Tags: ted | cruz | gop | lost | way | 2008

Sen. Cruz: GOP 'Lost Its Way' in 2008 Election

Image: Sen. Cruz: GOP 'Lost Its Way' in 2008 Election

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 02:05 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Conservatives were "embarrassed" to vote in the 2006 and 2008 midterm and presidential elections, even when Sen. John McCain was seeking the presidency, Sen. Ted Cruz says in a wide-ranging interview in October's GQ Magazine.

"I don't know a conservative who didn't feel embarrassed voting in 2006 or 2008," the Texas Republican said. "I think the Republican Party lost its way. We didn't stand for the principles we're supposed to believe in."

Cruz and McCain have been butting heads almost from the first moment the tea party-backed freshman senator was sworn into office earlier this year, and his comments in the GQ interview aren't likely to endear him to the veteran senator from Arizona who famously called him and fellow Republicans, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, "wacko birds" back in March.

McCain apologized soon after the name-calling, but Cruz and McCain still do not see eye-to-eye on most issues. One McCain aide told GQ that the veteran senator "[expletive] hates Cruz."

In addition, Cruz — along with a few of his conservative cohorts — has been criticized strongly by other members of their party for tying the defunding of Obamacare to a temporary spending bill aimed at preventing a government shutdown.

The fiercely ambitious Cruz, meanwhile, has fueled speculation about his own presidential ambitions in 2016 by speaking to Republican groups in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. That fact is highlighted in the GQ article, which profiles the senator as the hard-edged, Princeton- and Harvard Law-educated son of a Cuban immigrant father and an American mother.

The article portrays the former appeals court lawyer as a cocky, intelligent politician whose views are often cheered by tea party supporters while being booed by more established politicians such as McCain.

According to the article, he embraces his differences with other politicians, even wearing McCain's "wacko bird" comment as a badge of honor. In fact, he now displays a baseball cap in his office bearing a picture of the Daffy Duck cartoon character along with the words "Wacko Bird" that supporters from Texas sent him.

The article also details the Cruz family background, beginning with the story of his father, Rafael, who fled Cuba and was eventually admitted to the University of Texas despite speaking little English.

The elder Cruz's freedom flight story has endeared him to his son's tea party supporters, and he has become a powerful conservative speaker in his own right, reports The National Review. In his speeches, Rafael Cruz has compared President Barack Obama to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

But the article also delves into the elder Cruz's early financial problems, a story his senator son usually avoids. Cruz acknowledges in the article that his father started an oil and gas exploration business in the late 1960s, moving his wife to Calgary, Canada, where their son was born.

In 1974, the family moved back to Houston, but in the 1980s his father's business went bankrupt and soon after, his parents divorced.

"My father poured all of my parents' personal assets into the company, and demand for oil and gas exploration just disappeared because oil prices dropped so low," Cruz told GQ.

"There's a whole generation of people in the energy industry at that time that just lost everything."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

WH Official: Secret Service Can Protect Against Drones

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 17:13 PM

The Secret Service is prepared to protect the White House from drone attacks, said Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz W . . .

Democrats Fight GOP on Immigration Funds Without Blocking Obama

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 17:07 PM

Senate Democrats are increasing pressure on majority Republicans to abandon plans to block President Barack Obama's immi . . .

Sen. McCain Mocks White House 'Delusion' of Cooperative Iran

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 16:47 PM

The Obama administration is operating on the delusion that a nuclear deal with Iran will turn one of America's most im . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved