Ted Cruz: I don’t trust Republicans, complicit in spending spree

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz bluntly said Wednesday he did not trust fellow Republicans to stand firm and hold the party line when it comes to compromise on the debt ceiling, noting Republican leaders “were complicit in the spending spree.”

It goes without saying Cruz doesn’t trust Democrats either, but his point was directed to Sen. John McCain who said it was “bizarre” Cruz objected to the formation of a conference committee to negotiate compromise on the Democrat controlled Senate budget and the Republican controlled House budget.

“Let me be clear: I don’t trust the Republicans. And I don’t trust the Democrats,” Cruz said from the Senate floor. “And I think a whole lot of Americans likewise don’t trust the Republicans and the Democrats, because it is leadership in both parties that has gotten us in this mess.”

The Washington Post explained the controversy:

On one side, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) insisted that the GOP must block any effort to name a conference committee to reconcile differences between the budgets approved by the Democrat-controlled Senate, which proposes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade, and the Republican House, which proposes to eliminate the deficit within 10 years entirely through spending cuts.

On the other side, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine.) questioned that argument, noting that Democrats couldn’t do anything in conference without the approval of the House — which, McCain said, “happens to be a majority of our party.”

“So we don’t trust the majority party on the other side of the [Capitol] to come to conference and not hold to the fiscal discipline that we want to see happen? Isn’t that a little bit bizarre?” McCain said.

Watch Cruz’s outstanding commentary here:



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