Skip to comments.Davis Hits Cruz on Role in Shutdown
Posted on 10/28/2013 4:37:15 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
FORT WORTH State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor, criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday for his role in the recent federal government shutdown, saying he harmed average citizens just to score political points.
I think he demonstrated that being the loudest person in the room isnt necessarily equivalent to being a leader, Davis said. I was disappointed to see that he was willing to put so many thousands of Texas families in harms way for purposes of making a political statement.
Davis remarks, made in response to a question outside an early voting location for the constitutional amendment election, amounted to her harshest assessment yet of the Tea Party-backed Republican. During her appearance at The Texas Tribune Festival last month, before the shutdown and debt ceiling brinkmanship roiled Washington, Davis noted that she and Cruz agree on some things and said politicians shouldnt be afraid to say that.
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier fired back, saying the senator's efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act were justified. She also favorably compared what Cruz did with Davis' summer filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill. The legislation, which eventually passed, includes a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
I think most Texans would agree that fighting to give them relief from a law thats killing their health plans and hiking their insurance rates is a statement worth fighting for, as opposed to platforms centered on killing unborn babies after 20 weeks, Frazier said.
Davis rejected comparisons between her actions and those of Cruz and other Republicans who tried to gain concessions on Obamacare by withholding funding for the government and opposing an extension of the nations debt limit.
I was attempting to block a bill that would have harmed thousands of women across the state of Texas, she said. Never once, of course, did I threaten to literally shut down the state government for that purpose, and I certainly would never use the budget in the state of Texas for purposes of making a political statement.
In the shutdown fight, Davis said thousands of Texans were harmed, and she called for a more bipartisan approach in budgetary negotiations.
The concern is that we literally got to the brink of financial disaster. Political gamesmanship overtook common sense, she said.
Davis was asked about a pending ruling in the court case over the abortion law, which Republicans passed over Democratic objections in a second special session, after the filibuster had temporarily halted consideration of it.
She said she didnt want to speculate on what the court would do, but she expressed concerns that if the law were implemented, abortion clinics would not be able to meet the new standards included in the law and that many would close.
The fear of course is that women will be forced to explore other alternatives for care, alternatives that may endanger their safety, she said. The purpose of the bill was purportedly to make women safer. I firmly believe that it wasnt the true purpose of the bill, and that in fact women will now be jeopardized, their health will be jeopardized as a consequence of the possible enforcement of that law.
Davis spoke about the shutdown and abortion law after voting in the constitutional amendment at an early voting location in Fort Worth. Three voters who support Davis, including a veteran who described himself as a lifelong Republican, joined the state senator in the voting booths.
Davis urged voters to support the propositions that give tax breaks to veterans and their families. She also spoke in favor of Proposition 6, the initiative that would provide some $2 billion for water infrastructure.
Davis said the funding was a drop in the bucket but called Prop 6 a good start toward generating the money needed to meet the water needs of a growing population.
Under the states new voter ID law, Davis was required to show a photo ID before voting. As it turned out, she was required to sign an affidavit attesting to the fact that she was, in fact, the person whose name appeared on the voter rolls.
Thats because the name on her drivers license contains her maiden name. It says Wendy Russell Davis, whereas the name on the voter rolls just says Wendy Davis, the senator told reporters afterward.
In her case, Davis said it was a simple procedure. Under an amendment to the voter ID law that Davis offered in 2011, voters with substantially similar names can have their votes counted as long as they submit an affidavit, according to the office of the Texas secretary of state.
I signed the affidavit and I was able to vote without any problem, Davis said. But the senator said women whose names are not considered substantially similar, due to marriage or divorce, may not have their voices heard.
She said that if the names are deemed to be different, women will have to show a certified copy or original of the certificate of divorce or marriage.
For many women it will come as a surprise, she said. Thats my greatest concern, that women will show up to vote, theyll be turned away because they dont have that documentation.
That’s “Abortion Barbie” - because “Klaus Barbie” was already taken.
Well... Abortion Barbie speaks.
Abortion Barbie. I love it.
Cruz should do a little campaigning for her opposition.
He should say if you like your higher premiums and growing government go for the Democrat. If you want to reverse Obamacare, get lower premiums and to reduce government vote for her opponent.
How does a lone backbencher of the minority party “shut down” the government??
Abortion Barbie speaks, news at 11.
Ted Cruz, accused abuser of thousands, even though as one of one hundred in the “Deliberate” Body he has no power to shut down anything including the Chamber lights.
If it harmed average citizens then how did he score political points? And with whom?
Shut up, Abortion Barbie. And do something about those warts.
BTW—the trib is a phony paper, financed by Soros.
Dim wit Davis
Let’s reverse that ........
” .... he harmed average citizens just to score political points. “
” ... she killed unborn babies just to score political points. “
She pumped out baby one without being married. Did she pump out baby #2 without being married too? If so, she’s not responsible enough to hold any office.
She’s basically a feminist pig. She needs to have herself spayed if she cannot have responsible sex.
People are beginning to see that Obamacare is going to harm a lot more people than the imaginary harm that would have been done had Ted Cruz been successful in stopping it. The damage now is going to be immeasurably horrible. How does this drivel brained twit Davis propose to undo the damage of Obamacare? Someone please ask her.
Fort Worth has a lot more liberals per capita than the rest of the state. I don’t see how she can win a state wide race.
Since she will be running against a Republican, anything is possible.
Read an article from same newspaper quoting Abbott re Cruz. Comments following it are chilling, particularly since this is a Ft. Worth paper and not Dallas. Those people are rabid libs.
This will allow Ted to Smack Davis, without having to seem to be campaining for the (R).
How many babies died while Abortion Barbie was taking her heroic stand?
So I guess Wendy has no plans on what she'll do for Texas other than to regurgitate DNC talking points about how mean and evil Republicans are and how her opponent is going to "restrict" some poor woman's "reproductive rights."
Just more proof that the Democrat Party is the party of elitist snobs and power-hungry freaks who no longer give a damn about middle America.
Hey, hey Windy Davis,
killing babies to worship Hades!
I think it should be “Abortion Barbie - W.Davis”.
I know, it’s long, but to connects her name to it. At least she’s not black, because then it would be, “African - American Abortion Barbie - W.Davis”.
Her 15 min have expired. Go away.
“Davis Hit Cruz”? I thought she was more into clubbing babies.
I think a good campaign for any conservative should be, simply, to invite people to sign up for Obamacare right before they go down to the polls.
If you love what you see, you’ll know how to vote. And if you don’t love what you see and want to get rid of it, and hang the people who saddled you with it, you’ll know how to vote.
The problem is going to be finding Repubs with the guts to run against a law that people are going to hate the moment they finally get a good look at it. Why that should take guts just mystifies me.
Go get an abortion Wendy, it’s on the house...
the texas tribune is a Soros funded propaganda outlet !
why are you posting there hard left propaganda here ?
Exactly, Its a Austin based radical left wing propaganda website !
its like posting. from the media matters !
Windy the Baby Killer! Nice! Texas should go for that!
Demons walk the earth.
Hey Texans! Does this Wendy Windbag have a chance
Didn’t the abortion Barbie do the same??? Attempt to shutdown Texas govt with her filibuster? Dems are such hyopcrites!
Biggest joke going right now....really big with dims...not a chance in hell of doing anything!!!
Wendy Davis is one sick ticket. Bob
Actually Wendy is quite beneficial to our side.
She will attract much liberal cash from outside the state and p!ss it away in a losing campaign.
Wanna have some fun? Look up her fundraising posts on facebook- they keep spamming us with them, and the comments are runing 45-50 to one against her. Most of the libs who show up to defend her are obviously unhinged, as well. I get a big kick out of it- she hasn’t a chance in Texas.
Hey wendy, go iron ted’s shirts.
When you’re done, fix him a ham sammwich and a beer.