Cruz, Paul not on same page on social issues
March 19th, 2014
11:39 AM ET
5 months ago

Cruz, Paul not on same page on social issues

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz appeared to distance himself again from fellow GOP Sen. Rand Paul, this time over social values.

The first-term Republican senator from Texas, who was in Iowa Tuesday, was asked by the Des Moines Register about Paul's recent comments that Republicans should "agree to disagree" about social issues.

Cruz seemed to disagree, saying, "I think that we should continue to defend our shared values."

"There are some who say the Republican party should no longer stand for life. I don't agree with that," he also said. "There are some who say the Republican party should no longer stand for traditional marriage. I don't agree with them, either."

Paul, who's considered more libertarian-leaning than Cruz, said in an interview that Republicans will have to draw an internal ceasefire over social issues in order to expand.

"The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage," he told the website Vocativ.com. "But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don't want to be festooned by those issues."

The two senators normally line up on a range of issues. They were both elected with strong tea party support and have vowed to shake things up in Washington.

But as Cruz and Paul consider presidential bids for 2016 and fight for the conservative base, the two have made comments that further distinguish themselves in recent weeks, particularly over foreign policy and ways to broaden the Republican Party.


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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is the salvation of the Republican party? LOL!

    March 19, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Once the corporate vultures pecking at the republican party has completed its hostile takeover of republicans these ideologists will have left nothing behind but damage equal to the damage corporate America was allowed to wreck havoc on our middle class Americans these past 3 decades.

    March 19, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The one thing they can agree on is shutting down the government.

    March 19, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. freedom

    So what? This isn't news. They're both intelligent, patriotic men of integrity who would lead the country a million times better than Obama!

    March 19, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. RF

    Can someone please provide documentation as to whether or not Cruze can run for president?

    March 19, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    if Bland has any future in getting the nomination, he'll be etch-a-sketching himself to the hard line God-guns-gay mantra that the purity party demands. His wishy washy comments now mean zilch until he's called on them.

    BTW...thanks "freedom" for the lunchtime laugh

    March 19, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    What makes them patriotic is their attempt to shut down our government and get our credit downgraded? They have done a lot of damage to our country, which is a plus if you are running for office as a republican.

    March 19, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "There are some who say the Republican party should no longer stand for life. I don't agree with that," he [Cruz?] also said. "There are some who say the Republican party should no longer stand for traditional marriage. I don't agree with them, either."

    "The Republican Party is not going to give up on having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage," he told the website Vocativ.com. "But the Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don't want to be festooned by those issues."
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    I that it is Cruz speaking those first words. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to know who he's talking about saying that sort of stuff. If he's suggesting that Paul has said it, then I have either missed it, or he's lying through his teeth. It wouldn't be the first time that either one of them have twisted someone else's words.

    March 19, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    I know Tom Cruise can run for president, not sure about Ted Cruz.

    March 19, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    RF

    Can someone please provide documentation as to whether or not Cruze can run for president?
    -------
    Sure. Here's all you need to know. The left says NO and nothing you can say, do, or point out will change their mind. The right says YES, and nothing you can say, do or point out will change their mind.

    Anything else?

    March 19, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    The one thing they can agree on is shutting down the government.
    ------------------
    That was just a test run, to prove that America will still functions just as well with or without a functioning FEDERAL government. And once they have trimmed the federal government down to size, the next targets will be STATE and LOCAL governments. They will whittle away at government until the only government left is one created in their own image. The United Corporations of America.

    Sounds extreme? I just call them as I see them. If you cut away at government, there will be something to replace it.

    March 19, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    I know Tom Cruise can run for president, not sure about Ted Cruz.
    --------
    What is Tom Cruise ran for president and won, and then established Scientology as the state religion and make laws accordingly. I wonder if the Radical Right would still be in favor of a state religion?

    March 19, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Warren

    freedom
    So what? This isn't news. They're both intelligent, patriotic men of integrity who would lead the country a million times better than Obama!

    That is the funnest thing I've heard in a long time.....

    March 19, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. smith

    Cruz is a great example of what is wrong with GOP of today.

    March 19, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "Can someone please provide documentation as to whether or not Cruze can run for president?"

    Sure. Here's all you need to know. The left says NO and nothing you can say, do, or point out will change their mind. The right says YES, and nothing you can say, do or point out will change their mind.
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    You must admit that the question is valid. Cruz has boasted of never having formally filed a claim for U.S. citizenship because he was "automatically a U.S. citizen" when he was born to an American mother in Canada.

    But, why Canada? Now I'm wondering if Canadian health care is, or was, provided to immigrants, free of charge. Did mom renounce U.S. citizenship so that she could used the Canadian system for free care of her pregnancy, and later on her toddler.

    March 19, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. rs

    Their differences are not so great. As TT stated, they both are anti-government which ought to be enough to keep them from being serious candidates. Among other things they share way too many commonalities- like being shills of the rich, for punishment of the poor, and the taking of rights from minorities, gays, and women.

    Mr. Paul does have a much zazzier tie, however.

    March 19, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @freedom
    So what? This isn't news. They're both intelligent, patriotic men of integrity who would lead the country a million times better than Obama!
    --------–
    Which one would you like?
    Cruz – a conservative theocracy establishing sharia type law similar to the Taliban
    Paul – no corporate control establishing a corporate nanny state similar to wild west company slave towns

    March 19, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. rs

    Fair is Fair

    RF

    Can someone please provide documentation as to whether or not Cruze can run for president?
    ---
    Sure. Here's all you need to know. The left says NO and nothing you can say, do, or point out will change their mind. The right says YES, and nothing you can say, do or point out will change their mind.

    Anything else?
    ___________________________
    Cruz can run- he has an American citizen as a parent. By the way Fair- you guys still own the Birthers.

    March 19, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    So what? This isn't news. They're both intelligent, patriotic men of integrity who would lead the country a million times better than Obama!

    ****************
    Based upon what? They have never lead anything of any real consequence, unless you count filing pointless lawsuits at taxpayer's expense, or creating your accredation body leading anything. Btw, do you still have your Palin blow-up doll? You seemed rather excited about her the last time you posted: just wondering if its still inflated.

    March 19, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein

    I hope that if both run for the nomination and one wins that the other won't support him. I would like Cruz to win and be challenged on his eligibility to run since he wasn't born on US soil. Wasn't he born in Canada? I would like to see Paul run on the Libertarian ticket if he can't win the GOP nomination.

    March 19, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Dead Bear

    Rand seems to be on his best behavior lately while Cruz still needs to be told to stand in the corner...

    @freedom...By that statement one can only assume you think W was a better president than Obama too. Shows what you know.

    March 19, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Gunderson

    Well, Lessee,
    The Constitution guarntees us the right to Life, Liberty, and the Persuit of Happiness. So why do Reporters ask stupid questions? All Liberal's light up a Camel, then go jump off a high bridge. That should give the Liberal News Media enough fodder for the next 100 years.

    March 19, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. just me

    They actually are quite similar. They're both lousy senators who would make lousy presidents. Thank gawd neither will ever get a chance to prove it.

    March 19, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @freedom
    So what? This isn't news. They're both intelligent, patriotic men of integrity who would lead the country a million times better than Obama!

    Patriotic? Bush and Cheney abused that word so much that it's pretty much meaningless now. Men of integrity? How so? By making idiotic speeches and crazy statements to get attention? I'll take Obama and so would most of the country.

    March 19, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Darren

    What Cruz fails to understand is that no one wants the GOP / Tea Party to stop standing up for right-to-life and traditional marriage. What people want is for the GOP / Tea Party to stop trying to force their beliefs on the masses via legislation. If what some are doing can be deemed sinful, then let God judge them when their time has come. Stop trying to do His job for him.

    March 19, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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