“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 PaulOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Paul ties release of 9/11 docs to defense bill Will Ted Cruz let it go? MORE’s (R-Ky.) filibuster of Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan earlier this month, drawing the ire of Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return Groups urge Senate to oppose defense language on for-profit colleges MORE (R-Ariz.), and clashed with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinClinton’s email troubles deepen Top Dem: CIA officials thought spying on Senate ‘was flat out wrong’ Senate panel advances spy policy bill, after House approves its own version 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.”