Texas Senator Ted Cruz's polarizing political actions and how they affect the GOP's future prospects – our State of the Union panelists discuss.
Capitol police are investigating threats TX Sen. Ted Cruz started receiving since he became the face of the shutdown.
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.
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.”
Senator Ted Cruz tells CNN's Dana Bash that Kathleen Sebelius should 'absolutely' resign over the Obamacare rollout.
Sen. Ted Cruz talks 2016 intentions with Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
If the Texan Senator’s 21 hour filibuster in September was an effort to raise money for the Senate Conservative Fund, which helps Tea Party challengers defeat GOP incumbents and raised $2.1 million in September, Senator Ted Cruz is denying it. “It’s nonsense,” he said Sunday.
“I’m not interested in playing that game,” said Cruz, who received a hero’s welcome from his constituents in Texas Saturday. “I understand you want to draw me into the back and forth,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash in San Antonio, “and that’s fun to cover,” but “this is a deliberate strategy” that encourages the media to “cover this like it’s a Hollywood gossip column.”
Cruz, who denied choosing sides against his own colleagues, told Bash on State of the Union that “what I’m choosing sides with is the American people.” Cruz said Obamacare is indefensible, “they don’t want to talk about the substance of Obamacare.” That’s why the strategy in Washington now “is to change the topic,” he said.
Sen. Ted Cruz talks to CNN's Dana Bash about his Republican colleagues anger over the shutdown strategy.
Senator Ted Cruz talks with Candy about his impact on the Republican 'brand' and the country's political sentiment.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) said Sunday that while he doesn’t believe the United States will default on its debt come October 17th, the looming deadline does give Republicans an opportunity to negotiate with the president on ObamaCare.
In an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley on State of the Union, Cruz said that, historically, raising the debt ceiling has been used as leverage in dealings with presidents, a tactic he believes his party will – and should – use again.
“We should look for three things,” he said. “Number one, we should look for some significant structural plan and reduce government spending. Number two, we should avoid new taxes. And number, we should look for ways to mitigate the harms from Obamacare.”