Senator Ted Cruz spoke to radio host Mark Levin about why many Republican senators are angry at him over this week’s vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Cruz attempted to filibuster the vote on Wednesday, which forced the measure to only pass if it had 60 votes instead of a simple majority of 51. Because there are 55 Democrats in the Senate (and 2 independents), this meant that some Republicans would have had to vote for the measure if it were to reach 60 votes. Cruz argued that the GOP establishment wanted the measure to pass all along, but that they just wanted to appear to be against it:
“In the 13 months I’ve been in the Senate it has become apparent to me the single thing that Republican politicians hate and fear the most, and that is when they’re forced to tell the truth. It makes their heads explode,” Cruz told radio host Mark Levin Thursday.
“Make no mistake about it, this was their desired outcome,” Cruz said. “A lot of the Republicans wanted exactly what Barack Obama wanted, exactly what Nancy Pelosi wanted, exactly what Harry Reid wanted, which is to raise the debt ceiling, but they wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish, gullible constituents back home they didn’t do it.”
The measure ended up passing 67-31, with 12 GOP senators later changing their votes from “nay” to “aye.”
Consider this debt-ceiling vote a sneak peak into what the road to 2016 has in store: a fierce internal struggle pitting the various strategies of the Republican Party against each other.