Senator John McCain talks with Gloria Borger about the GOP divide.
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.”
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.
Senator Ted Cruz tells CNN's Dana Bash that Kathleen Sebelius should 'absolutely' resign over the Obamacare rollout.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says doing nothing on immigration is a "grave disservice to the American people."
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.
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Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 18, 2013.
1) Trouble for McConnell? A major conservative super PAC is endorsing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's Tea Party primary challenger. The endorsement comes on the heels of a deal McConnell brokered to end the partial government shutdown. "Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country," said Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins in a statement announcing the endorsement. "We know that winning this primary won't be easy. Mitch McConnell has the support of the entire Washington establishment and he will do anything to hold on to power."
Picking up the pieces after the shutdown. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says the American people are fed up, and urges Congress to “stop this childishness.” The original maverick joins us on the cost of the government shutdown in dollars and “sense.”
Then Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): Conservative hero, or the “laughing stock” of the Senate? The architect of the strategy that led to the recent showdown in Washington joins us exclusively to discuss the next battle in the fight to eliminate ObamaCare, and why he’s not ruling out another attempt to shut down the federal government.
And will Democrats and Republicans suffer long-term wounds from these short term fights? Our political panel with CNN Political Commentators, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and The New Yorker’s Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza.
Watch Sunday at 9am ET and Noon ET on CNN.