One day after John Boehner appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and told Americans that the GOP was responsible for the government shutdown, Ted Cruz appeared on “Face The Nation” to tell Bob Schieffer that President Obama is responsible for the government shutdown.
Schieffer directly addresses the issue when he asks “You became a celebrity when you led the drive to shut down the government over Obamacare … Can you conceive of any situation in which you would do that again? Try to shut down the government in exchange or in demand for some action by the President?”
Cruz replied with a straight face, “… I opposed a government shutdown. I said we shouldn’t shut the government down. I think it was a mistake that President Obama and the Democrats shut the government down this fall [of 2013]. The reason they did so, is that President Obama dug in and said he wouldn’t compromise, he wouldn’t negotiate.”
Remember when the GOP told the President they would not sign off on the budget if the President did not agree to a repeal of the Affordable Care Act? That happened.
Remember when Cruz agreed to meet with the President to come to an agreement before the government shutdown? That didn’t happen. The meeting Cruz speaks of to Schieffer happened after the strong-arm tactics the GOP used to try to get Obama to do as they were demanding.
Schieffer is so amused by Cruz’s gymnastics, he laughs. He then asks, “If you didn’t shut down the government, who did?”
Cruz responds, “Senator Harry Reid and President Obama.”
Cruz, when asked about Chris Christie running for President in 2016, then goes on to subtle throw the New Jersey Governor completely under the political bus, too, using words like “unfortunate”, “mess”, “extricate himself”, and “mired in scandal” at the same time expressing how much he likes Christie.
Stephen Colbert gives a review of Cruz’s literary masterpiece, a coloring book titled “Ted Cruz To The Future” here.
Watch Ted Cruz duck responsibility for the government shut down in the video below.
h/t: Washington Post