May 7th, 2014
03:54 PM ET
8 months ago

Video: Ted Cruz pets tail-wagging pig

(CNN) - Joining in an effort to eliminate pork-barrel spending, Sen. Ted Cruz welcomed a pig named Churchill to Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Joined by fellow Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Cruz praised the group hosting the event, Citizens Against Government Waste, and said, "the culture of corruption that is rampant in Washington and sadly it is a bipartisan affair."

The Texas Republican then knelt down for a photo-op with Churchill, who was accompanied by his handler.

Someone in the audience joked, "the first time Sen. Cruz has had this picture taken with Churchill, maybe not the Churchill he was thinking of."


Filed under: Jeff Flake • John McCain • Ted Cruz
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    Best picture of Harry Reid I've seen on the Ticker!!

    May 7, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    Correction: Hairy Reid

    May 7, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    Comedians everywhere such send Cruz a gift basket. It is almost too easy.

    May 7, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Government waste you say? There's not an armed conflict Sen. McCain isn't ready to spend wrecklessly on. As far as the pig goes, send him here to Smithfield. We know exactly what do with him.

    May 7, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Name JK. SFL. VOTE THE GOP ANTI-HEALTHCARE PARTY OUT iN NOVEMBER AND THE NEW RNC CHAIRMAN CLIVE BUNDY SHOWING THEIR TRUE COLORS

    I guess all the GOP teaparty PIGS stick together , GREEN EGGS and BACON, GOP MORONS , this CLOWN makes the GOP hillbilly HICK LOIE LOIE GORMent look like a genius , well , forget it , that's impossible !!!!

    May 7, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Dan5404

    All pigs are attracted to the slop trough!

    May 7, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    CNN BREAKING NEWS:

    Paul Rand dresses himself. Ted Cruz pets a tail wagging pig.

    Yeah. I know. Popcorn time.

    May 7, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh darn ... I meant Rand Paul dresses himself. Ted Cruz pets the tail wagging pig.

    Please pass the BREAKING NEWS popcorn.

    May 7, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    List o' pork:

    Multi-billion-dollar subsidy for oil companies.
    $24 billion government shutdown cost.
    Endless Benghazi hearings.

    Let's collect those, along with taxes owed by Americans hiding their money overseas, eh Ted?

    May 7, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Nancy Pelosi is looking like she needs a wax...

    May 7, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Donna

    Obamacare would have been a more appropriate name for the pig... would just need to add more lipstick and you are there!

    May 7, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @Donna: "Obamacare would have been a more appropriate name for the pig... would just need to add more lipstick and you are there!"

    Totally swine-inine comment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reported savings of $380 million so far this year.

    Then there's folks like Julie Boonstra, the cancer patient featured in the false Koch brothers ad, who was told Obamacare was unaffordable and she's now actually saving at least $1,200 a year with her new insurance. And Obamacare is projected to cut the national deficit by over $200 billion during its first 10 years and over $1 trillion over the next two decades (CBO estimate).

    Maybe, Donna, if you put enough lipstick on, you won't sound so much like an oinker in your posts. :)

    May 7, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Gary

    You can buy a lot of pigs for $24 billion.

    May 7, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |