Cruz talks about 'vindication' with rocky Obamacare rollout
November 14th, 2013
01:18 PM ET
10 months ago

Cruz talks about 'vindication' with rocky Obamacare rollout

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz argued Thursday that people are starting to understand why he and other conservative activists embraced a strategy that tried to derail Obamacare this year but instead resulted in last month's government shutdown.

Speaking at the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, the Texas Republican said the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and revelations of people losing their health care insurance have led to changed feelings about his strategy.

"A few weeks ago there were lots of people - particularly in Washington - that were saying, 'Why are you guys fighting so hard on this?' And with just the passage of a few weeks, people aren't asking that anymore," he said.

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Cruz added that those who joined him in the effort are feeling "vindication" in the wake of a barrage of negative headlines about the botched Obamcare rollout.

"We've seen that those millions of Americans were right, and I wish Congress had listened to them before" people began getting cancellation notices, he said.

Asked if the shutdown was worth it, Cruz said, "Absolutely."

Among those who are changing their tune, he said, are some of the same congressional Democrats who refused to compromise on Obamacare earlier this year.

"In the last few weeks over a dozen Democrats have publicly called for delaying Obamacare in significant respects," he said, referring to some vulnerable Democrats up for re-election who want the administration to push back the deadline for enrolling in health care insurance because of the turbulent launch.

The reason they didn't support delaying parts of Obamacare earlier, Cruz said, was because "it was a simple, partisan, political decision by the White House" to let the government shut down.

"I remember in the middle of the shutdown the president invited the Republican senators to the White House. We all sat there in a room and he came out and said, 'I'm here to tell you I will not negotiate. I will not compromise on anything.' That's not a reasonable position," Cruz said.

"That's why we had a shutdown. Because the White House believed, politically, it benefited them to shut down the government."


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Asked if the shutdown was worth it, Cruz said, "Absolutely."
    -----------------------------------------
    Cough up our $24 BILLION DOLLARS!!!

    November 14, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Donna

    Republicans need to start advertising nationally about their many attempts to save this country and them from Obmaacare but at every step were thwarted by Democrats that insisted on jamming this disaster down our throats. A majority of the American people did not want this law and now more than ever do not want this disaster of a law, especially after being lied to by the Democrats and Obama.

    If a company or a person had perpetrated this massive fraud in the private sector, people would be prosecuted, convicted and jailed. The only way for the American people to get justice is to vote every lying deceitful Democrat OUT of office in 2014 & 2016.

    November 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. ClydeTheSlyde

    I thought winners revise history, but in this case a loser is doing it!

    November 14, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Warren

    Aren't you just so proud of yourself and fellow GOP'ers, that you wasted how much of taxpayers money to prove what?
    The ACA is law and it will be fixed. You have done nothing to help make it work, in fact you have done everything to make it fail.

    November 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    If every politician felt that his agenda was worth shutting down the government over, we would just as we'll have NO government.

    Some idiots would say, Great Idea. You're welcome to leave.

    November 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Guess the media jumped on his soapbox, too. CNN certainly did.

    Ah, well. Let Cruz run for President and be soundly defeated. Then we'll talk "vindication".

    Otherwise, Cruz becomes nothing more than a Sarah Palin wannabee: A journalists dream right down to jumping all over one other to repeat his "utterances" ... regardless that his utterances are contrived in advance (with the media's help).

    November 14, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. rs

    In the wacky world of the Right, I guess a glitchy federal web site IS EXACTLY the same as shutting down the government; costing the government $24 billion and; voting to crash the economy-just last month, all for nothing at all.

    Republican leaders (like Cruz) are obviously delusional.

    Here it is Mr. Cruz- tell the more than 100,000 hard working Americans who have signed up for insurance under the ACA (and the many more to follow), you feel vindicated in you attempts to keep them from health care.

    November 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    The RNC cut funding and support to roll out the law, and worked to undermine it at every turn, and scared people with death-panels. Celebrating the hostage taking and planned sabotage of our political process is sick.

    Throw in religious intolerance with hostage taking, $24B stolen, and celebrating your foe being humiliated and you pretty much have the Taliban.

    November 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Captain Awesome

    Ted Cruz was absolutely right. He tried to fight for us by funding everything BUT obamacare, but was vilified by the media. Now we're suffering the consequences of this slow motion train wreck and millions of Americans have lost their health insurance. obama has broken several promises, but this one is the worst. Keep up the good fight, Ted!

    November 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. ghostwriter

    I'm sorry....I looked for the article on Cruz's comments on why we should have to delay Obamacare and I have yet to find one where he states that we should delay Obamacare because the website wasn't ready. Can anyone help me find one?

    November 14, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. timverba

    Senator Cruz shuts down the government at a cost of $24 billion because he does not like a $600 million website, but offers no better plan to provide 50 million American citizens with affordable healthcare access.

    Let us pretend that we do take the next step with Senaotr Cruz and repeal Obamacare. What is the solution to provide the coverage to 50 million Americans without coverage. Remember, we were already paying for the high costs of emergency care prior to the enactment of Obamacare.

    November 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Swedge70

    Just in case you had forgotten that Ted Cruz is an idiot, let him open his mouth and remind you. First, web site problems do not equal failure of the law to rational people. Second, Dems didn't want to delay it out of belief that the site was going to work, not partisan politics. Third, YOU shut down the government, not the White House. Yikes.

    November 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. ghostwriter

    Donna.....Since you seem to big on not voting for liars, how do you feel about all the lies told by republicans since Nov 2008? Will you just simply not vote from now on? Or is there some secret location with Obama's real birth certificate, his muslim brotherhood membership card and death panels waiting to be uncovered by conservatives.

    November 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Warren

    "A majority of the American people did not want this law and now more than ever do not want this disaster of a law,"

    Then how did it become Law? And how did President Obama get reelected? I believe that was done by the MAJORITY....

    November 14, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. just saying

    ted cruz and all of the republicans were right and have been telling the truth to the american people.

    obama and the democrats were wrong and have been lying over and over to the american people.

    it really is as simple as that. continue to back and vote for the democrat party of lies and decit and you will have obamacare after obamacare after obamacare type laws wreck every part of our economy. you see, they actually do believe they know better how to do everything and run every aspect of your life.

    November 14, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. much thunder..little rain

    reminds me of nixons i am not a crook speech..

    November 14, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Arun

    Lets see what the fools will be saying in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years when the ACA will be in full swing!!

    November 14, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein

    And Cruz thinks he is being reasonable by doing this around a budget? That just shows he is unwilling to have any compromise on anything he wants. If he had offered things to change the law during a different time of the year, then he would have caused less of a problem with putting people out of work or costing them money.

    November 14, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. jinx9to88

    Cruz for president!! LMAO

    November 14, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. freedom

    The government shut down because :
    "We all sat there in a room and he (Obama) came out and said, 'I'm here to tell you I will not negotiate." And now look where he – and the American people are – because of the law he wouldn't negotiate about. Obama and the democrats own the shutdown – and the debacle of Obamacare. period.

    November 14, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Kinard

    Where's the shame of a nation when this kind of moron tries to shut down everything, and keep collecting a paycheck while it all crumbles down for the citizens. Wake up people. Cruz, is no one to be thought of as a hero. A political terrorist is more appropriate than any other description known to man.

    November 14, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    How many chickens you got in that basket of eggs, eh Teatrolls? Keep counting. By March 2014 you're going to be singing a different tune.

    November 14, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Richard in Houston

    This guy is a real piece work. Does he realize you just can't rewrite history and get away with it. What he has just said is not true. The president said he would talk about anything except the ACA. Cruz said nothing about what is happening now with the ACA.

    November 14, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. $$$$

    Ted Cruz is not so crazy now, huh?

    November 14, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin 2016

    True Americans with a Vision ?

    November 14, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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