October 16th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Video: Cruz: Senate Republicans should have followed House Republicans

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash asks Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, how he feels about the new Senate deal.

BASH: As you well know, you have a lot of fellow Republicans really downright angry at you because, here we are, almost three weeks later, the strategy that you started out on to defund Obamacare as part of funding the government. They never thought it was going to work because the votes aren't there. And here we are, reopening the government after a lot of bruising political warfare internally, and you got nothing for it.

CRUZ: Well, Dana, respectfully, I disagree with the premise of that. I think we have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. The scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything, and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything.

We saw, first of all, millions upon millions of Americans rise up all over this country. Over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare. We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people, that everyone in official Washington, just weeks earlier, said would never happen. That was a remarkable victory to see the House engage in a profile of courage.

Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House. And in particular, we saw real division among the House of Representatives. That was unfortunate. I would point out that had Senate Republicans united, and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would've been very, very different. I wish that had happened, but it did not.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. 1twinsfan

    What an Elmer Gantry speech.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Bill

    It is clear that Cruz is a principled man who isn't afraid to fight for what he believes is right, even if it may be unpopular. That is called leadership. He has my support.

    October 16, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Does Texas have a recall provision?

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. john

    Good job Ted Cruz a simbolic win that cost 2.5 billions to the economy, 15 days without pay to almost 800.000 federal workers plus a retroactive pay to the same 800.000 workers for not working YOU ARE A GENIUS

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Kinard

    And the idiots that voted for you, need to be deported.

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. TSLegends

    This Nation had the right idea for a "tea party" a couple hundred years ago. Maybe it's time for another, meet you all at Boston harbor...

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "It is clear that Cruz is a principled man who isn't afraid to fight for what he believes is right, even if it may be unpopular. That is called leadership. He has my support."

    So you support the Westborough Baptists Church then, right? I mean, after all, they fight for what they believe is right even if it may be unpopular.

    cruz is about as principled as a fox in aa hen house....

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Tampa Jim

    Ted Cruz may have gotten what he wanted, but at the polls he will be blamed for the government shutdown and the resulting consequences. At this point, you may be thinking that Cruz is from Texas and his leadership in shutting down the government will help him in the 2016 senate election. It may not! The Hispanic population in Texas is growing quickly and even though Cruz is Hispanic, most other Hispanics don't see him as one of their own. Cruz can be defeated by a coalition of Hispanics, African-Americans, centrist and moderate Republicans, and Democrats. There are two things that must happen to make a Cruz defeat to come about. The first is that the electoral process be fair and open. Hopefully the courts will strike down Texas' attempts at voter supression. The second is that coalition groups must turn out in big numbers. I believe that San Antonio mayor Julian Castro should run against Cruz and that he has the charisma to draw coalition voters to the polls.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Cruz: "Senate Republicans should have followed House Republicans"

    Followed them where? Out of jobs after next years mid terms?

    October 16, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. les

    he is crazzzzzy

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. 1twinsfan


    And the idiots that voted for you, need to be deported.

    sigh - illegals don't vote and even if they did, I doubt there are that many Canadians living in TX to get Cruz into office. You did mean Canadians, right?

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. jack doyle

    What are you a jock strap? CRAZCRUZ ,egotist thinks he is another Hitler because of his Canadian origins , Cuban blood and disturbed mind plus a loud mouth.(and built in sneer) Typical American?
    His RANTING objective against the Democratic administration may as well have been to insist all traffic lights be black for stop,pink for go and a middle finger for caution for all the sense it made and the success it met with in the American public.His belief he was speaking for all Americans is psychotic .

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. john

    Mr Ted Cruz 2.000.000 sign letters asking to stop obamacare is the 0.63% of the USA population. i understand that here are things that needs to be fix. But i think you have to be smart to lead a contry to succes and not use your ass to lead to a hole. you shouold retire and start a talk show like jerry spring.
    Mr Ted Cruz your are a fraud

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. McSame

    Ted Cruz is a corporate shill. Members of his own party call him a fraud, and that's exactly what he is.

    His existence in the Senate is just the state of Texas showing us that they can STILL screw up the ENTIRE country without having another Bush in the White House.

    I'd love to kick this guy back to the curb in Canada where he came from.

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. MillennialsArise

    If we are talking about leadership failure, I offer this little gem from a 2006 presidential campaign speech: "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt limit." Cruz isn't the only one with a leadership problem.

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. josh

    2million people is still less than 1 percent of americans... just saying

    October 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. RT Colorado

    The Republicans have lost again, it was a fight they shouldn't have taken on unless they were willing to take it to the end, which of course they weren't which takes us back to the original premise...don't pick fights you're not willing to risk everything to win. The Speaker of the House should step down and see if the Republicans can regroup. Why the Republicans allowed the Speaker to remain in his position after the last series of debacles is beyond logic, but then maybe the Republicans really are finished as a major factor in American politics. It's a given they can't beat Hilary Clinton in 2016 and if they can't gain and hold the Senate or the House (or both), they don't have a snowball's chance in Hell of having any say in the government. At this stage anything the Republicans can attempt will seem of shallow wit and bad spirit when weighed against the beating they have taken during this budget fight. As the saying goes "We were eye-to-eye...." this time however, instead of blinking, the Republicans cried.

    October 16, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Boomer in Mo

    What? Followed them like blind and stupid lemmings off a cliff and into the sea? Cruz is a smart person with not one grain of common sense in his head, and maybe crazy to boot. Texans need to send him home at the next election. I think he is even too nutty and irresponsible for them. There are lots of good GOP members in Texas.

    October 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. vikingwoman

    It is apparent that in order to be a Tea Party Republican you must leave reality behind! It's mandatory! Otherwise, how can you discuss a 16 day government shutdown & an almost default in such glowing language as 'victory' & 'courage'!? Also, how can you presume to speak for 300 mil people, saying Americans rose up to agree w/the Cruz strategy! Even if 2 mil agreed to defund ACA, I seriously doubt that many agreed w/the shutdown! Another thing Tea Partiers must have is ESP! ACA is law, but I'm sure if it stinks & doesn't work like the Universal Healthcare we need, Americans who use it will be the 1st to say so! But Cruz & his ilk know, by some mysterious premonition, that it's going to be horrid! How? How can any1 know anything that hasn't happened yet? The Tea Party, that's who! I'm glad this mess is over, but certain it wont be long before Cruz & his Partiers will manufacture a new 'crisis' before long! They obviously live for this stuff!!

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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