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Ted Cruz says he will win.

Posted by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:15 AM
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Posted at 11:12 pm by: CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby Categories: Government Shutdown, Ken Cuccinelli, Ted Cruz ↓ Leave a comment

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, blamed by Democrats and some of his fellow Republicans as a chief architect of the ongoing government shutdown, struck back on Saturday, faulting President Obama and Senate Democrats for the political stalemate.

“Let me be very clear, I don’t think we should be in a shutdown,” Cruz said in a speech to conservatives in the Virginia state capital. “Throughout the course of it, I have said we should not shut down the government. But sadly this is Harry Reid’s and President Obama’s shutdown.”

The government shutdown began Tuesday when the president refused to give in to Republican demands that he delay or change the Affordable Care Act, the signature achievement of his first term that began enrolling patients on October 1, in exchange for passing a routine spending bill.

In the run-up to the shutdown, Cruz — whose profile has risen considerably among conservatives since taking office this year — had lobbied Republicans in the House and Senate not to relent, even as the president was promising not to sign any bill that would alter “Obamacare.”

Cruz reminded the audience that House Republicans have passed multiple “narrowly targeted continuing resolutions” to fund parts of the government as negotiations continue, but he criticized Democrats for refusing to pass them.

He said Senate Democrats are “dug in.”

“We are in the midst of a battle,” Cruz said. “Their position is untenable right now.”

Cruz, who spoke without notes for nearly an hour, said Republicans would win the shutdown fight but offered little in the way of concrete solutions.

“How do we win?” he asked. “If you trust the media, if you trust the voices in Washington, if you even trust, god forbid, some of the elected Republicans in Washington, they say we can’t win this fight. The only way to win this fight is the way we won every other fight throughout the history of the republic, which is solutions don’t come from Washington, D.C., they come from the people.”

“Career politicians in both parties have gotten us into this mess,” he said. “But it’s going to be the American people who get us out.”

According to a CBS News poll released this week, 72% of Americans disapprove of the shutdown, and more Americans blame Republicans in Congress than Obama.

But the audience inside a convention center ballroom here was firmly behind Cruz, interrupting his speech frequently with applause.

“It’s about time that someone abandoned the notion that compromise is the best way to win,” said Rev. Mark Morrow, the Williamsburg pastor who introduced Cruz, a freshman senator who was elected in 2012 with tea party backing.

Throughout his remarks, Cruz made clear he cares little for the approval of his colleagues in Washington, Republicans included.

“There are so many elected officials in both parties that desperately crave the adulation of the media and the intelligentsia,” he said.

Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor, attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, spoke earlier in the program, an appearance that had consumed the governor’s race all the week. Democrats, betting that Cruz’s uncompromising behavior in Washington is toxic to moderate voters in a state whose economic health is tied to the federal government, have been working overtime to portray Cuccinelli as a close ally of Cruz.

His Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe, has accused Cuccinelli of being Robin to Cruz’s Batman, even running a television ad this week saying that “Ted Cruz’s tea party shutdown is hurting Virginia.”

Cuccinelli, whose fortunes depend on turning out conservative base voters on Nov. 5, has been reluctant to criticize his fellow Republicans, including Cruz, over the shutdown.

But his aides have been at pains to put some distance between the Republican candidate and Cruz, noting that his appearance here was not an official campaign event, and that he and Cruz were invited separately to the gala.

Before the event, Cuccinelli and Cruz crossed paths and chatted briefly backstage. A Cuccinelli aide told reporters that Cuccinelli urged Cruz to find a solution to the shutdown.

During his brief remarks, Cuccinelli made no reference to Cruz, and he departed from the convention center soon after leaving the stage.

Cruz, though, lavished praise on Cuccinelli, who was the first state attorney general in the country to sue the federal government over the Affordable Care Act.

“Let me just say for a second how proud I am of my friend Ken Cuccinelli,” Cruz said. “He is smart, he is principled and he is fearless.”

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Aestas
by Gold Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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“It’s about time that someone abandoned the notion that compromise is the best way to win,” said Rev. Mark Morrow, the Williamsburg pastor who introduced Cruz, a freshman senator who was elected in 2012 with tea party backing.

This statement is completely batsh*t and is the reason why I cannot stand tea partiers. The ACA wasn't my first choice for American health care, either, but you don't hold the country's budget hostage and shut down the government at the expense of the country's most vulnerable citizens because you don't like a law that passed, was upheld by the Supreme Court, and was reaffirmed by voters when they reelected the president behind it (and rejected the candidate who promised to repeal it). It amounts to a political temper tantrum, and that is not how a functional democracy works (not that the US has been a functional democracy for some time now anyway).


Mommabearbergh
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 6:36 AM
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Their is something about him that screams fucking idiot. I can't put my finger on what it is. Just no.
candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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There was a  time that slavery was the law of the land also.  Should we have kept that?  What about prohibition?

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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Bahahhahhaahhaaaaa! He's as delusional as Rick Santorum.

MomTiara19
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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Quoting candlegal:

There was a  time that slavery was the law of the land also.  Should we have kept that?  What about prohibition?

This comparison is in very poor taste.... and a very wrong analogy as well.

Slavery hurt a specific group of people who deserve human rights.No group of people are superior over another..it is wrong.

Healthcare is a law that saves and helps people lives.If the there are issues with the Obamacare law this can and should be negotiated.

These negotiations should not be a hostage situation when it comes to congress doing their job and paying Americas bills.

This childish nonsense is hurting all Americans.

 

LIMom1105
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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He's delusional. So are most of our Tea Party politicians who seem intent on wrecking our country. Why would anyone negotiate with people employing terrorist tactics?

And why John Boehner letting the Tea Party run down the entire GOP is a mystery to me.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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Slavery and Holocaust comparisons are insulting, wreak of desperation, and demonstrate shallow thinking.

They speak more about the person using them than the subject.

I usually dismiss that person's arguments immediately when this poor tactic is brought out.

Quoting MomTiara19:



Quoting candlegal:

There was a  time that slavery was the law of the land also.  Should we have kept that?  What about prohibition?

This comparison is in very poor taste.... and a very wrong analogy as well.

Slavery hurt a specific group of people who deserve human rights.No group of people are superior over another..it is wrong.

Healthcare is a law that saves and helps people lives.If the there are issues with the Obamacare law this can and should be negotiated.

These negotiations should not be a hostage situation when it comes to congress doing their job and paying Americas bills.

This childish nonsense is hurting all Americans.



National Woman's Party


candlegal
by Judy on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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Some of us feel that way about the health care bill.  It is definitely going to hurt more people than it will help.

Quoting MomTiara19:



Quoting candlegal:

There was a  time that slavery was the law of the land also.  Should we have kept that?  What about prohibition?

This comparison is in very poor taste.... and a very wrong analogy as well.

Slavery hurt a specific group of people who deserve human rights.No group of people are superior over another..it is wrong.

Healthcare is a law that saves and helps people lives.If the there are issues with the Obamacare law this can and should be negotiated.

These negotiations should not be a hostage situation when it comes to congress doing their job and paying Americas bills.

This childish nonsense is hurting all Americans.



coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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So he thinks HE will win? What about the people? Guess he doesn't care about us.
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LIMom1105
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM
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It must be a Fox talking point. I've seen it repeated by so many GOP posters this past week. And you are correct, it's not a valid comparison.

If Republicans are SO convinced ACA us a disaster, they should let it happen and work on changing it so it works. Rather than shutting down our govt and waiting for ACA to go away. Guess what? It's not going anywhere.


Quoting MomTiara19:

 




Quoting candlegal:


There was a  time that slavery was the law of the land also.  Should we have kept that?  What about prohibition?


This comparison is in very poor taste.... and a very wrong analogy as well.


Slavery hurt a specific group of people who deserve human rights.No group of people are superior over another..it is wrong.


Healthcare is a law that saves and helps people lives.If the there are issues with the Obamacare law this can and should be negotiated.


These negotiations should not be a hostage situation when it comes to congress doing their job and paying Americas bills.


This childish nonsense is hurting all Americans.


 

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