Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday said the Senate deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown is the embodiment of everything Americans dislike about the Washington establishment.
“This is a terrible deal,” Cruz said. “This deal embodies everything about the Washington establishment that frustrates the American people.”
Cruz also blasted his GOP Senate colleagues for not standing united behind House Republicans, which he said could have led to a different outcome.
“The outcome could have been different,” Cruz said. “To the American people, the United States Senate is saying you don’t have a voice in Washington.”
Cruz led the GOP battle charge to threaten a government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare. The strategy divided Cruz's party, with a number of Republicans warning it could hurt the GOP.
Polls have borne out those warnings, with some showing support for the Republican Party at a record low.
But Cruz, a likely 2016 presidential candidate who has seen his fortunes improve during the showdown, was defiant on Wednesday hours before a Senate vote in which the deal he deplored, he said, would pass by a wide margin.
Cruz said he remained encouraged though, because so many people cheered him on during his 21-hour floor speech in which he bashed ObamaCare.
“The way we’re going to stop ObamaCare ... is the American people rising up,” Cruz said. “The answers are not going to come from Washington because Washington is broken.”
Cruz on Saturday won the straw poll at major conservative voter summit, suggesting his 2016 stock with Republican primary voters has jumped as he becomes the face of the GOP's position the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.