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. Tom

    I love Ted Cruz as well. Personally, I am ambivalent about Obamacare – I'm on the fence. Lets see how it turns out. What I DO care about is our debt. And I appreciate anyone like Ted, who is willing to stand up and say, "We cannot afford to have deficit spending". May we have more Ted Cruz's until an amendment is passed requiring the government to limit deficit spending. (For both parties!)

    October 19, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. brown

    Cruz thinks it's OK to grow up on the backs of his countrymen.

    October 19, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. Dean

    Ted Cruz is a nutcase that needs to be locked up! The reason his own colleagues don't agree with him is because they understand the reason they were voted in in the first place. They won't allow this P.O.S. to disturb our country or his fellow teabaggers!

    October 19, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. Wake Up America!

    Again it is always someone else to blame.

    October 19, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Bryan

    Sen Cruz go back to Canada where you were born or maybe you should go to Cuba where your dad is from. You wasted $24 billion of our hard earned money because of the gov't shut down. Maybe we should take the money out of the State of Texas from the idiots who sent you to Washington. Tea Bagger!!!

    October 19, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Mr. M

    This guy is a sociopath.

    October 19, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. Marsha malone

    Obama is trying to do something about the uninsured in this country, where administrations in the past have passed on this important issue and instead have tried to develop Star Wars, missile defenses across Europe, wars in Iraq, wars in Afghanistan and wasted billions of dollars on these. Will we ever learn?

    October 19, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Kathleen Burgess

    Ted Cruz should be President!

    October 19, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. sadlyperturbed

    This isn't a war Mr. Cruz. And your job isn't to win the war for your party, but to help the American people. The sooner you learn that lesson, the better of you, and America, will be.

    October 19, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Cruz is just another GOP opportunist who attacks his own to further his careers Thing is, the politicians who feed on their own, have short careers, where as the ones who support others and work across the aisle have longer ones.
    This Tea Party darling will not last longer than Palin or Bachmann, as the Tealaban is starting to show fatigue failure.

    October 19, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Kita

    On one hand, it's bad enough in DC right now that we REALLY don't need Cruz going around howling like this. It's not going to help anyone or anything.

    On the other hand, if he and the other Tea Party people keep this up, it just might force the Republicans to acknowledge that in their earliest efforts to stall Obama's presidency, they created a monster that they're losing (or have lost already) all control over.

    October 19, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  12. Jan

    I'm a Texan and I don't love Ted Cruz. In fact I will vote against voth Texs GOP senators when next they come up for election. Cruz was a newbie, and he did some grandstanding that didn't sit well with Republicans all over the country. He's the male Sarah Palin.

    October 19, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  13. sandvichmancer

    I'm from Washington state. Please Texans, clean up your garbage. Don't send it to the capital.

    October 19, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Andrew Vrba

    And Ted failed Canadians.

    October 19, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. stta

    I want to see the list of the problems with the ACA from Senator Cruz and his solution to fix the problem. All I hear is it is a disaster. The role out is but if it does fix some of the health care issues like people not being able to get insurance due to preexisting conditions or people getting emergency care without being able to pay for it. Unless he has a solution to fix the problem with the uninsured he is part of the problem not the solution. A great politician doesn't shut down the government just to sabotage ACA or bring us on the brink of hitting the debt ceiling just for principle. That is an irresponsible way to fix the problems most people understand we do have. Democrats are making many mistakes but right now Senator Cruz is the problem on the other side of the fence. Texas must love bullies instead of sound minds.

    October 19, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. dina

    And Sen. Cruz failed to act like an American. If his people in Texas still support him, then they are as crazy as he is. He only did this to get recognized so he could run for president/ As if he could ever be president. Fat chance.

    October 19, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Texas Voter

    I am tired of these republicans saying that something doesn't work. How about fixing it instead off mouthing off because they lie every time they on Television. They only say what somebody else wants them to say.

    October 19, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. jeebus loving bible humpers

    Is it too late to give Texas back?

    October 19, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. sedibob

    As clueless as he is tone-deaf. That he's actually proud of himself speaks volumes.

    October 19, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. postedbygeorge

    I am an independent voter and I will be contributing to Republican and Democratic moderates that are being targeted by the american t(aliban) party. It does not matter if the moderates are in texas, illinois, new york, alaska or california. I have not ever given money to any party, democratic, republican or so-called independent.

    October 19, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. tnt

    What a Nut Case!!

    October 19, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. rconatser1

    Cruz really doesn't get it...It really is supposed to be about America...not about winning.

    October 19, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Steve S

    Man with sharp tongue, often cut own throat.

    October 19, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. bisusinha

    Humans should not listen to this creature. He was about to fail the entire American Population and the future of The United States of America. God knows (may be not) what he is up to!!!! He seems to be worst that GOPs.
    I wonder why media even report what and where he is f–ting!!! Why should any body be interested in his activity.

    October 19, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Will

    ...so now he hates the Air Force? Well, it's not like he ever served so He probably doesn't know a fighter wing from a cavalry troop. L.

    October 19, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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