What Ted Cruz Thinks About the 2016 Contenders

Hillary Clinton is “misguided,” Rand Paul is “liberty loving,” and Chris Christie is “brash.”

US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Cruz and others spoke about the upcoming winter Olympics in Sochi and Russia's human rights record.
National Journal
Elahe Izad
Feb. 27, 2014, 5:12 a.m.

In a word, Ted Cruz thinks Hil­lary Clin­ton is “mis­guided.”

“She has con­sist­ently been wrong on do­mest­ic policy and for­eign policy,” he said dur­ing a Politico Play­book Break­fast. One ex­ample? Hil­lary­Care, which Cruz called the pre­curs­or to Obama­care. 

Cruz pre­dicts, like many oth­er pun­dits, that Clin­ton is very likely to be the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee if she runs in 2016. But to think she’s a shoo-in bey­ond that would be wrong, Cruz said, pre­dict­ing a 40 per­cent chance Demo­crats could win the White House.

“At the end of the day, I re­cog­nize the me­dia all think, ‘Oh, she’s un­stop­pable,’ which is fine,” Cruz said. “But they thought she was un­stop­pable in 2008.”

Aside from Clin­ton, Cruz had only nice things to say about po­ten­tial 2016 Re­pub­lic­an con­tenders, call­ing New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie “brash,” — a pos­it­ive ad­ject­ive, ap­par­ently — and Sen. Rand Paul of Ken­tucky “liberty-lov­ing.”

One seni­or Re­pub­lic­an Cruz isn’t eager to is­sue com­pli­ments about? Mitch Mc­Con­nell. He called him a “lead­er,” be­cause “that is what is stenciled on his door.”

“I strongly dis­agree with “¦ some of the de­cisions that Re­pub­lic­an lead­er­ship has made this past year,” Cruz said. “There is a real di­vide over how to win elec­tions.”

That’s cer­tainly no sur­prise, as Cruz didn’t come to Wash­ing­ton to make friends. And at no time was that made more clear than dur­ing the debt-ceil­ing de­bate, when he ob­jec­ted to al­low­ing a simple-ma­jor­ity vote, thereby for­cing at least five Re­pub­lic­ans to vote for a pro­ced­ur­al mo­tion to al­low the debt-ceil­ing bill to move for­ward. In the end, 12 Re­pub­lic­ans, in­clud­ing nearly all of the lead­er­ship, voted yes. 

What We're Following See More »
Peña Nieto, Trump Trade Subtle Jabs in Statements
3 hours ago

Following their meeting, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, briefly addressed the media, with Peña Nieto subtly rebuking Trump's rhetoric. While he spoke respectfully about Trump, Peña Nieto did not back down, saying that free trade has proved effective and that illegal immigration into America from the south has decreased over the last ten years while the flow of people and drugs into Mexico has increased. Additionally, he stressed that Mexicans in America are "honest" and "deserve respect." Trump responded, calling some Mexicans "tremendous people" while saying others are "beyond reproach." Trump laid out five important issues, including the end of illegal immigration and the ability for either country to build a wall or border. However, Trump said he did not discuss who would pay for the wall.

SCOTUS Won’t Restore NC Voter ID Law
3 hours ago

A divided Supreme Court "refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina’s voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting. The court rejected a request by Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials to delay a lower court ruling that found the state law was tainted by racial discrimination."

Court: 2nd Amendment Doesn’t Protect Pot Users’ Gun Rights
4 hours ago
Woman Self-Immolates in Congressman’s Office
6 hours ago

"Police say a woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis' office on Chicago's West Side, drank out of a bottle of hand sanitizer, poured the sanitizer over herself and set herself on fire with a lighter." The Democrat wasn't in the office at the time.

White House Grants $53 Million for Opioids
8 hours ago

"The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday awarded 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia a combined $53 million in grants to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorders and ultimately aimed at reducing the number of opioid-related deaths." But HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and drug czar Michael Botticelli both called on Congress to approve the $1.1 billion Obama has requested to fight the opioid crisis.