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Sen. Ted Cruz Refuses to Play the Game: 'Let Me Be Clear, I Don't Trust the Republicans


"Unfortunately, one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree."

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the markup for the immigration reform bill on Capitol Hill May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The 18 members of the committee have proposed in excess of 300 amendments to the 844 page piece of legislation that would, if passed, create a path to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Credit: Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Credit: AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday made it crystal clear that he is not in Washington, D.C. to play ball with politicians in either party, especially when it comes to the nation's out of control debt. In fact, he revealed that he doesn't trust Republicans or Democrats to do the right thing.

Cruz objects to starting House-Senate budget negations unless Democrats take a debt limit increase off the table. He reiterated his stance on Wednesday, saying he is not willing to put blind trust in his own party.

"The senior senator from Arizona (John McCain) urged this body to trust the Republicans. Let me be clear, I don't trust the Republicans," Cruz said on the Senate floor. "And I don't trust the Democrats."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), with the support of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday ripped some of his fellow Republicans for blocking the budget negotiations.

"Unfortunately," Cruz continued, "one of the reasons we got into this mess is because a lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree. And that's why so many Americans are disgusted with both sides of this house. Because we need leaders on both sides...to roll up our sleeves, to compromise, to work together and fix the problem, fix the enormous fiscal and economic problems. Stop bankrupting our country."

"And every Republican who stands against holding the line here is really saying, let's give the Democrats a blank check to borrow any money they want with no reforms, no leadership to fix the problem," he added.


(H/T: TPM)

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