Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (R-Texas) mocked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Saturday for clumsily handling its presidential primary debate lineup.
“You know, I think they may end up just moving the debate until 2017,” Cruz said at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan.
The DNC has come under fire from its own party for scheduling only four debates before the early voting states cast ballots, which many see as advantageous to front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE.
“It’s not widely known, but the Democrats had actually planned to have an earlier debate. The problem was the debate invitation was emailed to Hillary,” Cruz added, alluding to the ongoing controversy into the former secretary of State’s private email server.
The firebrand senator also took a shot at Clinton by way of presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is an avowed Democratic socialist.
“So now the Democratic field consists of a wild-eyed socialist with ideas that are dangerous for America and for the world,” Cruz said. “And Bernie Sanders.”
Cruz has been spearheading an effort in Congress to tie funding for Planned Parenthood to the next federal budget, which could cause a government shutdown.
The senator was critical of GOP leadership in Congress in the second GOP primary debate on Wednesday.
“Republican leadership in Washington seems to be seeing who can surrender faster and more ostentatiously to Barack Obama,” Cruz said at the debate.
He was also a catalyst behind the 16-day government shutdown in 2013, which tried to defund Obamacare through the same mechanism.