Skip to comments.Sen. Ted Cruz to House GOP: ‘Stop Reading the ‘New York Times'
Posted on 01/28/2013 4:33:46 AM PST by IbJensen
Speaking Saturday at the conservative National Review Institute summit, Cruz said, Let me give three concrete bits of advice to conservatives in Washington, and in particular let me address this to our friends in the House of Representatives, who I think for the next two years are the last bastion standing between us and oblivion, the freshman senator told a gathering of conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The first thing I would urge to every Republican in the House of Representatives is stop reading the New York Times, he said. Cancel your subscription.
Listen, the media is going to tell youIll sum it up, the next two years of headlines from the New York Times: The Democrats Are Right, Abandon Conservative Principles and Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter, Cruz said. Their answerand it will be their prescription on every single fighthere is what conservatives and Republicans need to do: abandon your principles and become Democrats.
The Tea Party favorite said the Republican majority in the House has every bit as much mandate as President Barack Obama does, since both were reelected in 2012, and Republicans should work in the short term to stop the agenda of the Democrats.
Listen to that speech on the Inaugural Day, Cruz said. Whether it is coming after our guns, which, oh boy, they seem excited to do. Whether it is exploding spending and debt and taxes even more, whether it is cap and trade regulating our economy and raising the cost for every American, they are feeling emboldened right now.
And if conservatives stand together, we can stop that; and stopping bad things that would harm this country, that would harm Americans, is a major victory for the next two years, he said.
Cruz specifically urged Republicans to use the next short-term budget bill (continuing resolution) and the debt ceiling as leverage points. If nothing passes, the result is not a default on the debt, he said. Thats scaremongering from the president.
Refusal to extend the debt ceiling would result in a temporary partial government shut down, Cruz said. And weve seen that movie before. In 1995, when Republicans stood together and the result was some political pain to be sure, but it was also year after year of balanced budgets and some of the most fiscally responsible policies from Congress we have seen in modern times.
Cruz said the Republican Party should champion a message of growth and opportunity to win future elections.
Each year the National Review Institute (NRI) hosts the countrys leading conservatives at its annual summit in Washington, D.C. William F. Buckley Jr. founded NRI in 1991 as a public educational offshoot to his conservative magazine, National Review.
Cruz was among several politicians appearing at the summit this year, along with Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan, both Wisconsin Republicans, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.).
I believe that 98% of the rags referred to as 'newspapers' are nothing but shills for the elite political class and this phony 'president' who is America's first illegal president. There are, unfortunately, many more dogs elected to the presidency, but this one is in a class by himself. I cancelled my subscription to the local leftist rag within two months of moving here.
Conservatism is about protecting our constitutional rights and wanting a responsible fiscally sound goverment, yet were are referred to as extremist by the NY Times and the liberal media. Interesting though both the NY Times and NY are broke and they know what's good for us. The central socialist government as well as the socialist state governments are broke and they have no business in their evil march towards completely ruining this nation and our lives.
Ha ha! This is how you fight back. Imagine if all our guys started fighting back fire with fire!
Do we have a statesman now?
Ted Cruz is one of the very few conservatives can count on........
Ha ha! This is how you fight back. Imagine if all our guys started fighting back fire with fire!
But why do we have to slog through four more years of tyranny? This louse is a traitorous dog as are all of his homosexual, transgendered, lesbian staffers and appointees.
I guess it’s unkind to refer to these people as dogs, rather they are the lowest form of life crawling through sewers on their journey to hell.
I wouldn’t say to stop reading it because that’s a democrat game. However I would constantly remind congressmen that the NY Times speaks for a very small left wing segment of the country and they would serve us better by listening to their constituents.
Imagine if all our guys started fighting back fire with fire!
Ted Cruz is one of the very few who even dare to bring up a suggestion that will “rock the boat” for RINOs.
People do not understand that the GOP cannot be fixed. And, even if it could, time has run out. The next four years will show the “death blow” the Republicans have dealt to our great country and the freedoms we once had. It’s simply too late for we have already fallen over the Marxist cliff.
Hopefully, those like Ted Cruz and other super patriots can form another party in time to even give us a chance in taking our country back, but it will not happen withing the RINO party.
You got that right. That scumbag Menendez didn’t get one question about his prostitutes on ABC news. Only pubs get dirt dished out on them. Bring on the revolution!
During Revolutionary times, you had patriotic newspapers and Loyalist newspapers. In the 1800's, you had Democrat papers and Republican papers, pro-slavery papers and anti-slavery papers, etc.
I would personally love to have a conservative version of MSNBC (the big difference is that they wouldn't be lying). CNN tends to be moderate-left to left, while Fox is moderate-right. Glenn Beck is building a media empire that could possibly do just that. If it got big enough, then Republican politcians might not feel the need to go to Katie Couric for "intimate one on one interviews".
We should keep mocking the NY Times. Make fun of it. Make it even more uncool to be a NYT reader. Why read corporate news when you can read citizen media? NYT readers are corporate kiss-asses (or something to that effect). Pet stores can sell bird cages with NYTs lining the tray for free. I mean,,we gotta get creative here.
Besides the media the biggest stranglehold the libs have on our culture is education. That’s another huge battleground.
Maybe local school board situations deserve more attention. Heck local everything deserves more attention. So much to do
That's the best line from a politician in a while.
We can say we only read the NYT when we want a laugh and to gain some insight on the alternative version of reality they offer. I am going to be busy finding a local cause to get behind.
GOP Elite behave like Junior High kids, when it comes to being more concerned with what others think about them, than they care about doing what is right.
There are some GREAT politicians in this party. We just need to get them into leadership positions.
Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Alan West, Scott Walker . . . even John Kasich. If you look at what Mitch Daniels has done, and not what he has said, I like him too. Bobby Jindal - school vouchers and proposing to eliminate the income tax.
I will hold my accolades until after I see how he votes on amnesty.
Ted is my hero for today!!
This guy is NOT taking hostages. I LOVE IT!!!!
...and don’t forget, The Establishment didn’t want him (and Rubio) in office. The same Establishment that is telling us that we need Amnesty, because we’re not doing enough for Hispanics.
We are being SCAMMED (again) on this Amnesty push, by The Establishment.
No knocks about Wikipedia....I sensitive with self esteem issues...:->...besides, it is the best summary I could find in 10 seconds....
This guy MIGHT be our William Wallace.....our Moses.
We should start a thread on him....maybe there is one already OR one or you alpha male experienced Freepers could lend a hand to to get it started.
Texas. AG. Leader the Heller 2nd amendment case,10 Commandment case, daddy a Cuban freedom fighter who got burned and exiled by Fidel, qualifies for President if Obama does...similar birth pattern...beat them a their own game.....here is is below...sounds perfect.
Is it all true?
Churchill was 1/2 English (dad) and 1/2 American (mom) and saved Britain....at least for awhile...to become the greatest Englishman in history...their choice, not mine. I favor Robin Hood.
American women seem to sire better sons than American men when crossed with freedom loving stock. Maybe lightening strikes twice.
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United States Senator
January 3, 2013
Serving with John Cornyn
Preceded by Kay Bailey Hutchison
Solicitor General of Texas
January 9, 2003 May 2008
Governor Rick Perry
Preceded by Julie Parsley
Succeeded by James Ho
Born Rafael Edward Cruz
December 22, 1970 (age 42)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heidi Cruz
Alma mater Princeton University(AB)
Harvard Law School (JD)
Religion Southern Baptist
Website Ted Cruz for Senate
Senator Ted Cruz
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born December 22, 1970) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator for the state of Texas. A Republican, Cruz defeated the Democrat Paul Sadler in the November 6, 2012, United States Senate election. Cruz is also endorsed by the Tea Party Movement and the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Cruz won the 2012 nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by his fellow Republican, Kay Bailey Hutchison. On July 31, 2012, he defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff, 5743 percent, on July 31, 2012. In the general election, Cruz prevailed with 56.640.5 percent over Sadler.
Cruz was Solicitor General of the U.S. state of Texas from 2003 to May 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in the United States, and had the longest tenure in the post thus far in Texas history. He is currently a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he leads the firms U.S. Supreme Court and national appellate litigation practice.
He previously served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, from 2004 to 2009 Cruz was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.
On November 14, 2012, Cruz was appointed vice-chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
1 Early life and education
2 Legal career
3 2012 U.S. Senate election
4 Personal life
5 Honors and awards
6 See also
8 External links
Early life and education
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where his parents, Eleanor Darragh and Rafael Cruz, were working in the petroleum business. His father was a Cuban immigrant during the Cuban Revolution to the United States. His mother, an American, was reared in Delaware, in a family of Irish and Italian descent.
Cruz attended high school at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas, and then graduated from Second Baptist High School in Houston.
Cruz earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, an executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a founding editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. While at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel as one of North America’s top-ranked parliamentary debaters, winning the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship. In 1992, he was named Speaker of the Year and Team of the Year (with his debate partner, David Panton) by the American Parliamentary Debate Association. In 1991 he and his partner came in second to Austan Goolsbee and partner David Gray. Cruz was also a semi-finalist at the 1995 World Universities Debating Championship.
Cruz also served as a law clerk to William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, and J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Cruz was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for a Chief Justice of the United States.
Cruz has authored more than 80 briefs before the United States Supreme Court and presented 43 oral arguments, including nine before the United States Supreme Court.
In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, Cruz assembled a coalition of thirty-one states in defense of the principle that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. Cruz also presented oral argument for the amici states in the companion case to Heller before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In addition to his victory in Heller, Cruz has successfully defended the Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and the 2003 Texas redistricting plan.
Cruz also successfully defended, in Medellin v. Texas, the State of Texas against an attempt by the International Court of Justice to re-open the criminal convictions of 51 murderers on death row throughout the United States.
2012 U.S. Senate election
Main article: United States Senate election in Texas, 2012
Cruz speaking to values voters in October 2011.
On January 19, 2011, following an announcement that U.S. Senator Hutchison would not seek reelection, Cruz announced via blogger conference call his candidacy for the position. Cruz faced opposition from sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican senatorial primary. Cruz was endorsed by David Barton, founder and president of WallBuilders; the Club for Growth, a conservative political action committee; Erick Erickson, editor of prominent conservative blog RedState; the FreedomWorks for America super PAC; Princeton University professor Robert P. George; nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin; former Attorney General Edwin Meese; Tea Party Express; Young Conservatives of Texas; and U.S. Senators Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey. He has also been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, and former-U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum.
Cruz won the runoff for the Republican nomination with a 14-point margin over Dewhurst. In the November 6 general election, Cruz faced the Democratic nominee Paul Sadler, an attorney and a former state representative from Henderson in east Texas. A public opinion poll conducted from October 15 to 21, 2012, indicated that Cruz was leading Sadler, 54-39 percent among likely voters. The poll questioned 800 voters and was conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune and has a margin of error of 3.46 percent. He prevailed over Sadler by the approximate margin of 5741 percent, a margin even larger than the UT poll.
In the general election, Cruz prevailed with 4,456,654 ballots (56.6%) to Sadler’s 3,183,359 (40.5%). Two minor candidates held the remaining 2.9% of the ballots cast. Cruz ran 99,203 votes behind the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
Cruz was born and spent the first four years of his life in Calgary before his parents returned to Houston. His father was jailed and tortured by the Fulgencio Batista regime and fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban Revolution but “didn’t know Castro was a Communist” and later became a staunch critic of Castro when “the rebel leader took control and began seizing private property and suppressing dissent.” Rafael Cruz moved to Austin in 1957 to study at the University of Texas. He spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear. The elder Cruz worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour. Cruzs mother, who was from Delaware, was the first person in her family ever to attend college. She earned a degree in mathematics from Rice University in Houston in the 1950s, working summers at Foleys and Shell. Cruz has said, “I’m Cuban, Irish, and Italian, and yet somehow I ended up Southern Baptist.”
Cruz and his wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, have two daughters, Caroline Camille and Catherine Christiane. Cruz met his wife while working on the George W. Bush presidential campaign of 2000. Cruz’s wife is currently head for the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and previously worked in the White House for Condoleezza Rice and in New York as an investment banker.
Honors and awards
“America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” Chambers USA (2009 & 2010)
“50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal (2008)
“25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century,” Texas Lawyer (2010)
“20 Young Hispanic Americans on the Rise,” Newsweek (1999)
Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus, Harvard Law School
Ah there it is... I was wondering how long until the circular firing squad formed.
“There are some GREAT politicians in this party.”
They have absolutely NO CHANCE within the party to initiate changes within the RINO-E system. We’ve seen this over and over again with someone who really “sets the world afire” within the party, only to see them either quashed or shown the way to riches and power by going along to get along.
I think the biggest mistake that not just Congress but also conservative media make is letting the left wing media and what it does or does not print drive much of news. Why complain about the AP? Produce and alternative to it. The least that can be done is to quit paying for it. The GOP only wins when it connects with the frustration and the desire for popular sovereignity of the citizenry. Cruz is right and I hope someone is listening.
amenesty for foreign invaders is very important issue it will definately prove to us where his head is...so you can stuff the “circular firing squad” bs.
There is just one thing he said that I have disagreement with, because it no longer works. There is need of a new paradigm.
With the collapse of our economic system in the Great Depression, the fundamentals of our economy were gradually replaced with a new idea: deficit spending, inflation, excessive credit and debt; all were seen as good things.
The way this new system was managed, was on one hand, with greater government spending and deficits; and on the other, with “growth” and “productivity”, to keep the economy from becoming overheated.
However, this new economy has run its course, and now is on the path to ruin. Yet both means of managing it are still being used, though they no longer work.
We need to try something new. And the only other functional economic model is going back to the way we used to do things.
To start with, not just an end to deficit spending, but an actual reduction in not just existing debt, but projected debt. And once this is done, not just a balanced budget, but a surplus budget.
Then, credit has to “dry up”, in most cases, returning to the idea that “The only people who should get loans are those that do not need them.” 100% collateral for most loans, and very strict limits on mortgage loans.
“Student loans” are finished. So if students cannot afford college, they don’t go to college. And colleges will have to slash their tuition so much that students *can* afford to attend, or they are out of business.
Much of the espionage directed at Americans by the government ends as well as the vast number of federal police agencies. Just too expensive.
Then the real reductions begin, with every federal agency having *clear* constitutional justification, or being eliminated.
Yes. For all the folks who are so eager to elect a 1st term RINO (Rubio) for President why not elect Cruz a true conservative?
Hell yes! Erase the stigma of presidents from Texas. Ted Cruz and Mike Scott! If two southerners on a ticket bother people, then Mike Lee of Utah. That combo would really make libtard heads explode . . . if we still have a country by 2016.
Because he was born in Canada and his father was a Cuban national?
Doofer, the "GOP" is ultimately the Republican primary voters who keep nominating these horrid candidates because they have "heard of them." Is Jebbie the next one in line?
Rubio is not eligible either as both his parents are from Cuba and were not citizens at the time of his birth. We currently have a two term ineligible President born God knows where with a Kenyan father. I care about the natural born citizen rule but most folks don’t including most of the freepers. Like it or not that NBC clause is probably going to be ignored going forward.
Personally the only candidate I am interested in voting for in 2016 is Rand Paul a true NBC.
All I can say is THANK GOD FOR SARAH PALIN! Cruz had 30% against the RINO Dewhurst until she stepped in. She single handedly stepped in and saved his bacon. The fix was in by Perry and the establishment. We generally have a choice between one or two and Palin usually picks right. We need more Palin’s and Cruz’s and not Boehner’s and McCain’s.
I'm not sure Richard Lugar would share that sentiment. Others, like Colin Powell and David Brooks have virtually been pushed out of the party (fortunately). I guess the question becomes how well Chris Christy fares on the national stage.
And because we’ve been soooo successful on this up to now right? So let’s keep doing the same thing because we should expect different results any day now.
I believe Cruz was born in Canada. Just so’z you know about that...
I guess the question becomes how well Chris Christy fares on the national stage.
He’s in it for himself and no-one else.
What I understand about Cris Cristy is that he was and is a disappointment to me but that is my misunderstanding of his politics. The reality hit me when I listened to his speech at the Republican convention which was supposed to be an endorsement of our candidate Mitt Romney. Christy endorsed Christy. It went downhill from there and remains so. I cannot imagine that Christy will be the Republican nominee in the next round, if there is one. Unless Republicans learn how to offset or overcome voter fraud, notional elections will be moot for our candidates.
As a Texan I have to say I'm proud of my Senator!!
I’ve not gone to the NYT webpage since the election.
Good for you - me either. It’s time to starve the beast...
Rand Paul has being doing it too.
They should kill the bills in the Senate where they were elected to so the House Rs dont have that ‘political pain’ he references along with the 1995 shutdown fight as the example, if they are successful killing them in the Senate then Reid gets the blame not the GOP, a lose-lose for Dems.
I still remember that after 3 weeks of shutdown 1995/96 The Republican House and Senate passed and sent Clinton a CR with all the spended he demanded, and then Clinton easily got re-elected. And that was a fight over spending bills, not the debt limit to pay for spending they already passed