Senator Ted Cruz(R-TX) is at it again. Cruz caused a ruckus on the Senate floor and agitated some in the GOP leadership this week when he filibustered the bill to extend and raise the nation's debt ceiling. The filibuster meant the bill had to meet a 60-vote threshold instead of a simple 51-vote majority, which required some Republicans to vote in favor of advancing the bill. Ultimately, 12 GOP senators ended up voting to end the filibuster, among them John Cornyn(R-TX), who is up for re-election this year and facing multiple challengers in next month's primary.
In an interview with KTRH host Mark Levin, Senator Cruz was unapologetic about his actions. "When I told Texans when I first ran for office that I'm going to fight with every ounce of strength I have to help pull this country back from the fiscal and economic cliff--I wasn't lying to them, I meant it," says Cruz. "So if your ask of me is will I consent to let (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid do this with 51 votes, the answer is no...I will vote no at every stage against it, because it's irresponsible, because it's wrong, because we're bankrupting our children."
The bill eventually passed with all Republicans voting against it, but Cruz calls that a "show vote" for many in the GOP. "An awful lot of the Republicans wanted exactly what Barack Obama wanted, exactly what (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi wanted, exactly what Harry Reid wanted, which is to raise the debt ceiling," he tells Levin. "But they wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish constituents back home, that they didn't do it." Senator Cruz didn't mention any other senators by name, but his actions clearly put fellow Texas Senator Cornyn on the spot, as Cornyn was forced to essentially vote for the bill before he voted against it. For his part, Cruz says he understands why some in the Republican leadership are angry with him. "They are mad because, by me refusing to consent to (the 51-vote rule), they had to come out in the open and admit what they are doing, and nothing upsets them more."