Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Ted Cruz Wants Obama to Focus on Benghazi in State of the Union Ted Cruz Wants Obama to Focus on Benghazi in State of the Union

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Congress

Ted Cruz Wants Obama to Focus on Benghazi in State of the Union

(SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Ted Cruz is training his rhetorical fire on President Obama's State of the Union speech.

The Texas Republican, who attracted the spotlight in October with his defund-Obamacare campaign that led to the shutdown, is planning to spend the days leading up to Tuesday's speech on five key issues for conservatives, Cruz said in a statement Wednesday.

"As the president prepares his State of the Union address, he has signaled he has no intention of clearing the air," Cruz said. "The lack of accountability in Washington is creating a crisis of confidence in this country."

 

Cruz plans to ask Obama to focus on the IRS investigation into conservative groups, National Security Agency surveillance, the economy, Benghazi, and Obamacare.

Cruz's questions to Obama indicate the possible presidential contender's tack going forward. The approach also comes soon after Cruz hired Paul Teller, the former top aide to the House Republican Study Committee who was dismissed amid allegations he shared information with conservative outside groups.

Since Cruz's autumn stand over Obamacare, he has kept a lower profile on the Senate floor. Democrats blocked a pair of his amendments to roll back the law during the omnibus appropriations debate, but Cruz did not block a deal to move up a vote on the bill. He ultimately voted against the $1.1 trillion spending bill.

The senator has seen his poll numbers drop since his overnight floor speech on Obamacare in September. In a recent NBC News/Marist poll, Cruz's support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents dropped from 10 percent to 5 percent, knocking him from the list of top-five contenders.

Job Board
Search Jobs
Digital and Content Manager, E4C
American Society of Civil Engineers | New York, NY
PRODUCT REVIEW ENGINEER
American Society of Civil Engineers | CA
Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Bellevue, WA
United Technologies Research Fellow
American Society of Civil Engineers | New York, NY
Process Engineering Co-op
American Society of Civil Engineers | Conshohocken, PA
Electrical Engineer Co-op
American Society of Civil Engineers | Findlay, OH
Application Engineer/Developer INTERN - Complex Fluids
American Society of Civil Engineers | Brisbane, CA
Application Engineer - Internships CAE/CFD Metro Detroit
American Society of Civil Engineers | Livonia, MI
Chief Geoscientist
American Society of Civil Engineers
Application Engineer - Internships CAE/CFD Metro Boston
American Society of Civil Engineers | Burlington, MA
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Civil Enginering Intern - Water/Wastewater/Site-Development
American Society of Civil Engineers | Sacramento, CA
Staff Accountant
American Society of Civil Engineers | Englewood, CO
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus