Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa
October 26th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Cruz pheasant hunts, bashes Obamacare in Iowa

(CNN) - Decked out in blaze orange and tan hunting gear with a coffee in one hand and a shotgun in the other, tea party favorite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took his anti-Washington establishment tune to the Hawkeye state Saturday morning, pheasant hunting on opening day with GOP Rep. Steve King.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should “absolutely” step down, Cruz said, perched at the bar at the Hole N' the Wall Lodge in Akron, Iowa, eating eggs and answering questions from journalists before the hunt.

"Obamacare is a disaster. You have the well-publicized problems with the website. It just isn't working,” he said.

"This administration has turned a cold heart to the millions of Americans who are suffering, who are pushed into part-time work. There are single moms all over this country trying to feed their kids on 29 hours a week because of Obamacare, and this administration has said that there will be no relief for the people who are hurting because of this failed policy.”

Delays and incorrect information relayed to insurance companies has sparked intense criticism from Republicans over the implementation of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare initiative. House Republicans, spearheaded by Cruz, tried without success earlier this month to tie defunding or delaying the law to legislation funding the government.

The hunt kicked off with a prayer asking for safety and expressing appreciation for the Second Amendment. Cruz said he has hunted a number of other birds, including quail and dove, but Saturday would be his first time hunting pheasant. And, though he enjoys the sport, he admitted "in the world of experienced hunters I don't stack up."

Cruz's pheasant hunt in Iowa, a state crucial to presidential hopefuls, follows a speech last night at Iowa’s Reagan Dinner, further fueling speculation of his future plans. Cruz also will address an audience at the Defenders of Freedom later Saturday afternoon.

When asked about the parallels of his visit and that of former presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's similar trip in 2011, Cruz called it a "dangerous comparison."

"Well you know, that's a very dangerous comparison on a lot of fronts, not least of which is that Gov. Perry is a lot better shot than I am. So I'm going to avoid making that comparison," he joked.

Cruz has not endorsed a candidate in Iowa's increasingly crowded 2014 Republican primary for the open Senate seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, though he did leave open the possibility of throwing his support behind one of the conservatives at a later date.

Filed under: Healthcare • Iowa • Steve King • Ted Cruz
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    This photo looks like an NRA promotional ad campaign to arm traffic guards in public schools .

    Seriously , Ted Cruz tries to look so American , he looks foreign !

    Ted Cruz has a big problem , the only way he will keep his momentum is to shut down the government again in January .
    That will create an economic down turn that will hurt . And he must do it or look like a chump to his base .

    So in other words , America has a problem , and it's called Ted Cruz.

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin
    They truly believe they need to destroy America to save her .

    October 27, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |

    Rapheal Cruz drove the Guns Over People tea potty over the cliff while he took Koch Brothers money AND bumpkin wingnut money with both hands. Run Rapheal run.

    October 27, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  3. G

    they released the nets and the good old boys blasted away at the pheasant not one had a chance to get away

    October 27, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    To bad king and Cruz didn't shoot each other , I've been siting here waiting for the good news !!!!

    October 27, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    29 hours a week isn't because of obamaromney care , it's because of greedy companies that are to cheap to provide health insurance for their loyal employees, probably GOP owned!!!!

    October 27, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. baldor

    Let in run.
    Hillary is our next president. She is no doubt, but he will make it easier

    October 27, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. baldor

    He should leave those pheasants alone. Go work on the inmigration bill so he can get some credits for it. He is destroying himself

    October 27, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  8. Don in albuquerque

    And if Crud is such a hard working little dude, how come he is not In DC doing his job?

    October 27, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Data Driven


    " I cancelled my subscription to NBC "

    NBC runs a subscription channel or website? Maybe you're talking about an RSS feed? Or just basic cable?

    As to this:

    "Am I reading the wrong news source? Are there any conservatives out there in this audience, or should I just go away? Please don't be shy to let me know. There are lots of news sources out there who would be glad to have me read them instead of this one.."

    Well gee, sorry that liberal posters here are hurting your feelings. I suggest that if you're that shocked that most people don't like Cruz, and you're clutching your pearls over it, maybe you should take your own advice and go away? You're absolutely right that you have other choices. Fox News Channel would be a fine place to start - they'll tell you all the news that you want to hear. Not sure if you have to "subscribe" to them, though. You might need basic cable.

    October 27, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Data Driven


    "Seriously , Ted Cruz tries to look so American , he looks foreign !"

    Oh come on man. Now I know you're trying to get a rise out of the conservatives, but let's not sink to their level. We gotta be smart with our attacks!

    October 27, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Don in albuquerque

    Again, CNN, why are you trying to become the new "People" magazine. This is not a news story.

    October 27, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. rs

    Say, Mr. Cruz, I hear Dick Cheney is available- try hunting with him.

    October 27, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. jboh

    I see "a true conservative" is carrying the Koch roaches' water again. Sorry, your lies only work w/TEA drinkers smelling a drug smuggler/radio loud-mouth's oxycodone pickled brain flatulence. Enjoy history's garbage heap in the next election.

    October 27, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Jill-IN

    Cruz doesn't care if you can buy affordable health insurance. He gets his health insurance on his wife's plan with her employer, a big investment banker.

    October 27, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Hector Slagg

    Well, If you don't like the Cold Hard Facts of Life, of course you don't like Ted Cruz. If you don't care about the 17 Trillion dollar Federal Debt, of course you don't like Ted Cruz. If you like the 47 Million on Food Stamps of course you don't like Ted Cruz. If you don't care about 15 Percent unemployment of course you don't like Ted Cruz. If you like more jobs becoming part time, of course you don't like Ted Cruz. If you don't like your welfare benefits running out. OF COURSE YOU DON'T LIKE TED CRUZ !!!

    October 27, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Gunderson

    Old Gunderson see all you nice peoples taking cheap shots at many good citizens. Wow. Old Gunderson no see Halo. Where at??

    October 27, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Thomas

    @Data Driven

    "Seriously , Ted Cruz tries to look so American , he looks foreign !"

    Oh come on man. Now I know you're trying to get a rise out of the conservatives, but let's not sink to their level. We gotta be smart with our attacks!


    Let me correct my statement ,

    Ted Cruz looks so foreign , out of his element in his attire and surroundings , so contrived Like an ad for hunters digest , complete with stylist and wardrobe consultants .

    I'm sure Ted bagged a farm fed pheasant that was just released from it's cage a few hours earlier .
    One thing is true , it was very foreign for the Pheasant to have 10 Hunters and 40 journalists show up for a photo.

    October 27, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. michael

    Ted did you know. That santa ana kicked the white squaters out off mexicos land and they went crying to the northern union for help.
    Remember the alamo .
    Mexico said stop coming on are land and they keep coming .
    Sana ana said his people would get it
    back and by 2035 it will happen.

    October 27, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    @Hector Slagg:

    I can assure you that your list of nonsense for me not liking Ted Cruz doesn't even come close to the real reasons.

    October 27, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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