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. Tampa Tim

    smith – So there are republican truths : death panels, government takeover of health care, ACA will bankrupt us even though the CBO says it will save us a trillion in the next decade? Obama lied because you could no longer keep your worthless junk policy.

    October 31, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. rs

    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.
    ____________
    Remember "Death Panels? Remember the IRS would be administering your healthcare? Remember Congress was "excempt" from the ACA? Those were the lies the Right started with- and they have grown daily. Instead of trying to actually fix anything, the Right has simply settled for wreckage. They tried to wreck the Presidency ("one term"!); they tried to wreck the budget process; they tried to wreck the legislative process (445 filibusters in 5 years- more than any other time in American History!).
    The GOP is one big lie.

    October 31, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Denise

    Dems are always going to pay according to dittoheads who listen incessantly to clowns like Limbaugh and Beck. You might want to check in with the likes of Newt and the Koch brothers on their return on investment last go round.

    October 31, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. 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.
    ________________
    Oh, I dunno. You guys have always had a thing for Reagan. Lincoln still features in a lot of GOP-talk today. Shoot, I've always thought you guy's peak was Theodore Roosevelt. The sad thing is that Cruz wouldn't be a suitable patch for any of those past Republican's socks, much less be President of the United States. Mediocrity is where your party is at today- but shoot, that's cause it can't DO anything.

    October 31, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ---------------
    The predominant strain fo "conservative ideology" is all about creating a utopia for theocratic aristocrats.

    October 31, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. 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.

    ONE EIGHTIETH (1/80th) of $24B used to create a fixable website that will eventually provide the portal through which millions of uninsured Americans will finally obtain health insurance – Tunnel-visioned, constant focus on and free broadcasting of every little criticism, talking point, vitriolic tirade and kangaroo court hearing the GOP/Teatrolls generate as if nothing else is going on in the universe.

    The MSM/GOP/Teatroll symbiosis is on full display.

    October 31, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    ***********
    Soooooo, forcing insurance companies to provide you with better policies, because the older ones don't meet the higher standards of the ACA is somehow a bad thing?

    October 31, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    So, people are upset at the prospect of the Lone Star Mussolini becoming the 2016 nominee? How can that be? With a few words, he can shut down the government and cost us 24 billion dollars just to prove a point. Now, THAT'S impressive. Who cares about actually doing something when you can reinvent the government, Constitution and our society into a real-life Ayn Rand/Hunger Games fantasy just by doing nothing? Ajh, the power of conservative apathy and ignorance.

    October 31, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Cruz 2016? Yeah right, I think the GOP learned their lesson with Palin."

    Well, no. The GOP hasn't yet learned their lesson, nor will they as long as they keep running to the media to keep Cruz in the headlines.

    BTW: don't count on Christie/Rubio either. Neither will they make it past the primaries. 2012 brought in a new media wave of corporate media news ratings. THEY are not about to let politics slide back into a groove of regular folks wanting to help other like minded regular folks.

    Doubt me? Consider why CNN has yet to give us much (if any) coverage of GOP governors who are going to be facing primary challenges come 2014. Kasich. Walker. Snyder. Scott. NONE have been ... well, highlighted on the ticker. Nor will they, until they start primping and throwing out clown car red meat talking points.

    The GOP is now All. About. Ted Cruz. until further notice.

    October 31, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Soooooo, forcing insurance companies to provide you with better policies, because the older ones don't meet the higher standards of the ACA is somehow a bad thing?"

    Of course it is! It's cramping their social Darwinism, brosef!

    October 31, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Gunderson

    Big Problem. Ted Cruz speak truth harry Reid speak with forked tongue. You no like Cold Hard Facts of Life. OK, it's your Funeral. Old Harry wan stick hand in your pocket. You like? Maybe Harry go play in traffic, no?

    October 31, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. rs

    Soooooo, forcing insurance companies to provide you with better policies, because the older ones don't meet the higher standards of the ACA is somehow a bad thing?
    ______________________
    Exactly-
    The GOP would rather destroy the economy, than build economic stability, which in turn is what business has been screaming for to help end the wretched economy the GOP gave us in 2008. They are addicted to their chaos.

    October 31, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    @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."

    If President Obama really is a dictator, then why doesn't he just execute all his political enemies? Because that's what dictators do, y'know.

    October 31, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Thomas

    @ Rick McDaniel , A True Conservative

    The federal government's latest annual deficit is the smallest it's been since 2008, according to Treasury Department data released Wednesday.

    At $680 billion, the fiscal 2013 deficit is 51% less than it was in 2009, when it hit a record high nominally of $1.4 trillion.

    GW Bush , Two wars , creator of the largest deficit in American history , leading America into the second largest depression in American history .
    Teddy Cruz and Randy Paul " Aqua buddha Buddies "
    GREEN EGGS AND HAM

    October 31, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. rs

    Gunderson

    Big Problem. Ted Cruz speak truth harry Reid speak with forked tongue. You no like Cold Hard Facts of Life. OK, it's your Funeral. Old Harry wan stick hand in your pocket. You like? Maybe Harry go play in traffic, no?
    __________________
    Explain again, oh language challenged one, how blowing $24 billion helped the American Debt, Deficit or the economy? You're blind as a bat, sir!

    October 31, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @rs " dictatorship in America"

    You may want to check the dictionary (the real one – not the Fox one). I don't think passing a law through Congress and having it vetted in the Supreme Court is how a dictatorship works.

    Actually I think Cruz should absolutely run. And all his followers should carry signs that use the terms "anti-dictator", "birther", "creationism", and "benghazi". It would be the biggest win in history for liberals in that election.

    October 31, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. wendel

    Harry has never been shy about speaking his mind and I think he is correct on this. While a block of really crazy voters would back cruz the majority of the country will be appalled at the idea. The party is in a mess right now this would make it much worse. The republican brand has now become loonies like palin paul cruz and the ever present faux network featuring some of the crazies people like limbaugh and colter. They need to regroup , This is not comedy central but our country they keep playing with.

    October 31, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. smith

    @tom and sniffles- some people might have liked their policy and they are being forced to pay more. Obama said, " If you like your current policy you can keep it". LIE.

    October 31, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    @rs: "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."

    You are naive if you think the GOP will ever be honest with itself. Look at the people in the party: Money is king, their God is petty, they yammer on about "freedom," but want nothing more than to control others by forcing on them their supposed "values." Add to that their policies don't work and what do you have left? Nothing but arrogance and pride – and that's something that most desperate, wrong, destructive people NEVER give up, at least not as a group.

    The GOP will continue to marginalize itself with the only chance for survival being to jettison the tea bags off into their own party with their own name so the GOP can go back to being more moderate. That process will take a very long time.

    As a Democrat, I couldn't be happier.

    October 31, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    @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."

    If President Obama really is a dictator, then why doesn't he just execute all his political enemies? Because that's what dictators do, y'know.
    ******************
    I'm sure Ricky is waiting for that. Just remember, this is the man who stated Lincln was the worst president in history because he refused to allow the South to secede, so, needless to say, reality and Ricky are not acquainted.

    October 31, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. 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.

    October 31, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gunderson

    Big Problem. Ted Cruz speak truth harry Reid speak with forked tongue. You no like Cold Hard Facts of Life. OK, it's your Funeral. Old Harry wan stick hand in your pocket. You like? Maybe Harry go play in traffic, no?
    ************
    I just felt my pocket, and my money is still there. Still trying to play the unnamed ethnic type, Ray, along with saying that liberals have been running things for the last hundred years? How did those tax cuts benefit you, Hector? Was your job created because of a tax cut? Now, come out of the street BEFORE the garbage truck hits you again, Gunderson.

    October 31, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. smith

    @Denise-Slow down on your msnbc kool-aid. Dems got smashed in 2010, a little better 2012, and I said if the aca doesn`t turnaround they will get smashed again. That`s common sense.

    October 31, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. 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.

    October 31, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "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."
    ----------------------------------
    The worst part about conservatives screaming and yelling "MSM liberal bias" is the hypocrisy that's behind it. Most of the people yelling it don't even realize that 90% of the media in this country is owned and operated by conservatives.

    October 31, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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