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. Marian08

    Only in Ted's world. What an idiot.

    October 20, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  2. Patti in Ohio

    I would like to thank Ted Cruz for showing his true colors in Congress. He creates problems without solutions and is NOT an effective problem solver. He has no business in Congress if he is unable to compromise and puts those who voted him into the Senate, above all others who voted their Senators into the Senate. We are all equal. He may be a very intelligent man, learned in school, however, that does not make him a good leader, Senator, lawmaker or problem solver, automatically. Some people are good at problem solving and some are good at creating problems and not solving them. He is the former and not the latter.

    October 20, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  3. Patti in Ohio

    Typo...he is the latter and not the former. My apologies.

    October 20, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  4. YoungNiceGuy

    Ted Cruz is charismatic and insane, a dangerous combination.

    October 20, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  5. veep

    No, Mr. Cruz, you have it backwards, the House GOP failed the nation;
    and for all the wrong reasons.

    October 20, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  6. veep

    You are delusional and dangerous, Mr. Cruz.

    Please resign.

    October 20, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  7. jimboob@hotmail.com

    I just can't believe the smart people of Texas would support this Carpetbagger... He's not a Texan. Hell, he's not even an American.

    October 20, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. shawn in san diego

    Jesus, man! Just shut up already! The GOP is over with, I said it back in 08 that your party will die out in 12-18 years, and mark my words, I stand by this, the Republican party will NEVER win another election, unless the election is for which party we need to round up and gun down with a machine gun. Then the GOP will win most of the votes

    October 20, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  9. Jitendra Kothari

    Arrogant and irresponsible people like Ted Cruz still refuse to accept the fact that House GOP FAILED American people Their outright disregard for the well being of those who had no healthcare benefits at all, proves how utterly selfish and out of touch they are. And the likes of Ted Cruz will not hesitate to put the American people thru this ordeal time and again. What a shame.....

    October 20, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. rb1948

    Cruz is a World class clown; just what you would expect from the people that elected Rick Perry.

    October 20, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  11. R68

    I am so over this guy. He gets a lot of support from other like-minded individuals, so he believes what he needs to believe, in that he speaks for all Americans. I would hope that most Americans are smart enough to not vote for this guy and anyone else backed by the Tea Party. They are what is wrong. Spewing exaggerations, lies, and name-calling. The Republican party of old needs to separate their party from the Tea Party. It's the only way that I see them saving the party.

    October 20, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  12. McDoud

    Cruz doesn't stand for anything other than himself. He lead house republicans in a suicide mission and has the audacity to blame someone else. No one will listen to him now. His career is over.

    October 20, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Rottenham

    Wipe that goofy look off your face, Cruz. You have disgraced your country, your government, and your fellow citizens. Our prisons are filled with better men than you. Give thanks to America that you are not with them.

    October 20, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  14. mb2010a

    Ted Cruz is a first term freshman Senator who has a lot to learn about how Washington works or does not work. He is a typical tea party candidate that thinks everything should be done his way and that his ideas are what the majority thinks and wants done. I am from Texas and can assure you that he will NOT be re-elected IF he survives the recall election that is coming his way.

    October 20, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  15. Charles

    Is everyone in texas crazy?

    October 20, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  16. Dave

    Rafael Palin is a menace to our Democracy. He looks like and sounds like Joe McCarthy reborn!!

    October 20, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  17. bobpitt

    These m0r0n is the one that ag=failed to protect the American economy, he had no problem sending everyAmerican down the tube..

    October 20, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  18. Dave

    Where is the news article about Cruz's overseas bank accounts that he conveniently failed to report income from during his election campaign......??? Which is actually against the law as well as campaign guidelines.......
    He's a crook just like most of them.......

    October 20, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  19. bobpitt

    These m0r0n is the one that failed to protect the American economy, he had no problem sending everyAmerican down the tube..

    October 20, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  20. CallYouOnIt

    As democrats we will be quick to counter any offensive by the tea-party going forward. We have to be–our democracy is at stake. We cannot let the fanatical right hold the majority hostage again. We as Americans have a vested interest in a strong healthy workforce going forward in the 21st century if we want to compete globally. We will not let Ted Cruz and his geriatric dixiecrats do this again. We will vote, call our representatives and work to repeal Gerrymandering legislation where we find it. We must roll back this tide of extremism that is killing our democracy and clearly the one trying to ride this wave of extremism right now is Sen. Ted Cruz.

    October 20, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Nychsa

    Texas should get out of the Union if all they want to do is tear it up. Texas does not dictate how the rest of the country should behave. I for one do not want a lousy educational system, huge numbers of people without any health care and low paying jobs. Texas is the quint essential feudal society – you've got the haves and the have nots. That means they've been able to recreate the old south – Masters and slaves.

    October 20, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  22. I Heart Palin

    Dear God,

    Please let this goof be the GOP candidate in 2016. His nomination will ensure another Democratic president for 4 more years.

    Every sane American

    October 20, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  23. Vince

    Stand for Principles? Well, what in tarnation does that mean Ted? Can we get a few politicians who can actually balance a checkbook please? How come no one is talking about the horrific 17 trillion dollar debt this country has reached? Our debt will be the downfall of this great nation and very few are trying to do anything about it.

    October 20, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  24. IRC

    The more Ted Cruz talks the more obvious it is that his only real agenda is his own profile and a future run for president. Our course the irony is if Cruz runs for president some of his strongest support will be from people who claimed Obama was not eligible. What Cruz and his supporters seem to miss is that his divisiveness might get him a party nomination but he has no chance in a national election.

    October 20, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. Jakef

    If Cruz was as smart as he thinks he is, he would be introducing ideas to reform the ACA instead of attempting to completely dismantle it.

    Instead, he's shown to be nothing more than a pompous airbag who does not comprehend the meaning of a children's book.

    October 20, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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