Cruz: 'Volcanic frustration' burned Boehner, McCarthy
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (R-Texas) said on Thursday that the House's splintering GOP leadership is feeling the “volcanic frustration” of everyday Americans.

“I think the reason we are seeing a change in leadership in the House is the American people are fed up,” the presidential candidate told host Jeff Kuhner on “The Kuhner Report” in Boston.


“When Speaker [John] Boehner stepped down, it wasn’t simply because he wanted to do something else,” Cruz said of the Ohio Republican, who announced his resignation last month.

“It was because the volcanic frustration with Washington had spilled over to a point because we’re sick and tired of leadership that doesn’t stand and fight [President] Obama on anything,” he added.

Cruz’s remarks follow House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP leaders vow to end proxy voting despite widespread use among Republicans Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview How Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump MORE's (R-Calif.) shocking announcement earlier Thursday that he is no longer seeking the Speakership Boehner is vacating. McCarthy’s decision stunned lawmakers, given that he was widely considered the front-runner for filling the Ohio Republican's shoes at month’s end.

Cruz refused to comment on Thursday over the best option for Speaker following the majority leader's exit.

“I have very deliberately and consistently stayed out of House leadership elections,” he said.

He added: "It is my hope that what the Republican Conference does now is select a Speaker who will be a strong conservative.”

Cruz also argued that conservatives are outraged at Republicans for squandering their majorities in both congressional chambers since 2014.

“What on Earth have the majorities in both houses done in the nine months they’ve had power?” he asked. “When I ask people, they typically say, ‘nothing.’ ”

“Sadly, it’s worse than nothing,” Cruz said, citing ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood funding and lack of action on immigration as examples. "It would have been better if they had done nothing.”

“Every one of those decision is identical to what [Senate Minority Leader] Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE [D-Nev.] would have done,” he added.

“That’s why I hope the next Speaker listens to the voters and stops behaving like an arm of the Democratic Party.”