Ted Cruz Blasts GOP Leadership for Debt Ceiling ‘Trickery’

Tea party stalwart calls vote to raise the debt ceiling a ‘show vote’

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Sen. Ted Cruz arrives at the Capitol as the Senate votes to approve a $1.1 trillion spending package on Jan. 16. It may be the last sign of progress for a while.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is slamming his party for caving to Democratic demands to raise the debt ceiling, saying in a new interview that GOP leaders misled constituents with a “show vote.”

“Republican leadership said, ‘we want this to pass, but if every senator affirmatively consents to doing it on 51 votes, then we can all cast a vote no and we can go home to our constituents and say we opposed it,’” Cruz, the tea party favorite, said in an interview with CNN airing Thursday. “And listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.”

Cruz’ consistent criticism from the right of the GOP leadership peaked with a filibuster attempt earlier this month, in which he tried to block a vote to raise the debt cieling. A handful of Republicans voted with Democrats to break Cruz’s filibuster, though the Senate eventually voted along party lines to extend the debt ceiling for a year.

“In my view, we need to be honest with our constituents,” Cruz said. “And last week, what it was all about was truth and transparency. I think all 45 Republicans should have stood together and said, of course not.’”

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25 comments
satismaley
satismaley

Before the debt ceiling vote, Cruz was asked if the supported a debt default - "Of course not." Then Cruz and a few other children voted to default, leaving the senior Republican senator from Texas to take the heat from the simpleton wing of the GOP for preventing a default. Make sense? Of course. Its a good show for dummies, who often make for a majority of Republicans voting in primaries, but its a bad show unless one is hoping for a world-wide financial panic. Cruz would never, ever, go through with a default. It's all for show. The GOP leadership gave Cruz his little show the last time and he shut down the government, but the leadership decided enough was enough. 


Finally, Cruz is a Princeton and Harvard trained lawyer who has held government jobs most, if not all, of his adult life. He clerked for a Supreme Court justice. He is not a cowboy. He was not born in Texas. He looks silly in boots. Thousand dollar Gucci's would go better with his thousand dollar suits. 

lynnlm
lynnlm

Don Quixote Cruz is busy charging the windmills in the sky rather than accomplish anything meaningful.

BobPolisi
BobPolisi

Ted the carnival Cruz. Not only serves a small group of followers which for far too long have ignored their medicine cabinets full of anti psychotic meds, but also his ego. If what you seek is the creation of a moral highway leading only to the fantasies and delusions of your own mind then kudos, you're in the express lane.

Cyssi
Cyssi

Is there any thinking person out there who still has any iota of respect for this simpering weasel and his kind? He was certainly the feather that broke this former republican horse's back and the reason I finally quit voting republican as I had for 30 years previously.  When they put him on a pedestal (with Santorum, Walker and the other freaks)  I finally understood that 'the party' was never going to regain any kind of moral center and all that was left to do was to fight them with every vote I had.  

Titanus
Titanus

Cruz is a nut!  If every member of Congress did what he suggested nothing would ever get done, no legislation would ever pass.  The GOP needs to kick him out!  He is a state's right crazy whose views would sever the nation.  

AmitAtlantaUSA
AmitAtlantaUSA

I AM A CONSERVATIVE and I  abhor the politics of Cruz, the Tea-Partyers, and SELF SEEKING talk show hosts such  Limbaugh, Hannity, Ann Coulter.

After what I have seen under the OBAMA presidency (racial politics, punishing the rich, socialistic policies, support for Muslim Brotherhood, radical Palestinians, and throwing trusted allies Israel, Mubarak, under the bus etc.), I don't want to see another DEMOCRAT like the Muslim Brotherhood influenced (Huma Abedin) Hillary Clinton as President.

Tell me how can a person like Ted Cruz get the votes of Independents (like me) as well as that of moderate Republicans, and dis-illusioned Democrats?

HOW CAN SOMEONE LIKE CRUZ CAN EVER BE ELECTED PRES.? HOW?

DwDunphy
DwDunphy

“And listen, that sort of show vote, that sort of trickery to the constituents is why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating.”


BLAME CANADA.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

Keep it up, Teddy. It's like watching a train wreck with Ted standing at the wheel with a maniacal grin on his face.

tsvskibum
tsvskibum

Ted Cruz = Sarah Palin = Michelle Bachmann.  Ted is the latest in a string of Republican Wingnuts, who's grasp of the facts and reality are optional

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Ted Cruz is the best ally the Democrats have. The more he speaks the less people vote Republican.

sacredh
sacredh

Ted's just showboating for his bagger friends. The man's a fraud through and through.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

The whole need for a vote on the "debt ceiling" is a fraud.  If you don't wan to pay the bill then don't authorizer the spending.  Intelligent people (I therefore exclude any member of the Republican U S House) would eliminate the need for a vote but then again, they wouldn't have any program to run against.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AmitAtlantaUSA  Whether he gets elected as President or not is not his problem. It is yours, as well as the country`s if not the Republican Party too. This is a man who set out to do what he promised to his constituents. This is the politician all Republican politicians should emulate. That when you make a promise stick to it. It is what defines a public servant and a man. McCain calls himself a conservative is he ? Boehner, McConnell calls themselves Republican are they ? You call yourself a conservative are you ? Only the Tea Party can save the GOP because of two reasons only. Because they stick to their beliefs and they fight back. Hard. The way the liberals/progs fight. They fight for keeps. Not the GOP. They seem to think there is always another time. Another election to recover. Well duh. In the meantime, the media is already in the Democrats pockets, the academia and slowly but surely the judiciary. Wake up.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@DwDunphy  Include Kenya too, Oh and by the way do include Indonesia also. Our mysterious President could be from there too.

AmitAtlantaUSA
AmitAtlantaUSA

@ReneDemonteverde @AmitAtlantaUSA

Who are you trying to wake up?

20% or so Tea-partyer supporters? 

Ever thought if u can wake up moderates in both camps?

R U just happy being a whiner, when Democrats continue to rule the roost?

BTW, I voted for Obama in 2008, and Romney in 2012.

AmitAtlantaUSA
AmitAtlantaUSA

@ReneDemonteverde @AmitAtlantaUSA

Agree with you generally. Cruz's behavior as a Senator may be fine, but given that he's an aspiring Presidential candidate his record is of huge concern for moderates.

So, we all have our beliefs/principles, but can't always stick to them when it comes to elections.....it's all about give & take. 

But, again, my question is WHO DO YOU WANT IN OFFICE ? A moderate Republican or a Democrat?

Remember America is fast changing with Democrat supporters swelling in #s.  

Tell me, how will you beat the #s game? If you are happy sticking to your core principles (which may appeal to may be 20% of the Americans), and don't mind perpetuating a more & more left leaning Democrat as President, then so be it! 

Given a choice between Cruz, and Hillary an Independent like me can sway either side!


ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AmitAtlantaUSA  You people have been belly aching about politicians who say one thing while campaigning and does another after elected. Good. Dont vote for Cruz then, At least you know what you did not buy. When Hillary gets elected { I said when not if } just do not go on posting here complaining like those idiots regretting for voting for Obama.