium for them with respect to the guy.

    October 31, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Winston Smith

    I hope they do pick him to be their banner carrier. He's the perfect republican, if there ever was one.

    October 31, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Ol' Yeller

    "As for reports that Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma earlier this week called Reid an a–hole..."

    Liberal name callers?
    Coburn is a Senator from my state and that really takes the cake that he has the audacity to call anyone an a-hole.
    Have I told ya'll my theory on republicant projection?

    October 31, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. rs

    tom l

    @Sniffit

    "$24B 100% wasted on a GOP/Teatroll shutdown tantrum in an attempt to blackmail their way around the November 2012 election results – Barely a whisper in the MSM."

    Really, you're far too intelligent to use a silly, phoney talking point like that. You know that number represents almost nothing other than a big talking point. 24 billion wasted, huh? How? Was that 24 billion in revenue? 24 billion out of a 14+ trillion economy? That means less than .002% of the economy. Please, dude. You don't like when repubs throw out false talking points and that means you shouldn't do it either. Why are you trying to fake out the other side with a meaningless stat like that?

    Oh, and my insurance was completely changed even though I work for a large corporation. So, I guess that talking point about only affecting someone who gets insurance privately is false.
    ________________________
    Tom- let's nip this BS in the bud- name one thing positive the GOP has done for America in the last few years. Just one. Your "critiques" of the Left (such as it is) are vapid and withering. I suggest you look at the horrific carnage produced on the Right just this month, and explain how that attracts voters.

    October 31, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. HeavyMetal

    It appears Harry Reid is shaking in his boots.

    October 31, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Wow,
    Rudy NYC
    What arer they feeding you up there in NYC? You say the Republician's want to destroy democracy? God God do you really believe that? In many cases Republician's build business and hire people to make a better life for themselves
    ----------------------
    It is not a matter of belief. Republican politicians have spoken their intentions quite clearly. The Paul clan wants to get rid of the Federal Reserve. Rick Perry wants to get rid of a few major departmetns in the government. Too many to mention politicians have advocated repealing or revising several Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, particularly the 14th.

    Santorum has come out said that he thinks the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state is wrong, and conservatives everywhere seem to agree with him. In fact, the entire right wing seems to think that the Bill of Rights begins with the 2nd Amendment. Finally, there is this prevailing opinion that corporations are people,which they aren't. People have the right to vote, and thankfully corporations don't, at least not yet.

    October 31, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Hector Slagg

    Wow,
    Rudy NYC
    What arer they feeding you up there in NYC? You say the Republician's want to destroy democracy? God God do you really believe that? In many cases Republician's build business and hire people to make a better life for themselves. However the Liberal
    Liberal's want to take a shortcut and Tax business more and just hand it to people without working. Open your eyes (Rudy). Because of Liberal Politics and Policies tha last 100 years we are where? Look at the current situation in the country. Is that what you want more of? If so, good luck.
    ***************
    Its amazing that Hector is so easy to feed misinformation to. I told him that liberals really started to take over 100 years ago, and not 80, like he was previously stating, and he fell for it, hook, line and sinker. When it fits the narrative, they will believe anything.

    October 31, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Really, you're far too intelligent to use a silly, phoney talking point like that. You know that number represents almost nothing other than a big talking point. 24 billion wasted, huh? How? Was that 24 billion in revenue? 24 billion out of a 14+ trillion economy? That means less than .002% of the economy.[etc]"

    Phony? Everyone but the truest of the true-believing RWNJs acknowledges that the shutdown cost the economy $24B and caused estimates of economic growth to be revised downward for the 4th quarter by about 1%. For someone who supports ranting and raving about the gov't spending tens of millions spent in taxpayer money on things you don't like, as if it represents tens of millions sucked out of the economy (even though the gov't is spending it right back into the economy), you should be much more careful about trying to pooh-pooh something that is universally accepted as economic fact. The GOP/Teatrolls damaged the economy by $24B with their shutdown. Period. It's not debatable. Perhaps you can find some fluctuation in the estimates, but $24B is the generally accepted number. Tourism was hit, spending by federal employees was hit, small businesses were broad-sided by paused/stalled government contracts (and they won't be getting back pay), consumers in general measurably cut back on spending, etc. These things are facts and measurable and quantifiable by experts in the field.

    Conversely, $350M spent on the website or the money spent on food stamps...those are spent INTO the economy. See the difference? Of course you do...which is why I expect another desperate tirade trying to deny it.

    October 31, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Scott

    YOu should know all about it Harry, Obama,Pelosi, you and the Democrats have been doing a good job destroying this country over the last few years.

    October 31, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    You know... in that photo, Harry looks like he just had an unsuccessful 2 hours on the throne.

    October 31, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. yrag

    I PRAY Republicans are so short-sighted and stupid enough to nominate that self-serving Jackass!

    October 31, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    HeavyMetal

    It appears Harry Reid is shaking in his boots.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Really? How so?

    October 31, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. smith

    @Lynda-Time to come back to earth. The GOP wants nothing to do with cruz, he is running to the media. I know you want cruz to run because he is so unpopular but that is why he won`t even stand a chance. 2016, obama is gone and the next potus will be either Christie or Hil-dogg Clinton.

    October 31, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    "Was that 24 billion in revenue? 24 billion out of a 14+ trillion economy? That means less than .002% of the economy. Please, dude. "

    600 million (a made up number by the way) for the ACA website was the end of the world to tom I 2 days ago. He rung his hands and cried his big alligator tears about the wasteful spending of the Dems, but when it is pointed out how much his te abagg er buddies cost the country at this same time then the above is what you get.
    Calling these peple hypocrites just does not seem to be appropriate as they seem to have no memory or conscience. I am now seeing why President Obama insisted on these new insurance policies covering mental illness because some folks are just so obviously living their daily lives outside of reality.

    October 31, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. ghostwriter

    Nope, the only thing conservatives learned from 2008-2012 is that whoever can scream "I hate Obama" the loudest will get center stage. The problem, especially in 2012 was that once these folks got the stage, they had nothing else to say. Bachmann, Perry, Newt, Cain, Santorum, etc had nothing. Romney at the very least could string together a sentence and Paul the Senior is so out there that he blew his chances before it even started.

    Cruz and the gang have ceased on that fact. Screaming the loudest. And sure, it appeals to the mouth breathers, the staunchly conservative and those who really do hate the president ( I won't hazard a guess as to why). But to those that matter, the independents, they don't come off as anything more than nutjobs.

    I don't think a Cruz nomination will change anything for republicans. We've seen them simply double and triple down on their gameplan. Stall, obstruct, delay, filibuster, block, deny, resist and if all else fails, fight against logic, reason, sanity and even their own beliefs if it will in any way hinder Obama. So what makes anyone think they will stop any time soon?

    October 31, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Flagship, NC

    Get them Harry! Get them good!

    October 31, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. DannyTV

    Run Ted Run...
    I nominate Rand Paul for his running mate. That would seal the crypt forever!

    October 31, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Swedge70

    Headline: Reid: Cruz 2016 nomination would destroy GOP
    Sub-headline: Duh

    October 31, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Scott

    YOu should know all about it Harry, Obama,Pelosi, you and the Democrats have been doing a good job destroying this country over the last few years.
    -------------------
    How so? You see the problem is that the right wing refuses to acknowledge the fact that George W. Bush turned a $350 billion annual budget surplus into a $1.4 trillion annual budget deficit. The right wing denies reality by blaming Democrats for the financial collapse and the home mortgate crisis. Do a web search for this " American Dream Downpayment Initiative "

    October 31, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ smith

    What I want is for there to be two viable political party's. I also understand how primaries in Red State America work. The two are not compatible. As long as Cruz is in the limelight, the one (Cruz) will win. I am also not so sure Chris Christie is or will be in the running. Nor do I think he is as viable a candidate as political pundits suggest he is. Hillary? Perhaps.

    Do I want Cruz to run for president? Absolutely. It will once and for all end the TeaParty reign on American politics. And in my humble opinion, that will be the best thing to happen in "real" America to date.

    Oh, by the way. Try not to fault me for GOP candidates not going anywhere anytime soon. I don't vote for them.

    October 31, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    @tom l,

    "Oh, and my insurance was completely changed even though I work for a large corporation."

    Everyone is making a lot of claims on their personal insurance without going into a lot of specifics. Not saying you or anyone else is a liar, but without a cost/coverage comparison, it's impossible to respond to such claims.

    I'll await formal studies with proper analysis. Anecdotes aren't data.

    October 31, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. TONE

    @ Rick
    It seem like the only big word you can spell is dictatorship, you use it so often to describe our great President.

    October 31, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    I'm surprised that tom I didn't claim that he tried to sign onto the website and and a big guy named Guito came over and kneecapped him with a ball bat saying, "Listen fella... see, we are tired of what you keep posting on the MSM... see. Either you quit talking bad about the Dems or I'll pay you another visit... see."
    About as believable coming from that water carrier....

    October 31, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    I'll await formal studies with proper analysis. Anecdotes aren't data.
    -------------------------–
    You do realize that you are dealing with someone who is just a few years out of high school, don't you?

    October 31, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. cumulus

    Fair, he was talking a lot about Cruz, that would make anyone want to crap, whether they can or not

    October 31, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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