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. Will Oliver

    Cruz is the poster boy for why the Republican party is sinking deeper and deeper every time they open their mouth.

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

    We love Ted Cruz!!!

    October 20, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Trevor5

    I live in Texas and can safely say that Ted Cruz lives on a planet yet to be found by science.

    October 20, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. eastcoastmike

    ...and yet the people of Texas still support this dilusional, destructive, deeBag?

    October 20, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. raul c.

    Fell sorry for this freshman since he thinks his tactics are going to change the nation as a whole. The decision process in Congress is very complex since there are 1000's of subjects coming from the People to Congress that compromising/deals have to occur or else he'll not make a difference. If he thinks shutting down the government is the only way to accomplish his goal then he's dreaming in a Willy Wonda world..

    October 20, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. ya rights

    No Mr. Cruz you failed America by making this about a limited number of people over the needs of the country. Your rants are all about getting mailing lists so you can make more money. You made a ton over the shut down, so you are the one who failed, you collect and make money off of misery you caused. You should step down at once as and scam artist taking hard working folks money by making promises you know you can't keep or the GOP as a matter of fact can't keep.

    October 20, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. bw1

    way to throw the usaf ubder the bus – go back to canada

    October 20, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. E.R. White

    The Senator from Texas obviously doesn't understand the concept of "The Majority". The House of Representatives has a Majority of Republicans, many of whom project an extreme agenda, and philosophy. The United States Senate, on the other hand, has a Majority of Democrats. A Democrat also occupies the Presidency. One-third of government control does not mean you can dictate to the other two-thirds, how the country should be governed. The Senator from Texas failed his country, in a $24 Billion political stunt. My vote is we send him the bill.

    October 20, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Failure again

    Obamacare will fail on its own and republicans just need to sit back and watch. Most people who need the insurance can't afford it and there will be an uprising of frustrated Americans. If republicans would stop their knee jerk reactions to everything, it would all fall into place but they are screwing everything up.

    October 20, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. Mark

    A dangerous man.

    October 20, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch

    Why must they print everything this halfwit says? No remorse about the hundreds of thousands that weren't getting paid, or the billions he and his friends cost the economy.

    October 20, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. captcaps

    Cruz is a Moron of Monumental Proportions,,Where do you Republicans find this trash that has become a symbol of the republican revenge..... Texas has really produced a lot of political trash..... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 20, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. Anonymous

    "The House Republicans marched into battle courageously," - That statement is one of the biggest problems with this idiot we elected from Texas.

    Congress is supposed to be about compromise, he is marching into battle against half or more of the population instead of working towards something that everyone can go with.

    It's not a freaking civil war, there needs to be compromise or Congress does nothing. Idiots like this should remember that.

    October 20, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. steve

    History will remember Ted Cruz, when he is finally done making an ass of himself, as the second coming of Joe McCarthy.

    October 20, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  15. keven

    People like Cruz and Palin will destroy this country. They brand anyone who does not agree with their hardline stance as Un-American. Their mantra is win at any cost, collateral damage means nothing to them. Heartless and uncaring, they demonize the elderly and the poor.
    The truly sad part is there are many that believe the same. And some call themselves Christians. Guess they missed the Love your neighbor commandment..

    October 20, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Mike

    Ted "Delusional" Crud.

    October 20, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  17. Keith

    Here's a shovel Mr. Cruz. Please, keep digging.

    October 20, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Robert

    Ted Cruz - freedom fighter.

    October 20, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Santa Claus

    All balls and no brains, you and Sarah Palin are two peas in a pod.

    October 20, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. Cowboy Roy

    Preaching to the choir. "Texas Republican Womens Convention".

    October 20, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. Honestly

    In fifty years, the Tea Party movement will be viewed for what it is. A failed attempt by America's wealthiest to manipulate the uneducated to rally against their own best interest and support the special interests of the 1%. RIP Tea Party.

    October 20, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Stu

    Ted Cruz is an American hero. A true patriot

    October 20, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Santa Claus

    Extortion does not win votes. It gets you thrown in jail. And stop trying to extort my support for the republican party of murder for financial gain. Eliminating health care is the same as if you put the knife in their back, coward.

    October 20, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. Kay

    What no response to this story? Cruz can live in his own conflated world view in his own head. There are Texans who are thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate. They see through this man who would be king (dictator in his own little facist country).

    October 20, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. nintex

    "You want to win an election in 2014?" asked Cruz. Some advice for Cruz: You'd better learn how to get along with the other kids in the sandbox or they'll throw your backside out and you won't have anyone to play with. And that would suit me just fine.

    October 20, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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