October 19th, 2013
07:14 PM ET
8 years ago

Ted Cruz, back in Texas, rails against fellow Senate Republicans

Programing note: CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley will have an exclusive interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz returned to Texas following a whirlwind week in Washington that saw an end to the partial government shutdown that he helped ensure - and for which he made no apologies.

Instead, Cruz blasted his fellow Senate Republicans, saying they are most to blame for the failure of the push to defund or delay Obamacare.

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"The House Republicans marched into battle courageously," the first-term senator told the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s state convention on Saturday, "and the Senate Republicans should have come in like the cavalry to support them."

Instead, said Cruz, "a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops."

Cruz was a leading voice in Republicans push for Congress to reject any funding proposal to reopen the government that did not specifically defund President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. He even spoke for more than 21 hours in a filibuster-like attempt to promote his strategy in the Senate.

Throughout his remarks Saturday, Cruz railed against what he called "the Washington establishment" - people from both political parties who he says are afraid of grassroots movements.

"There are a lot of professional pundits in Washington who go on television and explain that ‘Well, if you stand for anything, it's risky, and we may lose elections in 2014 as a result of this,'" Cruz said, seemingly referring to critics within his own party. "You want to win an election in 2014? Republicans need to stand for principle. And it is the grassroots, organized, that will win elections in 2014."

While Cruz lambasted his critics in Congress, he heaped praise on his grassroots supporters. The effort to defund Obamacare will eventually be viewed as a success, he said, because it energized conservative voters, drew attention to flaws in the health care law and caused Democrats to take "a lot of stupid votes."

He called on supporters to keep up the pressure on their elected officials.

"Nobody said this was going to be easy," Cruz warned. "And nobody should be surprised that the Washington establishment fights back."

Cruz went so far as to tell supporters about the tone of discussion in closed-door meetings, a breach of unspoken congressional etiquette. He accused fellow members of Congress of making back room deals that they don't admit to, claiming that they fear constituents involved in grassroots movements.

"Over and over again," said Cruz, "my colleagues have turned… red in the face, and said: 'My constituents keep calling me!'"

However unpopular Cruz might be in Washington, he maintains significant support from Texas conservatives and was well received at the San Antonio event. He entered to a standing ovation and his remarks were met with cheers of "We love Ted Cruz."

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soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    Isn't this guy from Canada? Hmm...they will let him run for President anyway....why has he not been "handled"....why doesn't Texas go ahead and cede from the U.S.?

    October 20, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  2. Big Henry

    He's the Cruz missile of destruction aimed at the Republicans. The shutdown cost the American economy $24 billion, and hurt consumer confidence and spending heading into the Christmas season. And in the end accomplished nothing. Cruz and Palin proved to be huge hypocrits by railing about military memorials being shut down when their group, the Tea Party, caused the shut downs. The fiasco was detrimental to America and I hope voters will punish those that were responsible.

    October 20, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  3. Steve V

    As an Air Force Veteran, I resent the fact that this person (to use a nice term) insinuated that the Air Force bombs it's own troops. There could have used another metaphor...like maybe Republicans could have all voted against the Affordable Care Act and not passed the measure. Then we wouldn't have had to have the shutdown. (To be fair, I was one of the 800,000 furloughed workers.)

    October 20, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. me

    "While Cruz lambasted his critics in Congress, he heaped praise on his grassroots supporters. The effort to defund Obamacare will eventually be viewed as a success, he said, because it energized conservative voters, drew attention to flaws in the health care law and caused Democrats to take "a lot of stupid votes."

    Stupid votes?? Like the 43 or so times that you fools tried to overturn the ACA??

    Unbelievable.....guess there' no minimum IQ requirement to be a senator from Texas...

    October 20, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  5. andrew

    Hey teddy boy...take off the womens undies and bra, close your door and play that game u love so much..u know..the one where u stand in front of a mirror and touch urself while singing.." It's all about me"!!! Ur a pathetic silly idiot who so misses mommy...what a waste of breath.

    October 20, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. mcdennis

    So glad you love him there. How about figuring out a way to keep him there and put someone in office that has sense enough to understand that you can't shut down the government without there being ramifications.

    He cost the GOP at least 5 points in any poll you want to look at and will assuredly cost them the WH in 2016 if the GOP is stupid enough to give him the nomination.

    October 20, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. mcdennis

    So glad that you love him there. How about figuring out a way to keep him there an put someone in office that has the sense to know that you can't shut down the government with there being some ramifications.

    He cost the GOP at least 5 points in any poll you want to look at and more than that in some. The ramification are going to come in 2014 where we are going to lose ground to the Democrats in the House and Senate and in 2016 if the GOP is stupid enough to give him the nomination.

    October 20, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. works4me

    IF he really wanted to end Obamacare he should have come up with a better plan. IF they wanted to end Obamacare, they too should come up with a better plan. But they don't... this planned was centered around a plan that was brought about by a Republican. They have had years to come up with something better... years! They won't help only obstruct. They simply don't want this to be part of Obama's historical footprint. They don't want him righting a wrong with this country. Even though Obama won (2x) they don't want him to "win". Pathetic...

    October 20, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  9. Starrface

    Help America by supporting a Cruz/Palin ticket in 2016. Lord knows we need them in the race to run this great country of ours the RIGHT way!

    October 20, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. M. Callahan

    Apparently, being unable to accept that it is possible that his ideas might not be so brilliant, this guy is incensed that everybody just refuses to do what he says. Even my five year old grandchild understands that folks do not always want to do what he does and he can accept that. Cruz needs to work on his megalomania.

    October 20, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  11. eleanor

    It appears that Texas has the worst of everything including oversized egotism and the worst prison system in the country where you can get a defacto death penalty for DUI. and a Congressman like Cruz.

    October 20, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  12. the serpent

    In other words, his party comes before his country. How pathetic.

    October 20, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  13. birdfish

    I am DELIGHTED that Ted Cruz keeps going.

    2014 was stacking up to be a difficult election. We are defending many Democratic seats in the Senate and the house looked as though it would certainly stay in Republican hands. Indeed, my biggest fear was the Senate would flip and then all of congress would be in Republican hands.

    And then came Cruz and his merry band of teapartiers to save the day!

    These guys blew it. I am a liberal democrat so I don't really want to give them advice but what the heck. If you want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, you need congress and the White House. If you want to ban abortion, you need a president to nominate conservative justices and a senate to confirm them. In other words, to advance your agenda, you need a president and working majority in both houses.

    Had the tea party not been such fools nominating "the rape guys" in Senate races they ALREADY would have the Senate. You guys blew five easily winnable seats. You lost in Indiana. Indiana! And you are well on your way to blowing your chance in 2014.

    Here is how I hope things play out: We maintain the Senate in 2014 and either chip away at your lead in the house or take it back outright. Either way, that will be a huge victory in a 6-yr Presidency off year election. Then, in 2016 Hilary takes center stage and blows you guys away.

    It is very likely that you will end up being a permanent minority/southern party. Thank you Ted Cruz and his merry men.

    October 20, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  14. jungleboo

    Ted Cruz would see his energies better spent creating CCC work opportunities, renovating our nation and providing employment (and benefits) to the out-of-work millions. If we could do it in the 30s, we could do it now, and give future generations something tangible to enjoy.

    As a child, I remember the beautiful CCC inspired national park along the river. We skated and fished amid lovely campgrounds, swinging bridges, etc. I did not understand about CCC when I was a young, but growing older, I realize they brought wonder and strength to my recreational experiences. I knew in my heart that there was a "goodness" in my society.

    October 20, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  15. RJ

    This man is totally delusional!

    October 20, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  16. kali

    keep talking, clown cruz..

    (& thanks from the Dems....) ;~))

    October 20, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  17. Clarke

    Evert time a new person speaks up, the media is on him like glue. I don't feel Ted Cruz is some rising star, he reminds me of a bully. IMHO!

    October 20, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  18. vikingwoman

    Cruz claims the Senate Republicans let Congress down! I'll do him 1 better: He let the whole country down! Threw us all to the wolves & claims it was the right thing to do! I understand him better after reading his 'war' analogy! In his mind the GOTP & Dems (specifically President Obama) are at war! So he's just going to ramp up his unacceptable behavior, in order to 'win'! It must be nice to have all those rich 'grassroots' supporters helping him to believe his own hype! He doesn't realize it, but real Texas grassroots campaigns are working against his extreme, anarchistic ideals w/street & door to door canvassing! People of all states must take control of who we send to Washington by turning out in droves at the voting booths! It's our only & best way to rid ourselves of Tea Party extremist!!

    October 20, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  19. Brandon

    that this man makes millions of dollars is a national tragedy

    October 20, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  20. Bikepath

    Great idea!!

    October 20, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  21. Firstname Lastname

    We will keep calling Senator. We will keep calling until they listen. When they don't listen we will find someone else who will.

    October 20, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  22. David

    Ted Cruz the Senate represents the American people and not YOU!

    October 20, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  23. Mara Tam

    Delusional, and not very intelligent. Has basic smarts, but not in a positive way. He still thinks he'll be a Presidential candidate? The Calgarian? With an obvious Canadian birth certificate? Explain that one away, legally. God help America!

    October 20, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  24. Jack

    And it begins! David Frum, special adviser to President Bush predicted this when the Tea party group emerged 5 years ago!

    The main supporters of this group are old dixecrats supporters,

    October 20, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  25. dave

    I've been saying republicans are failures for a long time. Just their mantra of no taxes on the rich, even when we are at war and have the massive Bush/republican recession, indicates that the only thing you can end up with is massive debt. If you are in recession your 1st priority should be getting out of recession, but republicans are doing all they can to stay in recession, and of course recessions mean more debt, which is basically a failure policy. With wages/salaries severely depressed from republican policies, and all those people out of work due to republican recession, all the tax revenues are down, which means more failure due to republicans. Republcians really have no policies that would help America and Americans succeed, it's all failure policies. Maybe helping the rich, as if the rich needed their help.

    October 20, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
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