December 12th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
4 months ago

House Democrat 'convinced' Ted Cruz will run for president

(CNN) - A House Democrat who joined Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on a congressional delegation to a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa said he has "no doubt" the Texas conservative will run for president in 2016.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said Cruz, considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate, tried to dodge the issue but admitted that he had plans to travel to states considered crucial in the early presidential nominating process.

"I asked him, was he going to New Hampshire, was he going to South Carolina, Iowa, and he said he'd probably be going to all of those places and he would be doing the things a presidential candidate would normally be doing."

"But he wouldn't say yes or no, but it was quite clear to me," Cummings said. "I have no doubt about it."

The delegation left early Monday morning to pay tribute to the iconic anti-apartheid leader at a service in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, congressional Democrats to commemorate Mandela in South Africa

Cummings also said Cruz got an earful from the almost two dozen House Democrats, mostly members of the Congressional Black Caucus, on the 20-plus hour plane ride to South Africa, as members of the caucus saw it as an opportunity to tell Cruz how they really feel.

"He so happened to be sitting beside Gwen Moore, Congresswoman Moore, who is not shy, so he was sitting beside her for some 20 hours, but all throughout we had a pretty good time on the plane to talk," he said, characterizing the atmosphere on the plane as fluid, with lawmakers talking and moving up and down the aisles.

Cummings said during the flight, he and the senator discussed their diverging opinions on President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"He said Obamacare is not the proper way to go about this and I said, ‘Well, Senator, tell me what you would do. We need to go about fixing it.’ "

Cruz, who clearly held the minority political philosophy on the plane, told CNN in a statement the conversation on the plane was "lively, spirited and productive."

"We have terrific discussions among the delegations on a host of issues."

Cruz joined the delegation despite intense criticism of Mandela from some of his supporters responding to a respectful tribute the Texas Republican issued after the leader died December 5.


Filed under: House Democrats • Ted Cruz
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Lionel

    Ted, please run. This is going to be fun and a landslide for Hillary. She may even win Texas.

    December 12, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    He actually has a chance as winning president of Somalia, as his idea of government fits right in there.

    December 12, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Um, didn't i hear he was born in CANADA??? are they just going to brush that under the rug?

    December 12, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. tom l

    So I guess the new thing here for some not-so-clever people here to post a comment using someone else's name and trying to fool people. The amazing thing is that some people actually believe it.

    So here's a clue. If Rudy or Sniffit posts something that sounds like it's something that either I or just sayin would post, then it's fake.

    Also, when either Donna or True Conservative post something that sounds like the M and M girls (Mallory and Marie), it's fake.

    This has been a public service announcement. Carry on howling at the moon.

    December 12, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. tom l

    So I guess the new thing here is for some not-so-clever people to post a comment using someone else's name and trying to fool people. The amazing thing is that some people actually believe it.

    So here's a clue. If Rudy or Sniffit posts something that sounds like it's something that either I or just sayin would post, then it's fake.

    Also, when either Donna or True Conservative post something that sounds like the M and M girls (Mallory and Marie), it's fake.

    This has been a public service announcement. Carry on howling at the moon
    =====

    I think this also bears addressing, as well. When liberals on here make comments about conservatives on here that they are being paid, it is:
    1. the most arrogant comment you can possibly make. You're basically saying that if someone doesn't agree with you that they must be being paid because they couldn't possibly think differently than you do. We all have opinions. You should respect them for being genuine.
    2. a lame and cowardly attempt at character assassination and basically makes me feel that you have lost the argument so you make weak assertions with zero foundation nor fact

    This has been another public service announcement.
    c.

    December 12, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    he has "no doubt" the Texas conservative will run for president in 2016.

    That's certainly his right, but he better be prepared to join the other losers in his party who also RAN and are now back at their day jobs of living off the government and giving useless opinions to the winner of whom they LOST to and Cruz will be no exception.

    December 12, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. MaryM

    Naaaw, the democrats are just wishing Cruz will run. He knows he does not have a chance in hell of winning the WH

    December 13, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Thomas

    Why did he go to a funeral of a man he never met , did not know , and who's beliefs he can't comprehend ?

    Joe McCarthy thought he would be president also.

    What makes me angry is no news media did a story on how much Mr Cruz personally profited on the government shutdown.

    December 13, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  9. Maximus Gilabatus

    Good, let him run, it's the best thing that Democrats could hope for.

    December 13, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  10. Sandy

    I think he will run, too. But I doubt he will make it through the primaries! The whole bunch of Tea Party candidates will ruin each others' campaigns with lies.

    December 13, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  11. Josh

    Cruz was born in Canada, ie. He can't run for president unless the law is changed.

    December 13, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  12. mike

    I hope so – Saturday night live will have tons of material

    December 13, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Mr. Cummings, you are my rep, please do not even contemplate that a Canadian, and specifically this self proclaimed messiah son of a crazy preacher Cuban, can be president.
    This rafaelito terrorist has already proven that he is nuts, he is rude and he will do everything possible to destroy the US.

    December 13, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    He probably can win the republican nomination, but he'll get destroyed in the general election. It'll probably be the biggest landslide victory in history.

    December 13, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. Donna

    A sure win for the Democrats if he gets the nomination, best thing that could happen to us, Rudy, of course I'm not drama Donna, I'm her twin sister, normality, just thought she should know how it feels to have her name tied to something she finds vile, common sense, truth,you know all the things she's not. Now she knows how I feel

    December 13, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. ST

    Cruz might run but he won't win. Where will he get 51% of votes from?

    December 13, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -smith

    @real tom-What you fail to understand is there is no real answer. People have been killing people since the begining and no amount of laws or bright ideas will stop it. A world of no violence is simply a dream. Also, I find it disturbing that liberals get all upset about gun violence, but could care less if somebody is killed violently with a object or than a gun.
    ******************
    Yes, there is a real answer: stop deifying weapons and violance. Stop wasting time doing things like passing laws and resolutions declaring the 1911 Colt 45 the state gun of Utah. We are under no illusions about having a world with no violance, but what is disturbing is your attitude about not even trying to curtail it. I also find it incredible that you think liberals give a pass on other forms of violance: liberals have long deplored the levels of violance found in our popular culture in all forms, yet conservatives for years rationalized it away in just the manner you demonstrated. You are right, no number of laws can stop violant acts, but do we have to make violance the first means of dealing with a dispute, and making it easy to reach for a gun rather than talking? No, we educate people on what the consequnces are for their acts. Are there situations that require people to use deadly force to defend themselves? Absolutely, and I would be the first person to defend someone who was genuinely threatened.Conservatives need to get back to thinking about what is good for their communities, rather than focussing so much on the individual that they forget about the rest of their obligations to society ( yes, we have obligations, whether we like it or not).

    December 13, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Ted Cruz had to go through 20 hours of flight time with a group of Democrats, most whom probably rank Cruz amongst their top ten most unfavorable conservatives list. I guess by the time he got to the memorial celebration he'd had it up to here. Curz walked out of there as he were walking out of the U.N. General Assembly. Not ready for prime time.

    So, why did he really go? You know that their had be some personal gain behind it all. If there wasn't he wouldn't have been supposedly offended to the point that he'd walk out on a speech. Oh yeah, did you notice that Cruz very conveniently also missed Pres. Obama's speech, too? If Castro had not been there, I wonder if Cruz would have walked on Pres. Obama's speech.

    December 13, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "1. the most arrogant comment you can possibly make. You're basically saying that if someone doesn't agree with you that they must be being paid because they couldn't possibly think differently than you do. We all have opinions. You should respect them for being genuine."
    -------
    It's really no different than if someone asked you. "Hey tom, have you stopped beating your wife?" It's a "gotcha" qestion – no matter how you answer, they'll retort with yet another ad hominem slur, for just the reasons you state. They're best ignored.

    December 13, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. king

    i wonder how it will look with these hateful teapartiers who has been calling our president illegitimate and wanted to impeach him saying he wasn't born in the USA. i wonder if these are the same hateful people who will vote for this guy. how great YAH is, now he is about to show that this birther fiasco was never about where Obama came from, but it was all about the color of his skin. and this will play out right in front of America and the world.

    December 13, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. current state of the union

    He's the Democrats dream come true, wondering why speaker is showing leadership now, is this the last stand? The gop moderates are smart to do this, or they jump through hoops every opportunity for a shutdown. The Koch brothers will not give up without a fight, this is a perfect opportunity for us to see who is in their bankroll currently, the ones who voted against this want our economy in ruins, the comments Romney made were telling to those listening

    December 13, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. tom l

    @Rudy
    "Ted Cruz had to go through 20 hours of flight time with a group of Democrats, most whom probably rank Cruz amongst their top ten most unfavorable conservatives list. I guess by the time he got to the memorial celebration he'd had it up to here. Curz walked out of there as he were walking out of the U.N. General Assembly. Not ready for prime time.

    So, why did he really go? You know that their had be some personal gain behind it all. If there wasn't he wouldn't have been supposedly offended to the point that he'd walk out on a speech. Oh yeah, did you notice that Cruz very conveniently also missed Pres. Obama's speech, too? If Castro had not been there, I wonder if Cruz would have walked on Pres. Obama's speech."

    ======

    Or maybe he just went to pay his respects to a great man. Pretty pathetic how much you are politicizing this. The bottom line is you have no idea other than conjecture and you are just, quite simply, a very small man for leveraging the death of a great man to score a political point with your "gang".

    December 13, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "...2. a lame and cowardly attempt at character assassination and basically makes me feel that you have lost the argument so you make weak assertions with zero foundation nor fact...."
    -------–
    Practice what you preach, tom. Put up, or shut up. You've been calling people by various names since got here. We've had enough of your hypocritical tom foolery. Now, look at you. Your taking a "i'm holier than thou" stance would be laughable if were not so hypocritical.

    December 13, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    Run for WH kitchen to be a cook?

    December 13, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair posted:

    It's really no different than if someone asked you. "Hey tom, have you stopped beating your wife?" It's a "gotcha" qestion – no matter how you answer, they'll retort with yet another ad hominem slur, for just the reasons you state. They're best ignored.
    ---------------
    Thanks, for pointing out to tom why all of his questions get ignored.

    December 13, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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