Cruz surprised by 'defeatist attitude' of GOP colleagues

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“The biggest surprise has been the defeatist attitude of many Republicans in Washington,” Cruz told The Dallas Morning News in an interview. “A lot of Republicans felt beaten down, and that there was nothing they could do to stop the erosion of liberty in this country.”
 
“I’m referring to those who have been here a long time and have suffered some difficult election results and who I think were discouraged about being able to get anything done,” he added.
 
Cruz has served for fewer than three months of his first term in office, but has already made his mark as a conservative firebrand willing to take on senior figures in both parties.

Earlier this month he joined Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulHow low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? Lawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE’s (R-Ky.) filibuster of Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan earlier this month, drawing the ire of Sen. John McCainJohn McCainGOP lawmakers slam secret agreement to help lift Iran bank sanctions Kerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner MORE (R-Ariz.), and clashed with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override WH tried to stop Intel Dems' statement on Russian hacking: report MORE (D-Calif.) over her proposed assault weapons ban.
 
Still, Cruz said Republicans in Washington have regained their footing in opposing President Obama on issues like the sequester, drone strikes and healthcare, and are now “winning the argument.
 
“I have been encouraged that the last several weeks have demonstrated that there is a great deal we can do to turn things around,” he said. “Indeed, if you look at the vote on sequester, the filibuster on drone strikes and the vote on defunding ObamaCare, for three weeks in a row, Republicans have stood together for principle ... I believe that’s the direction Republicans need to go.”