August 1st, 2012
09:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Would more tea party-backed senators mean more gridlock?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas GOP upstart Ted Cruz claimed victory Tuesday with a familiar tea party rallying cry.

"Millions of Texans and Americans are rising up to reclaim our country, to defend liberty and to restore the Constitution," he told supporters.


Filed under: Senate • Tea Party • Texas
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    The Tea Party absolutely wants to destroy our federal government. We've seen it in the House of Representatives and and addition of them to the already dysfunctional Senate would be a disaster. The Republican Party is gone – replaced with a cult of angry, white radicals with no actual concept of what it takes to run a modern government. They are about hate, bigotry, and fear.

    August 1, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Darryl

    Yea, This guy Cruz ? He is exactly like Castro in Cuba to the T. The Republican Party would like us Americans under a Socalistic Rule and control just like Cuba has.Thats actually what their goal is. This guy Cruz is very dangerious and should not be allowed in the congress at all. I watched an interview with him today and he said he would make thing even more tough for the Republican movement on Stopping everything everything from the President. He would help get rid of the moderate Republicans who did NOT see things his way. He is VERY DANGERIOUS !

    August 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another wanna be member of the 'bat crap crazy caucus' of Bachmann, King, Mike Kelly,and Trent Frank..

    August 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    sorry Mr. Cruz but winning here in the great Red state of Texas means nothing for the whole nation so don't take your money bought victory here as a sign. Just look at what the state of Texas has sent or has tried to send to Washington from Rick Perry to Tom Delay with Louie Gohmmert and Joe Barton along with Shelia Jackson Lee and you'll fit right in with the misfits that represent this state. PITIFUL!

    August 1, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. William

    Gridlock? Perhaps they will now actaully read the bills before voting on 'em. A step in the right direction.

    August 1, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  6. wendy b.

    Definitely! These politicians are more interested in outlawing abortions, suppressing voting rights, busting unions & apparently ending democracy as we know it in this country. Personally, I am fed up with them! I think that the only way this country will solve the huge problems of today is to keep a democratic majority in the senate (hopefully enlarge it to a fillibuster proof one) and get a democratic majority in the house! The tea party has shown they are incapable of governing, they act like children and cannot lead in a crisis!

    August 1, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    The Tea Party are domestic terrorists, just like their parent party, the GOP. Anyone who supports either of them equates to giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

    August 1, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. dave

    its not even grid lock it just means that they will be added to the rest of the tea party which only plays to the cable news cameras without doing any of the peoples business. if you look at the tea party and count on one hand what they have done for the american people you would still have uncounted fingers left. there will just mean we will have more congressman will to throw more americans under the bus just to serve their ideolgy!

    August 1, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    Is good to see Democrats are still taking advantage to be up to their old tricks of putting fear, doubt in voter's minds, same old tricks, same old warning, kind of like that little salesman voice playing with your mind but you know he is not being honest.

    August 1, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. g

    palin,cheney,tea party romney–the republican party has gone nuts-what do they want a civil war

    August 1, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that most people would realize that is yes. If the tea-publicans continue to refuse to compromise, then that stops the Congress from acting on the business of the American people. It can't be their way or the highway because that keeps things from getting done.

    August 1, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    More Tea party members good for the nation they will shut down the DC

    August 1, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. rla

    Are you kidding??? The only thing that will end the gridlock is fewer Democrats! Get over it the tea Party concepts are what America want not the democratic foolishness of the last four years

    August 1, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Jane

    Jesus Dana, do we really have to answer that question for you? Oh, and congrats on carrying on the totally biased for the Republican Party 'journalism' in John's absence. Oh, this upsets you and seems unfair? Well, we'll just have to leave it there........

    August 2, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Yes unless Republicans ( or democrats) have 61 Votes in the senate and a house majority!!
    Neither of the above is likely and Republicans have taught Democrats just how to screw up, delay, prevent anything from passing, unless you as any party have a majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate.
    QED someone, somewhere re-wrote the checks and balances rules in a way thats fundamentally wrong... It matters not who did it or which party. But America and its people needs a functional system of democracy, that allows the winning party to democratically pass legislation it proposes... if its too radical right or left wing it should fail by representatives and senators ( of any party to object with enough votes) and be able to hop sides so to speak and force some reconcilatory debate in committee to move forward.
    Which is why I am totally upset( PO'ed) with any politician who signs a pledge with any PAC on anything. I expect all senators and Reps to vote the nations as a whole bests interests ( not pure ideology), and where appropriate to rally to a minorites need for protection against any form of discrimination be it social, employment, religious or whatever where basic freedoms ( and ability to pursue happiness) vary for minorities.

    August 2, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. JohnS

    You all talk like Grid Lock is a BAD thing. You're WRONG! It SHOULD be hard to make a federal law. The ease at which bills that are hundreds(or thousands) of pages long, which will generate regulations thousands and thousands of pages long it a large part of what has gone wrong in D.C. In many states, their constitutions require each law to cover only one topic. Just think how much lower the national debt would be it that was required in Wash. D.C.

    August 2, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Marry

    –Would more tea party-backed senators mean more gridlock?–
    –Does the sun rise in the east?–
    Funny question CNN…where have you been the last years???

    August 2, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. amf140

    The only reason that there is gridlock in the Senate is because that's the only way to block Obama's radical agendas. Actually, it has been amazing what the Senate Republicans have been able to do over the past 3+ years. Withput their heroic efforts – we would definitey be over the cliff.

    August 2, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  19. glynn

    Who are they reclaim the country from?

    August 2, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  20. G Foster

    Gotta love gridlock. I think it shows rather good sportsmanship by the GOP/tea party to allow third world countries to catch up with us economically. Don't you?

    August 2, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  21. exrepublican

    More gridlock, more insanity and us sane people can blame faux news. People like Cruz are not concerned with facts. They dream up fantasies in their pea brains and live by them. They "feel" like they are doing the right thing. You can shove facts under their nose and they say, "oh, I don't know". Then they go on chasing their fantasy as if their are NO facts. Fuax news controls these people and the people are clueless. Get rid of faux news and this country might have a chance. In other words... We are doomed.

    August 2, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. wgf

    "Politicians cut deals; principled conservatives deliver,"

    And what they deliver is political paralysis, a government incapable of functioning because a signiifcant part of the elected body refuses to actually participate in governing. They are thugs, masquerading as patriots.

    August 2, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  23. Cathy

    Just what alexithymic Mitt needs right now; another right wing nut putting an even heavier pair of cement shoes on Mitt's feet. Only 96 days to Nov 6 and the TEA PARTY still has Mitt running like a gerbil inside a wheel.

    August 2, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  24. A Kickin` Donkey

    The underlying assumption is that the Democrats are punks that will roll over and take it.

    President Obama is a new type of Democrat – – the kind that the GOP can`t phuck with. You can call it "Chicago-style" if you want to but if the Republicans pull a knife, Under Obama, the Democrats will PULL A GUN.

    So, it matters not if more TeaParty Senator join. If they think they can stomp their feet and bully their way along, the Democrats will have to stiffen and pimp slap them back into reality.

    August 2, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |