PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BLASTS “REPUBLICANS” IN CONGRESS
|| By FITSNEWS || U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas offered his sharpest criticism yet of the “Republican” party – a.k.a. the party whose presidential nomination he is currently seeking.
During an impassioned one-hour speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Cruz ripped into the GOP leadership in Washington, D.C. – especially outgoing U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner – for being beholden to the same special interests as Democrats.
“We keep winning elections but the people we put in office don’t do what they said they’re going to do,” Cruz said, adding that the GOP leadership is “quite competent and willing to fight. The question is what they’re fighting for.”
Sound familiar? It should … we’ve been screaming all this since before Cruz was elected.
Cruz also noted that U.S. president Barack Obama has a “blank check” when it comes to dealing with the GOP-controlled Congress – not to mention a nuclear option he can invoke in the event he doesn’t get what he wants.
“President Obama simply has to utter the word ‘shutdown’ and Republican leadership runs for the hills,” he said.
While the GOP “reflexively surrenders,” Democrats are “relentless” according to Cruz – “willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for their principles.”
One area where the GOP leadership has shown no hesitation is attacking those lawmakers who have the audacity to stand for the things the GOP claims to support.
“It’s Republican leadership that leads the onslaught attacking conservatives,” Cruz said.
That’s because big “Republican” donors aren’t on board with the GOP platform.
“The people writing the checks agree with the Democrats,” he said, claiming they view rank-and-file GOP voters as nothing but “hicks and rubes.”
What prompted Cruz’s rebuke of his own party? U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell – who became “majority” leader when the GOP gained control of the Senate last November – refused to grant a recorded vote on Cruz’s effort to defund government-subsidized abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Cruz referred to McConnell’s refusal as “unprecedented procedural trick” designed to keep GOP Senators from having to be held accountable.
Cruz isn’t saying anything new, but what he’s saying needs to be said.