March 2nd, 2014
09:05 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics: Will CPAC be the launch of Cruz 2016?

Washington (CNN) – Some advice truly is timeless. Some elections are extra special. Jeb Bush is looking hard at 2016, but many close to him have doubts. If you keep saying something over and over again and you are Joe Biden, does that make it true? And can "severely conservative" be topped?

Here are five takeaways from this Sunday’s “Inside Politics:”

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Filed under: CPAC • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Joe Biden • Ted Cruz
Cruz angers GOP colleagues - again
February 26th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz angers GOP colleagues - again

(CNN) – Several Republican senators said Wednesday they were surprised and angered after a news report revealed that their GOP colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, made a recent fundraising appeal for a tea party group that is trying to defeat GOP incumbents it doesn't believe are conservative enough.

The senators said Cruz's efforts appeared to violate his own pledge to no longer target sitting Republican senators in favor of tea party-backed candidates in the hard-fought 2014 campaign in which Republicans believe they have a chance to win back control of the Senate.

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Filed under: Senate Republicans • Ted Cruz
Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous
February 21st, 2014
02:24 PM ET
5 months ago

Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous

Washington (CNN) – The Internet is kind of like that annoying friend from college who remembers you at your sloppy drunk worst and keeps telling the stories over and over again.

While combing through 25,000 documents related to the now-closed investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, we came across this gem.

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February 21st, 2014
12:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Nugent apologizes for using term 'subhuman mongrel'

Updated 1:03 p.m.

(CNN) - Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for using the term "subhuman mongrel" to describe President Barack Obama.

"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," he said in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, who's also a CNN political commentator.
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Filed under: Greg Abbott • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz
Rand Paul: Nugent should apologize for 'offensive' words
February 21st, 2014
09:22 AM ET
5 months ago

Rand Paul: Nugent should apologize for 'offensive' words

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul says Ted Nugent owes President Barack Obama an apology.

Paul tweeted Thursday night that

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Filed under: 2016 • President Obama • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz
February 20th, 2014
08:16 PM ET
5 months ago

Perry: Nugent's comments ‘shouldn't surprise anybody'

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is playing down a controversial campaign appearance for the Lone Star State’s leading Republican gubernatorial candidate by rocker Ted Nugent, who has stirred outrage with controversial comments about President Barack Obama.

"The idea that Ted Nugent has said something that's outrageous shouldn't surprise anybody. He's been saying outrageous things for a lot of years,” Perry told Wolf Blitzer on Thursday on CNN’s "The Situation Room.”

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Filed under: Rick Perry • Ted Cruz • Texas
February 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz to CNN: Global warming not supported by data

Beaumont, TX (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions whether global warming is real, arguing that the "data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing."

"The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn't happened," said Cruz.

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Filed under: climate change • Ted Cruz
February 20th, 2014
02:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz jokes Washington would need a whole lot of 'Alka Seltzer' if he became president

Beaumont, Texas (CNN) - Can Ted Cruz imagine being in the Oval Office in 2017?

He didn't say no, but he did pause to acknowledge how much heartburn that would cause the people he likes to call the Washington establishment.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz • Texas
February 20th, 2014
08:49 AM ET
5 months ago

Cruz disagrees with Nugent, but doesn't rule out campaigning with him

Beaumont, Texas (CNN)  GOP Senator Ted Cruz told CNN he doesn't agree with 65 year old rocker Ted Nugent's explosive comments – calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" -  but the Texas Republican would not rule out campaigning with Nugent in the future.

"Those sentiments there, of course, I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing and nor would I," Cruz told CNN in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: 2014 • President Obama • Ted Cruz • Texas
February 20th, 2014
01:34 AM ET
5 months ago

Ted Cruz assails fellow Republican senators for 'trickery'

Beaumont, Texas (CNN) -  Sen. Ted Cruz  accused his own Republican leadership of  “trickery” in trying to force a “show vote” on raising the debt ceiling last week, warning Republicans will get “clobbered in the polls” for not standing up for principle.

"What Republican leadership said is we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it. And listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the - to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.

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Filed under: Congress • Ted Cruz
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