Ted Cruz to Rush Limbaugh: GOP Is ‘Defeatist’

After his lengthy speech, the senator takes to Rush Limbaugh’s show to slam his colleagues.

Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, center, greets supporters at a voting precinct Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Houston. Cruz faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff election for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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Alex Seitz Wald
Sept. 25, 2013, 9:55 a.m.

Just about an hour after end­ing his mara­thon speech on the Sen­ate floor, Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas took to Rush Limbaugh’s air­waves to slam his GOP col­leagues for not back­ing him up.

Cruz said the Sen­ate GOP Con­fer­ence is be­set by a “de­feat­ist at­ti­tude” and warned that if Limbaugh at­ten­ded a single meet­ing, he’d need years of ther­apy to deal with the trauma. Re­pub­lic­ans, he said, want a “show vote … rather than ac­tu­ally fight­ing.”

“Mike Lee and I have been at­tend­ing the meet­ings with Re­pub­lic­an sen­at­ors for months and asked, does any­one have a plan [to deal with Obama­care]? There’s nev­er been a plan,” he said, so he stepped in. Cruz has been try­ing to force a con­front­a­tion over a gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill, which must get passed be­fore Tues­day to avert a gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“There’s an al­li­ance between the Demo­crats … and many of the Re­pub­lic­ans who are scared of this fight,” Cruz said of the cri­ti­cism he’s sus­tained in re­cent days from with­in his own party. And los­ing on Obama­care is “hon­estly the out­come that more than a few [GOP­ers] de­sire,” he ad­ded.

Cruz re­peated his in­sist­ence that any Re­pub­lic­an who votes for clo­ture on a bill to fund the gov­ern­ment “is vot­ing to de­fend Obama­care,” and that if Re­pub­lic­ans protest oth­er­wise, they’re fool­ing the Amer­ic­an people. “A lot of Re­pub­lic­ans are go­ing to claim, no, no, no—their vote for clo­ture is in sup­port of the House vote, which is simply not the case. It’s a show vote,” he said.

Cruz read a lengthy pas­sage writ­ten by Limbaugh’s fath­er dur­ing his non-fili­buster “fili­buster” and praised the ra­dio host. The two of them agree on so much, Cruz said, be­cause they listen to “the same bosses … the Amer­ic­an people.”


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