Ted Cruz gripes that ‘folks in the media’ still blame him for government shutdown

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:46 EDT
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Ted Cruz speaks in his Senate office
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Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) chided reporters on Tuesday for continuing to ask him about last fall’s Republican-led shutdown of the federal government. According to Yahoo! News, the Tea Party favorite is trying to change the subject every time he’s asked about it.

From a risible appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” last Sunday to a press conference on Tuesday, Cruz appears determined to shift the blame for the disastrous political maneuver on to Democrats and the Obama administration.

“I didn’t threaten to shut down the government the last time. I don’t think we should ever shut down the government. I repeatedly voted to fund the federal government,” Cruz told Schieffer. “It was Harry Reid and President Obama.”

His remarks on Tuesday continued in that vein.

“I understand that there are a lot of folks in the media that love to talk about the shutdown from four months ago,” he said. “What we ought to be talking about is the fact that we have the lowest labor force participating in 30 years since 1978, that Obamacare has taken away more than 5 million people’s health insurance plans, that people are hurting, that income inequality has increased under the Obama agenda and that there is an abuse of power and lawlessness.”

“So that’s what we ought to be talking about. Efforts that distract from that conversation, I think, are deliberate efforts of smoke and mirrors distracting from the questions coming from the American people,” he insisted.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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