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. Gurgyl

    I think Ted Cruz nomination is great news for Democrats. "No fool ever votes for that guy". He is pants wearing Sarah Palin.

    October 31, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Data Driven

    I'm surprised this now firmly right-wing site would be interested in what Harry Reid has to say, though I suppose since he's talking about Cruz, they decided to post the article.

    October 31, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Gunderson

    Don't count chickens befoer hatch.

    October 31, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Lizzie

    The only thing Sen.Reid cares, is making sure he gets his entitlement, let the rest of the country eat crow.

    October 31, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    I'l give you this much Harry – you Dems are VERY good at politics and spin – not so great at governing or moving the nation forward – but politics you have down pat!

    October 31, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate, said that Cruz "stands for everything America doesn't."
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    I agree with Sen. Reid. There is an element within the right wing that wraps itself in the American flag, but they are anything but patriotic. They seem to want to destroy the democracy that we have and reshape it into something that is anything but a democracy. They want a new order that is a hybrid of oligarchy, plutocracy, and a some fantasy theocracy that has no basis in any religion that I am familiar with. They call this false religion "values" or "Ideals".

    October 31, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. smith

    Cruz 2016? Yeah right, I think the GOP learned their lesson with Palin. Cruz isn`t going to be around much longer in the world of politics. Christie/Rubio is a safe bet for 2016.

    October 31, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. ST

    Please Sen. Reid, don't say that loudly. We need Cruz so badly. He might change his mind.

    October 31, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He said the reason he has traveled to early voting states is because he's trying to "make the case to the American people...
    -------------------------------------------------
    Thatt's an incomplete sentence. Let me finish it out for you:
    ...that he should be their man in 2016.

    Would he could he with a turd?
    Would he could he with a herd?
    I do not like green eggs and ham
    I do not like them Sam I am.

    October 31, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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,"
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    So evidently Harry you think that it is important for the country to have a two-party system.
    Understandable.
    However for the past five years we're starting to think that that second party should not be the Teatard infested GOP.
    They are not here for the good of America.
    They are in it for what they cn get for themselves and to take care of the millionaires and billionaires that fund them and thusly call the shots within the Party.
    So let Turd Cruz run and let the chips (pun intended!) fall where they may I say.

    October 31, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. A True Conservative

    You mean Senator Ted Cruz – the one who told us that Obamacare would e a disaster? The one who tried in vain to get you to delay implementation? The one that you called a fool and wouldn't listen to? The one that was right all along? That Ted Cruz?

    October 31, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. S. B. Stein

    Senator Cruz doesn't seem to understand that shutting down the government is a bad thing. There are many people that rely on the government to get things done; contrators who do things for the government and the people who receive benefits. There are other countries and companies that need the functions that the government does. How does he not see that?

    October 31, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. The conservative ideology is not about a man.........although it seems the Dem ideology has become not only about a man, but about dictatorship in America, as well.

    October 31, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. rs

    I am not sure I'd agree with Mr. Ried. Mr. Cruz certainly is divissive and destructive, and voting for America to default on the financial obligations agreed to by Congress calls his sense of priorities into question (as does his support for the GOP's shutdown of the government and his ongoing battles over the settled ACA), but the end of the GOP?
    My first reaction is what will happen in 2014? At current rate of burn, the GOP is going even harder to the right with ever more racist (and frankly stupid candidates and party operatives), more radical anti-democratic bills and actions, and with no solutions or accomplishments to build upon. They are now a party of chaos and breakage- not leadership and inspiration. Can they make it to 2014? If Mr. Cruz is the party's chosen one for the Presidency in 2016 (a long way off), they will lose in record fashion- and that might actually save the GOP because they will have to analyze where all this went wrong, and fix their petty revolutionary illness.

    October 31, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Actually, when Americans realize that republicans lied about the ACA, and are at war with; the poor, seniors, veterans, middle class students, minorities, government, the environment, the GOP will be completely destroyed. And, it could not happen to a more deserving band of domestic terrorists.

    October 31, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. marcwinger.com

    Doesn't Cruz stand for fiscal sanity & adherence to the Constitution? How is that "standing for everything America doesn't"? Reid is known for his untruths. Well known.

    October 31, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Data Driven

    @A True Conservative,

    "Obamacard would be a disaster"

    Prove?

    ( Hint: unverifiable personal anecdotes aren't proof. Studies utilizing established statistical methodology are.)

    October 31, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. MaryM

    No, No Harry, You are suppose to support the Carnival McCarthy Cruz for the GOP nomination in 2016. That’s how it works

    October 31, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. rs

    A True Conservative

    I'l give you this much Harry – you Dems are VERY good at politics and spin – not so great at governing or moving the nation forward – but politics you have down pat!
    --------–
    And what motivates the Right TC? You're group tried to take down the government, wreck the economy and blew up $24 billion dollars- just this month alone!
    At least Democrats are trying to do something good for America and Americans. The GOP certainly can't.

    October 31, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. smith

    @Tampa Tim- Obama was the one who lied about the ACA. Which has been a failure better hope for a turnaround or the dems will pay in 2014.

    October 31, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Rick McDaniel – Would you share with us your idea of 'true conservatism?' By the way, the republican flavor of the week is the word, 'dictator.' Last week it was 'socialist.'

    October 31, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Not really. The conservative ideology is not about a man.........although it seems the Dem ideology has become not only about a man, but about dictatorship in America, as well.
    __________________
    Oddly Rick, you're wrong again. And I must note, the Republican ideology seems to be most about women, and imitating the Taliban's take on women. The GOP seems determined to take away their civil rights, medical rights, and voting rights. Why for you guys, its 1850 all over again.

    October 31, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    If Messiah Cruz stood for fiscal sanity, he would not have orchestrated the government shut down which added another $24 billion to our national debt. As for adherence to the constitution, there is more to it than a second amendment. Republicans can not govern, but they can vote against women's rights.

    October 31, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. rs

    marcwinger.com

    Doesn't Cruz stand for fiscal sanity & adherence to the Constitution?
    _______________
    Suuuure he does. Shutting down the government, attempting to wreck the economy and holding the budget hostage over laws he doesn't like is in what article of the Constitution, again?

    October 31, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "I think the GOP learned their lesson with Palin. "

    Think again. The GOP/Teatrolls have learned absolutely nothing other than the fact that the more nontroversy they can generate while screaming "liberal bias" to cow the MSM, the more they will get gloss-over, whitewash, free-pass reporting from the MSM about their constant barrage of dogmatic ideological tomfoolery, misinformation campaigns and nonsense talking points that result in damage to the economy, the middle-class, etc....not to mention a complete turning of the blind eye to the racism/bigotry running rampant through their ranks.

    October 31, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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