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October 20th, 2013
03:07 PM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz brushes off threats to his safety

Capitol police are investigating threats TX Sen. Ted Cruz started receiving since he became the face of the shutdown.


Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
October 20th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

McCain: Shutdown tactics ‘fool’s errand’

Senator John McCain talks with CNN's Gloria Borger about the GOP strategy during the federal government shutdown.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

GOP strategist: Shutdown strategy hurt the brand

GOP consultant Alex Castellanos: Cruz needs to "learn the difference between standing for principle and standing in front of a train."

October 20th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

McCain: Cruz 2016 run attractive to many voters

Sen. John McCain says a Ted Cruz presidential run in 2016 would be attractive to many voters.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Cruz: GOP failed because they "didn't unite"

Sen. Ted Cruz tells CNN's Dana Bash that is wasn't the strategy behind the shutdown that failed, but the fact that the GOP didn't unite behind it.


Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
October 20th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

McCain: Can’t go at Obamacare “with a meat ax”

McCain: can’t go at Obamacare “with a meat ax”

Responding to calls for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senator John McCain said “let’s have Congressional hearings” over Obamacare’s failure to launch.

He called the Affordable Care Act a “fiasco.” Sebelius will not attend Congressional hearings scheduled to begin Thursday, but McCain said “let’s find out who is responsible.”

“This is just the beginning of the problems associated with a massive restructuring of one-fifth of our economy,” he said.

The White House announced that 475,000 have registered under the ACA, and McCain told CNN’s Gloria Borger on State of the Union that he was “glad they finally came through with some information.”

“It’s ridiculous and everybody knows that,” he said. But Republicans need to “rifle shot” Obamacare and stop going at it with a “meat ax,” said the Arizona Senator.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
11:04 AM ET

Is there a GOP civil war brewing?

Senator John McCain talks with Gloria Borger about the GOP divide.


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
10:56 AM ET

Cruz: People's voice in Washington

Cruz doesn’t rule out another shutdown

“It’s really good to be home,” said Senator Ted Cruz, whose appearance in San Antonio brought on a standing ovation, applause, and even tears in the eyes of constituents.

“What you just saw there is people just expressing relief that somebody is actually listening to the people and trying to help give them a voice in Washington,” he said in an interview aired Sunday on State of the Union.

“It’s kinda like DC, it’s just in DC they’re yelling different things,” he said. His constituents have been “frustrated for a long time,” and “a lot of people are hurting because they can’t find jobs,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash.  He called Obamacare “the biggest job killer in this country” and said people were losing insurance or facing “skyrocketing” premiums because of the Affordable Care Act.

“Washington politicians are ignoring them – they’re not listening to them,” he said. And to the idea of another shutdown, he said “there will be time enough to talk about specific strategies.”


Filed under: Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
October 20th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

McCain: President Obama took a victory lap

Responding to President Obama’s assertion that Republican tactics the last three years have undermined the economy, Senator John McCain on Sunday said, “Mr. President, you won.”

Expressing disappointment that “the President felt he had to take a victory lap,” after a deal struck by Senate leaders reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling, McCain said, “Maybe it’s not in [Obama’s] DNA to be magnanimous to opponents.”

In an exclusive interview with Gloria Borger on State of the Union, McCain also took a swing at the Obama administration’s foreign and national security policies.  “Foreign policy and national security policy is continuing to be a total debacle and United States’ prestige and standing in the world has never been lower,” he said.

 


Filed under: John McCain • Newsmakers • Shutdown • State of the Union
October 20th, 2013
10:38 AM ET

Cruz: Sebelius should resign

Senator Ted Cruz tells CNN's Dana Bash that Kathleen Sebelius should 'absolutely' resign over the Obamacare rollout.


Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Newsmakers • State of the Union • Ted Cruz
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