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. just me

    Lol, now he's speaking like a military commander. He must be the reincarnation of Gen. Custer. Or maybe Col. Mustard.

    October 20, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  2. chris

    all they know how to do is: hate...

    October 20, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  3. Clearance

    Funny how it takes a Canadian to get conservative Texans to cheer about being American.

    October 20, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  4. Adam

    Cruz & the GOP failed America & cost us all $.
    Very fiscally conservative of you GOP.

    The Grand Old Party is over. Death throws for the GOP unless they force the tea party to create its own political party, instead of leaching onto a party...

    October 20, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  5. matt

    WOW.......A peasant that made it into the "kingdom" but didn't forget who he is or who put him there. The government stopped being for the "people" when it voted itself to be the "kingdom"!!! BTW, Obama won the election with a promise of "transparency". Closed door sessions for "deal making" is NOT transparent!!! AND.....clean bill?????COME ON POTUS.......:(

    October 20, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  6. Greasemonkey

    The Senate GOP may have failed Ted Cruz and the TEA party.....but much more important is the fact that Ted Cruz and the TEA party failed America.......by demanding that they be allowed minority rule....under threat of financial collapse.......

    .......these people MUST be voted out of office in '14.......

    October 20, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  7. Tea Baggin' Joe

    He deserves to die.

    October 20, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  8. Anon

    "The House Republicans marched into battle courageously" ... "and the Senate Republicans should have come in like the cavalry to support them" ... "a significant chunk of Senate Republicans came like the Air Force and began bombing the House Republicans, our own troops" - Wasn't there any better way to give a simile? To Americans live and breathe war and violence?

    October 20, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  9. HJC

    I'm not a Republican or an Independent or a Tea Party member. I can say this with confidence: Cruz has many valid points.His party compatriots were foolish.

    It is too bad so many senators (both sides) are boot licking cowards.The country is in deep financial trouble.

    October 20, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  10. Eric

    Party before country. That's all that matters for these losers.

    Apparently this lunatic thinks the senate failed... on account of not allowing the US to default over Obamacare?

    Can these republicans be any more dangerous in their insane agenda against Obama?

    October 20, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  11. David

    In "failing" the House Republicans, Senate Republicans actually did the right thing for the country. In the immortal words of my father, Ted Cruz is cruisin' for a bruisin'. He'll get his comeuppance, I just hope it happens before he can do more serious damage.

    October 20, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  12. mddledebo

    There aren't many bigger idiots or freaks than Ted Cruz.

    October 20, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. Number 10

    Ted is a loser like all politicians. Get rid of them all.

    October 20, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  14. Francisco

    At least the good thing about what Ted Cruz is saying is that no one cares.

    October 20, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  15. wolf

    The GOP is the greatest threat to America.

    October 20, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  16. GAK

    Enjoy while you can Ted, because they have a muzzle waiting for you when you return.. You think its a great thing to put hundreds of thousands of people out of work? Cost the economy $24 BILLION and nearly cause the US to default on its obligations!! You and the rest of your cronies use the same tired LAME excuses that were used when Social Security and Medicare passed.. And guess what!! they didn't ruin the country, they didn't cause businesses to go out of business! Social Security had the money to be solvent until you and the rest of Congress borrowed the surplus from the trust fund..Well perhaps its time we( the real citizens) asked for those bonds to be cashed.. By last count you all owe us several TRILLION dollars, PAY UP or shut up!!!

    October 20, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  17. Maximum bob

    It's quite possible, Sen Cruz, that instead, you have failed your electorate. Take a look at the career of Senator Joe McCarthy. "He who does not remember the past..........."

    October 20, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. Skarphace

    It is way way way way way past time that the Tea Party became their own party and left the Republican Party. The sooner this happens, the sooner we have a three party system and the Republicans will have their own agenda and once again become the compassionate conservatives that gained respect under Reagan. The Tea Party is not the party of Reagain. They are the party of Koch, and they need to detach themselves from the once great Republican Party before the Republicans end up in the dust bin of history.

    October 20, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  19. jose 17

    Raphael Cruz is a dangerous, self-absorbed, charlatan with a snaked tongue.

    He may win over a some small minds, as the charlatans of history have always done, but he will never deliver a tangible positive result to anyone of them. He promises only to tear down, building nothing in his wake except self aggrandizement.

    Silence! from Ted Cruz and his ilk (Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, etc.) would be a positive contribution to the national discourse and to the world. To achieve this, all we have to do is exercise our right vote in every election, local, state and national. Remember, 79% of us and are not like them, we will never be like them and demographic trends are in our favor such that there will be less and less of them in the future.

    October 20, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |

    Ted Cruz, by trying to defund Obamacare has revealed that he would hold on to power at any cost, even at the cost of the nation going into what could have been the fall of America in the world of politics from a leading country to a country of bigots and spineless politicians. He could have provoked the worst of riots had the Republican party not ignored him. What a rat. Even his facial features pronounce loudly that he is a rat or related to some family of pigs.

    October 20, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  21. Aiolus

    What a hero! If this strikes you as adament or sarcastic that can tell you a lot about yourself.

    October 20, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  22. Idiotwind

    Cruz is a raving lunatic, he was before the shutdown, during the shutdown and now after the shutdown. Nothing has changed.

    October 20, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  23. PHinMiami

    How many times do we have to say it . . . ?

    The GOP is solely to blame for the Shutdown! It comes from their own mouths, yet, their twisted minds would have us believe there is some 'honor' in what they do because it's their last ditch effort to defund ObamaCare. Only the GOP could be so threatened by a plan to 'allow' the less-than-wealthy buy health insurance. Shame on all of them!! Ironically, they will call themselves Christians.

    October 20, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. Jim

    Ya but it's texas. I mean cmon. The total IQ of all republicans there is 88 or maybe as high as 89. Never heard anything smart or proper come out of the mouths of texas republicans. I mean look at perry. Wow, now that's a perfect 88 IQ right there. cruz is just another petty republican windbag with small man syndrome. To stupid to know. To stupid to want to know.

    October 20, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  25. Z

    I mean Really, who needs enemies when we have politicians such as Cruz in Washington. The Senate has the power to remove him from the Senate, this is exactly what they should do. Cruz and many other Republican politicians have shown themselves to be a seditious conspirator's..trying to undermine our Government and laws..Election's are coming up in 2014-2016..all 144 Congressmen/Women in Congress and 18 Republican Senator's who voted to keep the shut down going need to be voted out of office. These Republican politicians are keeping this Country from moving forward. The American People have had ENOUGH of their nonsense!

    October 20, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
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