Government shutdown, Senator Cruz defends block
Washington (CNN) — The Republican party and the U.S. economy could be on "Cruz Control" for the next six days.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is sounding the call to fellow Republicans to reject "Obama Care" setting up a political showdown that could shut down the U.S. government.
The way Ted Cruz sees it, Obamacare is simply a disaster.
He is simply a campaign promise: Do whatever it takes to destroy Obamacare, "That should be our priorities, not simply continuing business as usual in Washington."
Cruz' scorched earth strategy, tying defunding Obamacare to a must pass spending bill, is inflaming many fellow Republicans, who think if this causes a government shutdown, they're going to get burned. Republicans Peter King called him a fraud
Rep. Peter King, (R) New York, "The issues are too important, they're too serious. They require real solutions not cheap headline-hunting schemes."
In the Democratic led Senate the votes are not there, "Mr. Cruz, no."
Some of Cruz' GOP colleagues are so miffed, it has gotten really personal, Bob Corker tweeted "I didn't go to Harvard or Princeton, but I can count."
Dana Bash, "They don't like what you're doing. They don't like what you're putting them through. These are fellow Republicans."
Ted Cruz, "Individual politicians can choose to say whatever they want, they can launch whatever personal insults they want. I would note in the House, that the Republicans including those who have criticized me voted to defund Obamacare. And in the Senate, I think votes are very fluid."
To be sure, among many grass roots conservatives, Cruz is a hero, but in the Senate, run on relationships, he's rubbed GOP veterans the wrong way. John McCain called him a wacko bird, a knock Cruz is now embracing.
Ted Cruz, "If they want to insult me they can knock themselves out. My focus is on stopping Obamacare. Why? Because it's hurting American people."
Cruz notes that just two weeks ago house GOP leaders had no plans to defund Obamacare on this bill to keep the government running, but after enough Republicans signed onto Cruz' strategy, they had no choice.
Now he's warning Senate Republicans: support his filibuster.
Ted Cruz, "Any senator who votes for cloture on this bill is voting to give Harry Reid the authority to fund Obamacare with just 51 votes."