Freshman Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump: Cruz is 'lucky' that I walked in on his speech Kasich leaves door open to Trump endorsement Instead of being bold, Clinton errs in picking Kaine MORE (R-Tex.) said President Obama has the country on the path to fiscal “oblivion,” and that the Republican Party needs to be willing to force a government shutdown to get its desired spending cuts.
The message is at odds with the speech Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanClinton maps out first 100 days Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Trump is right about one thing MORE (R-Wis.) gave to the summit just hours earlier, in which he argued the Republican Party should be prudent in picking its political battles.
Ryan used the "fiscal-cliff" deal struck at the final hour as an example of embracing imperfect legislation to score a modest victory. Cruz on Saturday bemoaned the “bad deal” Republicans got, and said it was because they didn’t have the resolve to go over the cliff.
“The fundamental dynamic…is whichever side owns the default is in a stronger position,” Cruz said. “Whoever wins if nothing gets done, wins…the battle, which is why in the fiscal cliff we got such a bad deal. President Obama was perfectly fine, serene to go over that cliff. The only hope of getting anything affirmative done is…to use those leverage points to force real solutions.”
Cruz on Saturday said House Republicans were “the last bastion standing between us and oblivion,” but his message is at odds with GOP House leadership, which has publicly embraced a minority posture in the face of Obama’s reelection.
Rather than trying to force measures through the Democratic-led Senate, House GOP leaders are looking to achieve modest victories while serving as a check on Obama’s agenda.
“The House has every bit as much a mandate from the American people as the president does,” Cruz said.