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Ted Cruz: Government Shutdown I Started Was About Fundraising

by David Badash on October 16, 2013

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Ted Cruz today gleefully admitted the federal government shutdown he started three weeks ago with his fake filibuster was really just a fundraising stunt. The freshman Tea Party Senator from Texas also admitted that the “efforts to defund Obamacare… began months ago.” Which is exactly what the New York Times reported — that the defunding campaign was a creation of former President Ronald Reagan’s scandal-plagued, anti-pornography crusading attorney general Edwin Meese, and former Senator Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Action lobbyists.

So Ted Cruz today, ironically speaking to reporters at the exact same time that his leader — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – was addressing the upper chamber about the deal to end the 16-day old government shutdown.

A reporter told Senator Cruz, “you got nothing” for shutting down the government, but Cruz disagreed.

“We have seen a remarkable thing happen,” Cruz proudly responded. “Months ago when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything. We saw first of all, millions of millions of American people rising up across this country, over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare. We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people that everyone in official Washington said wouldn’t happen.”

Those two million people “signing a national petition to defund Obamacare” were added to the database of an ultra-conservative political action committee (PAC) which has been supporting Cruz. Those two million people happily gave up their names and email addresses to the Senate Conservatives Fund, and their email harvesting operation, dontfundobamacare.com, who will be sending them regular fundraising emails, enabling Cruz’s supporters to wage a treasure chest full of battles against anyone running against him.

In “Ted Cruz Admits Budget Standoff Was All About Fundraising,” Think Progress notes that in the  “three week period following Cruz’s speech — even as GOP’s national approval ratings plummeted — conservatives frantically built their fundraising lists and campaign coffers. In the last quarter, Cruz’s political action committee raised in $797,000, nearly twice what it pulled in the quarter prior, and Heritage Action — which has pressured conservatives to vote against any bill that does not undermine Obamcare — collected $330,000.”

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{ 10 comments }

Str8Grandmother October 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

He's such a f*ing asshole.
Me-Me-Me
You nailed it in this article, they found 2 million people out of 314 million people.
2 million IDIOTS!
I am just glad that Heritage got dragged through the mud.

PaulUK2901 October 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

One of the problems with American Political photo opps is that there never seems to be any aggressive questioning. If a quality reporter had piped up "Really, two million out of over 300 million? Less than 1%!!", when he mentioned the "supposed" 2 million. I would have loved to have seen Cruz's expression.

The other thing that is noticeable is that he has zero awareness of what threatening the rest of the world with USA Bond Default, has on America's credibility. He lives in a Tea Party/ GOP bubble. Other economies like the BRIC, Eurozone, Russia, Oceania, etc don't exist. It's just Texas and DC.
People like Cruz just send out the message "Americans are stupid."

This latest action has probably knocked another 1% off the trust of the USA by everybody else. Sounds like nothing, but it all adds up. This guy, along with Bachmann, Gohmert, Boehner, etc is a non-stop disaster zone. What a tool.

Mommadog1950 October 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

This azzclown is a disgrace to Texas and I promise we won't forget when elections roll around. I wish there was a way we could do a recall of his election. I loathe everything about him!

Elaine Ossipov October 20, 2013 at 1:38 am

I am going to hold you to that too, The amount of Pain Suffering, and quite possibly the death of the previous speaker of the house. This right here, people like Cruiz thinking ONLY OF HIMSELF ONLY OF LINING HIS OWN POCKETS is exactly what's wrong with America and Washington DC enough is enough how many years have we had of this and of War?? I'm tired, and I want to enjoy life, maybe go to sleep one night and not wonder about what stupid idiot is doing what with a gun, or a pulpit and hwo many agencies will sensationalize it until if I hear about it again I'm going to puke.

James070070007 October 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Wow… where exactly do you hear him admit he did what he did as a fundraising stunt? The highlighted section you mention show people signed up on a petition. You interpreted that to be an admission that he did it for fundraising? Talk about stretching the truth. Perhaps you should be in Washington with all of the other liars.

I am in no way a Cruz fan and came to the story thinking there was actually some facts in it… but instead you are just making stuff up.

It is stuff like this that makes it so people don't take us seriously.

kashmirgirl1976 October 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

It's called deduction. You can figure things out without it being directly told to you.

Good goodness.

lorimakes October 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Welcome to Washington … that's an admission.

Everything he said in that clip was the usual political BS — nothing substantial and nothing backed up with facts except that they garnered 2 million names from this fiasco. Once you weed out the politispeak that's his one and only real result, a fundraising ploy. Pathetic.

The American people rose up alright. A bunch of them rose up and decided Obamacare maybe wasn't quite so bad after all (those wanting to repeal down 7 points or about 14 million voters) and that the Republicans are definitely worse than they thought (down 10 points or about 21 million voters.)

Elaine Ossipov October 20, 2013 at 1:45 am

"Ted Cruz today gleefully admitted the federal government shutdown he started three weeks ago with his fake filibuster was really just a fundraising stunt. The freshman Tea Party Senator from Texas also admitted that the “efforts to defund Obamacare… began "

TED CRUZ TODAY GLEEFULLY ADMITTED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN HE STARTED THREE WEEKS AGO WITH HIS FAKE FILIBUSTER WAS REALLY JUST A FUNDRAISING STUNT. (first sentence under his picture…) Now, even dismissing everything ELSE that became of it, I wouldn't elected someone who wasited that much of my time for all the tea in china. Can I send him there, if He'll stay I might even buy the ticket. bet I could get a few people to chip in on that one. )

I don't mean to sound flippant, I really don't. It's just that I know people who were really HURT by this, who, which of us Poor Average Americans can take an unscheduled three week *vacation* just as school is starting when we have to buy kids so very much in cloths and supplies.

I have never heard anything more selfish and self-serving in my whole life. Where is that famous Texas Justice I always hear about.. I know what would happen to him in alaska.

SantiAcosta October 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

If this is true. I hope they make him the escape goat and hang him by his…

Snowdog2112Rob October 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

just scapegoat, not escape goat….
just fyi

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