Cruz slams fellow GOP senators
By KEVIN ROBILLARD |
10/20/13 10:16 AM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz isn't trying to win a popularity contest in the Senate Republican Conference.
After the GOP failed to win any concessions from President Barack Obama during a government shutdown many blamed on Cruz, the Texas Republican blamed his fellow senators for the Republican loss.
"The reason this deal, the lousy deal was reached, is because unfortunately Senate Republicans made the choice not to support House Republicans," he said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week," adding later: "I think that was unfortunate. I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying it can not win, it's a fools errand, we will lose, this must fail. That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it's a shame."
While other senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have ruled out a second government shutdown, Cruz said he is willing to repeat the last three weeks.
"I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," Cruz said when asked about a shutdown replay. "What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare, because it isn't working, it's costing people's jobs, and it's taking away their healthcare."
Cruz said the Senate needs to learn from the House, where a majority of Republicans didn't vote for the deal to open the government and raise the debt limit.
"We didn't win this battle, but I am encouraged that we have demonstrated when the American people stand up, the House of Representatives will listen, and I hope in time the Senate will listen also," he said.
ABC reporter Jon Karl said his fellow Senators "despised" Cruz. Cruz said he didn't care.
"There's an old saying that 'Politics, it ain't beanbag,'" Cruz said. "And, you know, I'm not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate, Given the choice between being reviled in Washington, D.C., and appreciated in Texas, or reviled in Texas and appreciated in Washington, I would take the former 100 out of 100 times."