Senator Ted Cruz was a guest on conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Monday when the host asked Cruz about recently being called a “jackass” by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Cruz, being the good man that he is, chose to take the high road and not engage Speaker Boehner with negative rhetoric and mean-spirited name-calling.
“The speaker is entitled to express whatever views he likes, but I’m not going to respond in kind. And I think the American people are not remotely interested in a bunch of politicians in Washington bickering like schoolyard children. I think what they’re looking for is serious leaders who will address and provide real solutions to the very real problems we’re facing right now,” Cruz told Hugh Hewitt.
While some have argued that Cruz himself has criticized Republican leadership in the not-so-distant past, Cruz responded by pointing out that there was a very big difference between his criticism of the party leadership and the kind of language Boehner and other moderates have used to describe Cruz. Particularly, Cruz was speaking about a recent speech he gave criticizing the GOP leadership for their decision to move the country leftward by laying down for President Obama and the Democrat Party, even though the GOP currently dominates both the House and the Senate!
“There is a difference between describing the facts and describing someone’s actions, and what occurred, and engaging in a personal attack. I gave, a couple of months ago, an unusual floor speech to be sure. But I stood up and I said: Here are the commitments that the majority leader gave to me, personally, to every Republican senator, and to the American people, and his conduct today is directly contrary to those commitments that he made. And that is quite different from engaging in the kind of personal attack and insults and profanity-laden assault that so many others engage in,” Cruz argued.
When Hewitt asked Senator Cruz if it was fair to assume that Boehner would not be on his ticket if he were to become the GOP nominee for President, Senator Cruz laughed “I think that is a fair inference!”
Don’t expect Senator Cruz to play nice with the GOP moderates who have so often turned their backs on him and their constituents, but don’t look for him to be the guy who badmouths them either. While Cruz will continue to speak his mind and won’t back down from a fight (even with other Republicans), he’s never been one to stoop to “gutter” politics — and he won’t start now. Boehner, McCain, McConnell, Graham, King (Peter King not Steve King) can continue to mock and berate Cruz, but at the end of the day Cruz will win. He speaks truth to power and avoids the name-calling and mean-spirited speech that the RINOs love to use.
Just another reason that we love Ted Cruz.
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