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In the Crossfire: Sen. Ted Cruz & Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
October 10th, 2013
11:35 AM ET

In the Crossfire: Sen. Ted Cruz & Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse


We're one week away from the debt ceiling deadline and a temporary solution may be in sight. But is it the right move, and what about the long term?

President Obama will first talk with Senate Democrats today, followed by a meeting with Republican leadership.

In the Crossfire tonight, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who is among the Democrats meeting with the president, and Senator Ted Cruz, who has been at forefront of the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.

They'll join hosts Van Jones and Newt Gingrich to make their case tonight at 6:30 and 11:30pm ET.

Do you have any questions for Sens. Cruz and Whitehouse? Leave a comment below or tweet us using #Crossfire.

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    October 16, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
  2. Brian

    The most painless solution to all this drama
    Is for the GOP and The President to agree
    To raise the debt ceiling, and the looming Budget Battle -
    BY -–
    For a specific amount of time, agreed to by both Parties.
    But should also address an end the GOP"s
    Future brinksmanship strategy as a tactic for capitulation.

    It gives the GOP their Govt. spending cuts -
    And gives Obama a solution, that the Country, has seemingly adapted to without Catastrophe.
    Its also fairer – in that everybody feels the pain

    October 11, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  3. joy of life

    I am an independent. I thought there were a few good republicans left.. like few good democrats who want to put country first and not necessarily worrying about getting re-elected.

    Past two weeks, have made me sick to the stomach. One good thing came out of it. This Idiot – Mr. Cruz.. and a coward speaker (that I used to think was smart and fair) has made it clear to me that NEVER EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN EVER... until they get rid of these extremists from the party. They are out there to hurt the country. They are worst then terrorists.. Torturing their own citizens..

    Mr, Cruz is not a "Snake Oil" man. He is a poisonous SNAKE himself – I used to live in Texas. thank God I moved.. I pray for all Texans. They are stuck with Perry and Cruz for now.. What shame... Get rid of these idiots Texas.. you are a great state... Pick some good representatives that make your state and our country proud.

    October 11, 2013 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • Matt

      Both parties have members on the extreme side of their party. You don't think Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are extremists on the other side? They are just as much a part of this problem as the Republicans. Why would you blindly vote Democrat because you don't agree with a couple of Republicans? Reid and Pelosi are idiots, but that wouldn't stop me from voting Democrat if I agreed with an individual candidate's position over a Republican. People that blindly vote Republican or Democrat without understanding the candidates or issues shouldn't vote at all.

      October 11, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  4. joy of life

    I am an independent.. I do have some respect for a few republicans.. and few democrats... However, this idiot made it easy for me to vote in next 25 election cycles... NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN I SWEAR...

    This is pathetic..

    Mr. Cruz is not "snake oil" man... he is a poisonous snake himself.. and a compulsive LIAR...making stuff up to support his idiotic agenda.

    I used to live in Texas.. Thank God I moved... Perry and Cruz.. my God,,, What a curse on the state. I will pray for all the Texans.. Get rid of this poisonous snake...Lose him soon...

    October 11, 2013 at 3:43 am | Reply
  5. Pat

    If Ted Cruz was born in Canada, how can he run for President of the United States. What have I missed in his ability to run?

    October 11, 2013 at 2:45 am | Reply
    • Josh

      because one or both of his parents were american citizens. You can be a naturalized citizen if you're born in country, o rif you're born to a citizen.

      October 11, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  6. Scott

    I wish I could have asked Sen. Whitehouse this question tonight: Sen. Whitehouse, the Senate is known as a collegial body. What do you think is the future of a junior senator who has overstepped his role in this body? Will that senator simply burn out like a cheap 4th of July coke bottle rocket? Will you, and his Republican colleagues, ever trust Sen. Cruz to work with them on any important issue? CAN they trust that man ever again?

    October 11, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  7. fairfat50

    Ted Cruz will be remembered for driving the final stake through the heart of the GOP and watching it die.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  8. ProtectAmericanJobs

    It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country, its citizens and especially our military men and women.

    Americans need Patriotic American Leaders – NOT Party-Line-Politicians!

    Both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

    The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel. Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for the greatest country on earth is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to encourage and protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs, a future for our children and jobs for our military veterans when they return home from serving our country.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  9. Jason

    Mr Cruz. I think you are doing a wonderful job. Im really happy to see that there are still some people in this world with morals and values, and stand up for what we want. Thank you so much for standing firm.
    God Bless you sir.

    October 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Mel

      Mr Cruz and his tea tea party seditionists are attempting to circumvent the Constitution and the will of the American people. Only to a warped Baptist mind can that be considered good.

      October 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        How exactly is Ted Cruz circumventing the Constitution? You must be thinking of Obama when you make that claim... no president has ever over-stepped the bounds of the executive office as much as he has.

        October 11, 2013 at 10:59 am |
    • Edward Kopec

      You must live in a bubble if you think Sen. Cruz has morals. He is the Senator Joe Mcarthy of the 21st Century. He is an egotistical, vicious megalomaniac who thinks nothing about the American people. He is a simple bully whose power allows him to intimidate other Republican Senators into sharing his warped view of Obama and Obamacare. Wake up !

      October 11, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • mannyalbite

      First before I even start I know I am not going to convince you and second when you told Ted God Bless him I wish it would be true, right now he is being bless by the Satan and I am not into religion, but people like you have failed to recognized where you live, this is a country that has 300 million souls, some bad some sick and many good, it up to us the good to make this work and the government has to be involve, Ted theory will work if this was Haiti, but in a nation so powerful so big and with so many problems we need a government with us the people to work, if you leave it just to the private sector than those who are bad because we have rich bad medium bad and poor bad, so those rich bad will cause so much damage because of their greed that even tea heads like you will be screaming for the government to step in, and what we need to do is once again invest in the middle class, invest in the poor so they can find work and not being depended on the government also raised the minimum wage because every great nation will need also this type of people in the team, but they need to be treated fair and a better wage, so instead of trickle down because it has been proven it does not work, we need to start at the bottom and work ourselves up to make this a better nation and one more thing too raised the tax on the rich by doing that it will bring also much needed capital and believe me they won't suffer and also the most important ingredient fraud and corruption must stop from government to the private.

      October 11, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • Isaac Asimov

      I stopped a long time ago eating out at restaurants, because I was tired of those ill fated nights that I had to suffer through food poisoning. Hours of puking, and cramping and just praying for it to be over. That is how I feel about the Republican party right now, especially politicians like senator Cruz, all it takes is just seeing him and the sickness starts. How does someone like that get elected?

      October 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  10. Mel

    Pres Obama, do not negotiate with right wing seditionists.

    October 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  11. Dave

    Great show!

    October 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  12. workingmom

    I hope CNN shows Mr Cruz these comments, I hope he is reading the emails from the people in his state.
    He is an idiot! And he and all the other republicans will be scratching their heads come election time " why weren't we re-elected". We will remember what you put the country through! Pass the healthcare act that is law and that the American people want! Mr Cruz and all the other tea party and republican wackos are leading us in a bad direction.

    October 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Check your facts... the majority of American don't want Obamacare and don't think it is ready for implementation. The Democrats are on the wrong side of the majority of Americans on this issue.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Josh

        Most Americans dont even know what Obamacare is. They hear the embellished facts and outright lies fed to them by foxnews, businesses that want to keep high profits, and fear-mongering radio hosts. nd true, they dont being told what to buy by the government – but this case, they get something in return too. Health insurance costs are currently rising (as if they hadnt been prior to the passage of Obamacare) in part because certain aspects of the law, like the no pre-existing conditions, etc) have gone into effect, while others havent yet, like the individual mandate. meaning more people are using insurance who need a lot of medical care. It's going to cost more because the insurance companies spread the costs across the board to the insured. But once the individual mandate and the device tax kick in (and the money starts flowing) that should begin to bring the costs down. A bigger pool to distribute costs among, and revenue from teh tax. You can give big business (who employee thousands) a delay, because the cost to help offset their employees medical insurance would be huge until the costs start to dro after the mandate has been working for a year. The individual mandate cant be postponed, because that makes everything cost more. Mr Cruz knows that, but wants to act as if he's helping the average guy, when really, his suggestions or demands on the ACA would make it worse – just so he can say "I told you how bad it was going to be" after he sabotaged it, and so he'll get reelected by his ignorant constituents who dont know what obamacare really is, how it works, and because they do and think whatever Glenn Beck tells them to think because, no matter how idiotic, that is somehow easier than reading for themselves. He cant get rid of the ACA now and he knows it. He just hopes he can make it look worse than it is so he can maintain his place in government, receiving his lobbyist donations.

        October 11, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • Matt

        Josh – people hear just as many embellished facts and outright lies from MSNBC hosts and liberal radio programs. Why do liberals feel the need to constantly bash Fox News? They are no more biased than MSNBC and other media outlets (probably less so). The medical device tax is a gimmick. Who do you think is going to pay for that? The medical device companies aren't just going to eat it. They are going to pass it on to their customers, who are going to pass it on to consumers, so it ultimately increases the cost of healthcare. It's like taking money from your right pocket so you can stuff your left pocket. And what is going to stop young healthy Americans from paying the small fine to avoid the huge cost of an Obamacare policy so the program doesn't see that huge influx of cash? This whole program is going to be way more expensive than Obama advertised.

        October 11, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • Josh

        I mentioned foxnews and not MSNBC because we're talking about made up horror stories of Obamacare. MSNBC doesnt do that. I'm in business, so I realize the taxes will be built into the medical device costs, but we still have somewhat of a free market, and I dont think competitiveness will allow that much of a markup, but time will tell. They're marked up stupid high already. And I'm sure many young healthy americans will opt for the tax (although in most cases that's shortsighted), but the tax is there to compensate. They're not using health insurance, so in theory they're costing the system even less, yet contributing their tax dollars. Maybe the ACA will fail, maybe it will be a success, but all Cruz is doing is wasting time on crap ideas that he knows are bogus. dont fall for it.

        October 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
      • Matt

        I know MSNBC isn't bad-mouthing Obamacare, but they spout out many half-truths or lies that just add to the overall confusion. I'm no Cruz fanatic, but I can respect what he's trying to do without thinking he's an anarchist trying to overthrow the government. In my opinion, the Republicans really over-played their hand out of the gate. If they had tried to suggest minor changes/improvements to Obamacare instead of a full repeal, maybe Obama and Reid would be more likely to negotiate. It was stupid of them to start off negotiations in such an unrealistic position. It might not have made a difference though. Obama and Reid wanted to see the shut down happen because they thought it would punish Republican's politically in the 2014 mid-terms.

        October 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • Isaac Asimov

        Really, I think you should check your facts idiot. Health care was a major issue in the last two elections, and Americans voted for the Obama Care when this president was elected. Actually 65,899,660 Americans to be exact, voted for Obama Care.

        October 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
  13. Mel

    I also find it interesting and ironic that the GOP passed a hugely expensive Medicare Part D, (it was a gift of public monies to the big pharma) and yet will shut down the government and threaten our economy because of a too expensive, (their terms) Affordable Health Care Act.

    October 10, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  14. Mel

    Is the ACA the law of the land? YES. Was it passed by both Houses of Congress, signed by the president and found to be constitutional by the SCOTUS? YES. The Constitution clearly spells out the procedure for a law to be repealed. The extreme right wing ideologues are using threats, extortion, and blackmail to subvert the Constitution and our democracy. These anti-democracy seditionists need to be impeached and exiled from this country.

    October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Sure, most Republicans want to repeal and replace this law, but is that what they are asking for in this debate? No... they are asking for a one-year delay so it's ready for implementation. The majority of Americans are on the side of Republicans in this debate. Has anyone tried to use the Obamacare website? What do you think the White House refuses to release any statistics on the number of sign-ups? Because they are too embarrassed. What the Republicans are asking for is very reasonable. It's unreasonable for Reid and Obama to negotiate at all.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
  15. Tanika

    Why isn't my comment on your site? I selected publish, or does this website have someone picking and choosing what is posted? So much for freedom of speech...

    October 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  16. Paula

    Mr. Cruz please stop justifying your idiocity by suggesting THE AMERICAN PEOPLE are behind your actions!! I guarantee Sir, you do not represent the majority of this country and never will.

    October 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      It's not Ted Cruz' job to represent the majority of the American people. It's his job to represent the people in TX that elected him. Did he not run on a platform of fighting Obamacare? Why is he suddenly un-American or anti-democracy because he's working to do exactly what he said he would do when he was elected?

      October 11, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
      • Josh

        his people should have elected him to help pass a budget instead of shutdown the government over a stupid losing battle.

        October 11, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • Matt

        How exactly has Ted Cruz shut down the government? We could debate whether House Republicans or Senate Democrats and Obama are more to blame, but Cruz isn't in either of those groups. He got what he wanted... putting more media attention on what he sees as the failures of Obamacare, but I wouldn't put the responsibility for the shut down on him. I agree the idiots on both sides should work together to pass a budget... and not at midnight on the night before the deadline. They need to go behind closed doors and not come out until they have a resolution. Both sides need to quit playing it up for the cameras. The media has made this into more of a crisis than it needs to be.

        October 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
  17. ProtectAmericanJobs

    It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country, its citizens and especially our military men and women.

    Americans need Patriotic American Leaders – NOT Party-Line-Politicians!

    The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel. Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for the greatest country on earth is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to encourage and protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs, a future for our children and jobs for our military veterans when they return home from serving our country.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  18. Nan

    I think the purpose of trying to postpone the ACA is to try to make it a campaign issue for 2014. Cruz has been successful in stirring up hatred and fear over this "issue", and he would, no doubt, make this an even more divided country, appealing the the lightly educated, especially in the South.
    This has happened before in Texas. I was there. Look up Bruce Alger and see the kind of viciousness he encouraged. (Alger ended up selling real estate in Florida, if I remember correctly.)
    Insuring domestic tranquility does not seem to be on Cruz's want list.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • mannyalbite

      I don't think so by 2014 ACA will be loved even by tea heads

      October 11, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • Matt

      I don't t think it's possible to divide this country any more than Obama already has. The fact that you think people in the South are uneducated is highly offensive.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
  19. Nancy

    What is your next career, the one you'll be pursuing after this term?

    October 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • What Now

      Fox news host.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  20. Citizen Submariner

    I have a question for both parties, as a citizen sailor I applaud the passage of the POMA(Pay our Military Act) and its bipartisan passage in both houses of Congress and its signing into law by the POTUS. My question is without a debt ceiling hike or subsequent raise in revenue how do actually pay me and my fellow citizen soldiers. Some people say that we could still pay our creditors if the debt ceiling is not raised. How politically tenable is it to pay China and Japan and not pay for disaster relief, military death benefits, or social security.

    October 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      First of all, there's zero chance the debt ceiling won't be raised before the deadline. No one wants to wear the blame for that disaster so our idiot politicians (and I'm referring to both sides) will come together in a last minute deal at midnight, just like they always do. Secondly, we don't have the ability to pick and choose which part of the debt is repaid if we weren't able to raise the debt ceiling. There's no way to pay me if I take my US savings bonds into the bank to be redeemed, but not pay someone in China if they want to redeem theirs. Having to pick and choose whether we pay our debts, pay social security benefits, pay the military, etc would be such a terrible job that there's no way it will be allowed to happen. Shame on people like Jack Lew that are going around scaring people into thinking their social security checks aren't going to show up next month!

      October 11, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
  21. Penny

    Please move out of Texas Mr. Cruz. You don't represent Texas values and I am cerrtain the voters will let you know come election day.

    October 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  22. Steve

    I have a question for Senator Cruz:

    Senator, whether or not you like Obamacare, you have to admit that it's a big deal for President Obama. For better or worse, it's his signature legislation and I think it's quite obvious he wants to keep it as law. For Obamacare to be overturned, he'd either need to sign its overturning into law, or get enough votes in Congress to override his veto. Do you actually think that the government shutdown might cause one of those two possibilities to happen? If not, what do you hope to accomplish by supporting the government shutdown?

    October 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Suresh

      He already knows the answer, and still does what he does anyway.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  23. Justin

    Mr. Cruz. It is apparent by the last election that the majority American people want the ACA to be successful. Why do you keep saying the American People do not want it? Your Constituents do not want it but they do not represent the majority of America. Why do you keep saying the American people do not want the ACA?

    October 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Suresh

      Because in his narrow-minded view, his redneck sheeple are what he imagines ALL OF AMERICA to be like. At the least, he is a LIAR and a HYPOCRITE.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Why do you think it is so clear that the American people want Obamacare? In that same election, the American people elected a Republican house majority. Most of those people ran on a platform of defunding Obamacare. The 2012 election wasn't a mandate on Obamacare. It it weren't for Obama's inexplicable personal likability, there would be a Republican in the White House right now.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  24. Jon Mattoon

    Mr. Cruz, your bombastic and egocentric approach as a freshman senator is far from a breath of fresh air! Subtle you are not. A class act you are not. Your self-centered and transparent ambition is an embarassment to Texas and to the nation. Your state deserves better representation in Washington! Take your lizard boots and your Harvard deplomma back to Texas and try wrangling cattle! Big Hat, no integrity! Big mouth, no class!

    October 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  25. luvUamerica

    if Sarah Palin undergoes sex change, you get Ted Cruz.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Suresh

      Picture this: 2016 – Cruz/Palin vs [Hillary]Clinton/Warren. LOL!!!!

      October 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  26. Sadanand

    We need to be YOU. It is people like you, Palin and Bachmann who got Obama elected second time around. It is you and your tea party morons who will again hand it to Dems and Hillary in 2014 & 2016. Good job. I live in Texas and am an Independent. Will never vote Republican till all you morons are voted out by your own party backers. Republicans at their worst that I have ever seen. Your would rather screw the American people just to get to Obama. Just pathetic.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  27. Andy

    Ted, did you come from under a rock like a lot of snakes do?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  28. Mary Alice

    Get a Balanced Budget Amendment, don't spend more than you receive. We must lower the national debt.
    Stop Spending! Stop Spending! Thank you Mr. Gingrich for your "common sense and insight"

    October 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Who's driving this clown car?

      common sense and insight...from Newt? surely you jest!

      October 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Bobpitt

      did you complain when Regan spend three trillion dollars and left a huge hole on the debt?

      October 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  29. Al

    Senator Cruz, could you explain how Speaker Boehner used taxpayer money to pay you while you represented him in 1998 for his lawsuit against Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle? Can you also explain how it was legal for then Congressman Boehner to raise money to pay for your fees from his war chest? Should public funds been allowed to pay for your services?

    What would you say to your critics about your past relationship with Speaker Boehner and your political aspirations?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  30. cyberguitarman

    I was born and live in Texas, and frankly I'm ashamed that the people of this Great state elected a anarchist like Ted Cruz. His claims that the American people want the ACA repealed (as in the vast majority) are completely false. Many don't think it went far enough. The point is if you want it repealed, then try and get more Republicans elected to the Senate and put your efforts into taking the Whitehouse in 2016. Holding the country hostage with obstructionist tactics, and your extreme ideology is criminal in my mind and has no place in our government.

    CNN, why are you giving this guy press anyway?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Who's driving this clown car?

      the shame is on those who put him in office...

      October 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • Suresh

        If they want to "defund" to reduce spending, they should start with the defense budget.

        October 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  31. TheTraveler

    If you want a better, a more balanced and a more intelligent response from the GOP, don't interview Ted Cruz. He "represents" a small minority of Republicans, not the larger majority of moderates who can see discussion and compromise as the path to resolving problems. Ted Cruz is today, what Sarah Palin was a few years ago, not newsworthy at all, just a sad form of what might loosely be called "entertainment".

    October 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  32. Long Shanks

    I'm embarrassed to live in Texas. Cruz has one of those faces that when you saw him as a kid you immediately thought "What a pu$$y". You know what I'm talking about.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  33. Right on, Josh!

    I think Teddy's behavior must be ALL about becoming President of the Tea Party. Unfortunately, he has made such an ass out of himself, he might consider flipping burgers because that is how much chance he has of getting the rest of the country to give him their vote.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  34. Bill

    Why does Ted Cruz continously say that we need to listen to the American people because they do not want ACA when he and the rest of republicans did not listen to the American people when 80% of them wanted to expand background checks for gum purchases. Seems like the Tea Party only wants people to do what they want.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      The problem is most politicians in Washington (on both sides) are so disconnected from the people that none of them are doing what the people want. They all have their own agenda.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  35. Ferris

    Ask Senator Cruz if he supports repealing the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act which requires hospitals to provide care regardless of a person's ability to pay. If he says yes people will go without care. If he says no then those costs are passed onto to people who have insurance. Shouldn't people be required to buy insurance if they are going to be entitled to care? It's no small matter as the American Hospital Association reports that about 6% of care provided in US hospitals is uncompensated.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      That isn't going to change under Obamacare. Those 6% will now have insurance that is mostly subsidized by the taxpayers. So what have we accomplished?

      October 11, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
  36. Roger_RI

    When will Mr. Whitehouse come up with an idea of his own? His "GO Along to GET Along" strategy is what keeps Rhode Island from moving forward economically. We've been stck in the trench evr since we gave his party the keys. We need no new government spending, new Job creating policies and less government intrusion in our lives.... Goooooo Ted!

    October 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  37. Jaime

    Sen. Cruz: Weren't you born in Canada and therefore your parents and family enjoyed the healthcare of the Canadian system?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  38. Deborah Reppenhagen

    Why has the Senate not voted on any individual appropriation this year? There were already house votes and Senate Commitee votes by June for Military Veterans, July for Homeland Security, and August for Defense. Did the Democratic Senate intentionally table all work on individual approprations to intentionally force a crisis to be timed with new debt cieling approval?

    October 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  39. enjaye

    Would someone please ask Sen. Cruz, how he can continue to say that he is fighting for his constituents, when 1 out of 4 Texans are uninsured? Ask him what solution does he have for that? More importantly, can someone ask him why the Republican House rejected the Senate's request to confer about the budget 18 times this year, prior to the shutdown? Also, ask him why the Republican party didn't accept Reid's budget over Ryan's budget, even though Reid's budget beat Ryan's budget by an additional $70? Thanks!

    October 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • enjaye

      Would someone please ask Sen. Cruz, how he can continue to say that he is fighting for his constituents, when 1 out of 4 Texans are uninsured? Ask him what solution does he have for that? More importantly, can someone ask him why the Republican House rejected the Senate's request to confer about the budget 18 times this year, prior to the shutdown? Also, ask him why the Republican party didn't accept Reid's budget over Ryan's budget, even though Reid's budget beat Ryan's budget by an additional $70 billion dollars? Thanks!

      October 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  40. TomGI

    Cruz is campaigning for president from his current job. He has to try to keep momentum for himself through 2016. Good luck with that dummy.

    October 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  41. Pat

    The Repubs are now trying to blame Pres. Obama & the Democrats for the shutdown, when clearly all summer long they have been planning shutting down the government over the ACA. They also were seen on camera celebrating when exiting their meeting to go forward with the shutdown a few weeks ago. IT'S ON CAMERA - they were all jubilant & happy that the Fed. Gov't would be shut down as they had planned. How do they now say that they weren't for a Gov't. shutdown? And if they don't believe in the ACA, what plan do they have for people who can't afford health insurance, besides going to the ERs?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  42. Stephen Corea

    Senator Cruz, how much campaign money did you receive from the Koch Brothers as well as the Heritage Foundation and other Koch brothers front organizations?

    Also Insurance works best when it has a critical mass, ie a large pool of insured. How can individuals with a government welfare voucher (the Republican plan) hope to get lower costs when they have no buying power. Buying power is what the Tea party republicans seem to want to have for themselves, why not allow the American people the same power? Are you afraid they will use their power in ways you and your Koch brother masters do not approve of?

    I am sure you will not answer any of this clearly and truthfully....I dare you to prove me wrong.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      Probably no more campaign money than Obama received from George Soros and his related organizations.

      October 11, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  43. aalchikta

    Senator Cruz What did you and we as poeple gain from the 10 days of shutdown ? When Dems had proposed talks before the shutwon on May 6 and then on june 26. They didnt give anything during the shutdown so is the GOP now admitting that this was a bad tactis and wrong politcs all along by offering a short term debt deal and trying to salvage what they can?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  44. kurtinco

    "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." -US Constitution

    This says that only natural born citizens or people who became citizens at least 14 years prior to the passage of the Constitution are eligible to be president or vice-president provided they are at least 35 years old. How hard is this to understand? Sen. Cruz, stop running for the presidency. You are not eligible. Period.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      I don't like the guy, but if he has a parent who had american citizenship when he was born, regardless of where he was born, he's a naturalized citizen.

      October 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  45. Barbara

    Your giving Ted Cruz exactly what he wants...ATTENTION. Frankly the American people are SICK of him. He does not deserve any more attention...he has done enough damage. Whats so sad is I believe Mr. Cruz thinks this is a game and some how he has won.... how sad the American voters are going to literally kick him out of office. He is the laughing stock of the Republican Party AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY. His days are numbered..enjoy Mr. Cruz... your about to join the unemployment line....Good one will ever hire you! The American people will not forget what a IDIOT YOU ARE!!!!!

    October 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  46. aalchikta

    Sen. Cruz What did you and we gaiin from 10 days of shutdown when the talks could have happened before? Dems had proposed this many times, they didn't give anything during the shutdown. so is the GOP now saving face by offering a short term debt deal instead of accepting that this was a bad tactis and simply wrong politics

    October 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  47. Frank

    Why should Ted Cruz even be considered for re-election, when that time comes, when his sole purpose to be elected in the first place was to shut down the government? Why would any law-abiding American citizen vote for a shut down in government? If he gets elected again or really be allowed to stay in politics, now, is like the
    American people voting to shut down the government.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  48. kurtinco

    Dear Sen. Cruz; Why don't you stop running for the presidency by bringing our government down and threatening the entire world economy? You are not even eligible to be the president since you were born in Canada and you cannot prove that your mother was actually born in the United States (no birth record can be found in Delaware, where she was supposedly born) and we know that your father was not born in the United States. What part of "natural born citizen" don't you understand?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  49. Sherry

    Cruz is a Canadian who get free healthcare. Why are they listening to anything he has to say? Why is a Canadian running the GOP?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  50. Jordan

    Congressman Cruz: What would your reaction be if Obama vetoed any bills passed by Congress unless amendments were added that instituted mandatory background checks and banning certain assault style rifles, such as the AR-15? How does such a strategy differ from Congress' current strategy with respect to the government shutdown and debt ceiling?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Suresh

      Ted and related idiots don't seem to realize that two can play that game.. In other words, Dems can take notes, and issue their own threats when the tables are turned, and mislabel the unreasonable demands as 'negotiation'.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  51. carlos

    people, his name is not ted, his real name is R A F A E L and because is a Latino/Spanish name he doesn't use it and he abhors them, besides he is a Canadian and they don't want him, period........should tell you something.

    he is becoming another kardashian (^.^)

    October 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  52. bawana

    ted cruz sucks,,,i am from texas and am embarassed to say that ,,,why ? because of people like this guy and rick perry,,i mean how stupid can you get,,i talk to my fb friends from all over the world and they laugh about how stupid these guys are,,it's really embarassing,,ted you need to go hang with rick perry at ni##erhead ranch and hunt up some new dump for ewe guys to hump

    October 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  53. Eddie

    Ted Cruz, why haven't you defended the immigration reform with more passion since your father came to the U.S. for the same reasons these 11 million illegals came and why do you avoid appearing on Univision or Telemundo. A lot of congressmen and senator appear are you afraid to tarnish your image with the Tea Party?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  54. Kim Bahnsen

    Quit putting this man on TV!!! It only encourages his craziness. If you starve him from the limelight he craves maybe he'll shut up.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  55. Sree

    Congressman Cruz, you keep saying "The American People" so many times. Did the American People not reelect the President and ratify ACA. Where are you getting your numbers from because they dont seem to match any poll numbers. Do you believe in democracy and polls?

    October 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  56. Rick

    Why do we not quit borrowing money so we can give it away to countries that MIGHT help us? When we were recovering from disasters nobody came to our aid to help. Why do we not quit being the police force for the world and spend that money at home. We need a defense force for home and not a police force for others.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • Rick, NOW I recognize you!

      Ah...a Republican. I recognize the "I got mine, where's yours?" mentality.

      October 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
    • What Now

      That would be like buying yourself a house full of guns with no ammo and then leaving the door open. The safety of our country does not begin and end at our borders.

      October 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  57. Gingrich Sr Meets Gingrich Jr

    Gingrich of the 20th Century Meets gingrich of the 21st century

    October 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Barbara

      Cant Wait....hope Gingrich takes Cruz that would be good television!!!! Come on Gingrich.....lets make the debate know Cruz is CRAZY!!!!!!

      October 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  58. Greg Goodman

    Stop referring to what the the American people want. Please refer to them as the American taxpayers. They are the ones on whose back Washington's excessive taxes fall. The non payers have no stake in slowing down spending. They want the "freebies"

    October 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Kathleen

      HOW DARE YOU? The seniors and active military and disabled and poor are just as much Americans as you. You should be ashamed of yourself. You need a hearty helping of "there, but for the grace of God, go I".

      October 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  59. Amar

    Sen. Cruz, how come the GOP didn't negotiate with the democrats well before this shutdown happened? It appears that some of the democrats had asked to have a conference with you all on certain days such as May 6 and June 26, and you blocked both of them. What reasons do you have for blocking the conference? Was this conference even related to the current budget issue? Anyways, I hope all of you in congress will figure out a good solution for all of us soon.

    October 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • bob

      you got it right in the beginning by calling him senator but then say he should be kicked out of congress which is wrong b/c he is in the senate. you seem to be clueless

      October 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Congress is made up of two parts: the House of Representatives and the Senate.

        October 10, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
      • David

        Maybe you are clueless. The ball is in the House's court. He is requesting they do the work they are paid for.

        October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  60. 2020

    Cruz, you don't deserve America, it is too good for you. Go find another country, like Edward Snowdon. May be Pultin will give you a hole to hide.

    That Gringrich should educate you what he had learned (if any).

    Plainly, GOP falls off the cliff, jump into the lake or disappear in thin air, NO BODY CARES!!!!

    They did it to themselves, Ted Cruz.......Eric Cantor should be kicked out of the House, They are too stubborn to be educated, and too stupid to learn. They hurt the ordinary American too much to be forgiven. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    October 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • kennethr

      It's call CANADA that is where he was born.!Idont know if he has a dual citizenship or not but if he does unless he gives it up he never become president.

      October 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  61. Kevin

    Oh yeah... Mr. Cruz again on national TV.

    I expect another small bump for Democrats in the poll tomorrow. =)

    October 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  62. Billy

    Mr. Cruz I am a conservative Rep/Independent and I think your strategy is dangerous for the economy, federal workers and the US as a whole. Until you have a Rep house, senate and WH you are not going to get ACA repealed or delayed. Instead you are hurting a lot of people with the futile tactics. The ACA is probably bad and will more than likely be ineffective but it is not going away now. So why put the American public through this exercise? PS I live in Texas and I am ashamed of your actions and other Rep as well. I hope you and the Rep lose big in the mid-term and next Presidential election cycles.

    October 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • kennethr


      October 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Carol in Ohio

      I could not have said it better myself. This entire circus of stupidity within the Republican party has convinved me that I will never vote for any of them and most of my colleagues at the Fortune 100 company for which I work feel the same way. Don't expect great support in Ohio in any future elections for the Republican Party.. The Republican party has a new leader it seems, and he is a disgrace to the country and leadership as a whole. I don't know who he thinks agrees with him as the polls don't reflect that Cruz is worthy of the attention he is getting..

      October 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  63. Ej

    Ask mr cruz when gas prices shot up he and his tea party folk didnt cry foul or even during mortgage crisis. Anybody who makes the Us President look bad no matter what doesn't deserve to be in Congress.

    October 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
    • bob

      you are clueless and you just made it public. cruz is in the senate not congress.

      October 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  64. Pete

    Yeah... I could careless about Ted Cruz and his shenanigans. I just want to see S.E. Cupp!!

    October 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  65. bob

    TED CRUZ TAKES HIS WACKO BIRD SHOW ON THE ROAD. I for one will not be watching. just my opinion/prediction but is a one and done senator who will end up working at fox.

    October 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  66. Paula

    I understand you need ratings but I can't stand seen Mr. Cruz anymore. Van Jones, this is your chance to turn the table on Mr. Cruz and ask him to prove his was born in the Untied States with strict scrutiny. Please ask Mr. Cruz what his solution is to address the 24% uninsured in his State; the highest of the coutry. In 2011 Hospitals across the United States were stuck with 41 billion of unpaid medical bills (per Forbes article); as a tax payer I know that at least 75% of this 41 billion is covered by tax payer money. I would like him to address this issue. I work in healtcare and I am sick of people making priorities for expensicve cars and leaving us in healthcare stuck with their unpaid bills; hiking our premiums every year. I do not see any Repubilican addressing this issue. Cry wolf Mr. Cruz but you will fall sooner rather than later and I would add you will go down history books as the idiot who shamed the House Repubilicans in 2013. My husband WAS a Republican until about 3 weeks; and for this Mr. Cruz I must say thank you.

    October 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • Bigstrikemike

      Your in healthcare and depend on tax dollars for your income. So do 40% of all the children born in this country. Sooner or later you and your healthcare compatriots are going to need to start thinking of where the money is going to come from, realizing half the people in this country don't pay taxes.

      October 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
      • David

        Once people are signed up for ACA insurance they will be paying their own way and won't need Fed funds.

        October 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • Paula

        You are wrong. I work in the private sector and the services we provide are really charity. We do not get any grants from the government. Hospitals carring for the sick do need the money to operate, or else when you get sick and need care you won't get any. Get out of the little box you live in and think ahead. I pay plenty of taxes Sir living in California. I certainly do not mind feeding needy children; however, I do mind paying hospital bills for healthy people who choose not to have health care insurance.

        October 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  67. Clarence Berry

    Instead of believing the President or the House Republicans on the impact of the debt ceiling being reached,. I checked the facts. I used as my major source "A Summary of the 2013 Annual Reports" by the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees for Social Security information. Contrary to the President's assertions that Social Security payments could be delayed. Benefits and administrative costs are paid out of the Trust funds taxes or reserves. All reserves are in treasury bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. Taxes received for these programs are sufficient to fund all programs at least through the nest Congressional election( most for many years). There is no legal way to not make payments other than the entire Congress and the President agreeing to cut benefits by passing a new law or default on the full faith and credit of the United States.
    As to the Republicans in the House who claim hitting the debt ceiling is not a major problem, I used 2012 Budget numbers and found once you remove Social Security and Medicare taxes from the budget and subtract other constitutionally safeguarded debts( items like bonds and pensions you are left with approximately 485 billion dollars to fund 1,285 trillion dollars in programs. Defense spending alone was 670 million. If we cut that number by a third, there would be virtually no money left for anything. That is total shutdown of everything or default.

    October 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  68. Josh

    Congressman Cruz, #1. If you're concerns over the ACA are legitimate, why ask for the elimination of the medical device tax or a delay on the individual mandate? #2. Wouldn't both take funding away from the ACA, making it cost more on the backs of the American people since neither of those make the law vanish? #3. And wouldn't it also make the ACA less effective just so you could point and say, "See, I told you it wouldn't work?" It's like setting a sabotage and then pretending it failed on it's own merits. Isn't that disingenuous? #4 what if, in negotiations with the Senate and White House, they demanded, without waiver, that stricter gun laws be passed before the shutdown is ended? Would you support their tactics?

    October 10, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Exactly Josh!

      He doesn't want ACA, wants to cut funding for it, AND wants to cut the tax on medical devices. Sounds like big lobby to me.

      Also, since he read Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster, shouldn't he take a lesson from that book and at least try out ACA?

      October 10, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Sure he doesn't want it, but he can't get rid of it. Instead of trying to make it worse than it is, he could actually try to help and suggest ways to improve it.

        October 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm |

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