Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said over the weekend that he had prayed to God to guide him in the shutdown fight and was sure that “his will be done as I know it will be.”
Televangelist Pat Robertson opened Monday’s edition of The 700 Club by describing the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline as a “countdown to Armageddon.”
“The Democrats, instead of holding spending down, now say, ‘We want freedom to spend more, we’ve got to spend more,’” Robertson explained. “They need a fix. It’s like a heroin addict, you’ve got to have your fix. And they need a fix. So, they want the sequester taken away as a price for re-opening the government. It is shocking!”
“This is crazy,” he added. “What we’re looking at is a party of people who are spendoholics: $17 trillion in debt, ladies and gentlemen. It’s insupportable. The interest on the debt is going to be mounting and encompass the entire federal budget pretty soon. Something’s got to be done.”
The TV preacher said that the drastic across-the-board spending cuts in the so-called “sequester” were “the most effective means of scaling back the spending of ours that’s taken place in decades. So the Republicans, they couldn’t possibly give it up. If they did, they’d be insane.”
At the same time, Robertson warned that a default on U.S. debt would “rocket around the world” and “mean chaos for every single citizen.”
“It’s going to mean the value of your pensions is going to go down, the value of your home will go down, the value of your home will go down, the value of what you’re going to have to borrow is going to go up extraordinarily, you’ll pay much higher interest rates,” he observed. “I mean, it’s going to be chaotic. And these guys are playing games and I hope the Republicans on this one will stand fast, they’ve got to stand fast and say no more.”
At the Values Voter Summit over the weekend, CBN’s David Brody spoke with Cruz about his role in instigating the government shutdown, which has been seen as complicating debt limit negotiations.
“Where do you see God in all of this fight that’s going on in your life right now?” Brody asked the Texas senator.
“Well, David, you know at every stage, my prayer to God is that His will be done,” Cruz insisted. “As it will be.”
Fox News host Mike Huckabee, however, told Brody that Cruz had probably done more harm than good for the Republican Party.
“We gave the Democrats one incredibly early Christmas gift,” Huckabee observed. “I’m not going to fault Ted. He believes what he was doing was going to be helpful. But at the end of the day, you look and you ask, ‘Are we any close to defunding Obamacare are ridding ourselves of it than we were?’ The answer is no.”
Huckabee also admitted that he is considering a run for president in 2016, which could see him facing off against Cruz in the Republican Party primary.
Watch this video from CBN’s 700 Club, broadcast Oct. 14, 2013.