by Greg Campbell
Cruz, the former Solicitor General of Texas, is a rising star in the Senate due to his tough stance on conservative Republican issues. At a time when the Republican Party is, in many ways, in disarray, conservatives and moderates have found themselves at odds in recent months. While many moderate GOP leaders claim to adhere to Republican principles, the conservative base has appeared frustrated in recent months as top Republican leadership has said one thing while doing another.
Cruz ran on a platform of Tea Party politics and won a victory over Democratic nominee Paul Sadler by a heavy margin. Now that he has been sworn in, Cruz claims that he intends to “repeal every syllable of every word of Obamacare” and work to get the Republican Party back to adherence to strong conservative principles.
After taking the oath of office on his family Bible, Senator Cruz sat down with reporters and outlined his plan for leadership.
“As promised during the campaign, he still plans to focus the first bill he files on an attempt to ‘repeal every syllable of every word of Obamacare,’ though he’s realistic. With Obama reelected and Democrats still in control of the Senate, ‘We know to a metaphysical certainly that that bill is not going to pass any time soon.’ So he’ll do whatever he can to prevent implementation of that law.
He laughed, literally, at Obama’s recent suggestion that there won’t be a debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. The federal government will hit its credit limit in roughly two months and Obama argues that default to any degree is unthinkable, especially because it entails spending that Congress has already authorized. ‘I know he said that and I’m sure he would like not to discuss it,’ Cruz said, making clear that Obama will, in fact, face pushback when the time comes.”
With a Democratic majority in the Senate, Cruz is bound for a fair amount of frustration. However, though the Republican Party may be unable to push the legislative agenda they may desire, if the Party can adhere to conservative principles, the GOP may be able to defend against a staunch Democratic agenda that may even more spending and assault on gun rights.
“He’s very pleased to have landed an assignment on the Judiciary Committee. A former law clerk for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and the state’s former chief appellate lawyer, Cruz said he’ll fight as hard as he can to ensure that Obama doesn’t shift the balance of power at the high court. ‘We are one justice away from a five-justice liberal majority that could overturn decades of precedent,’ he said.
He’ll resist any effort to tighten gun laws in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in particular a bill from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. ‘Gun registries have been used as a preface to confiscation,’ Cruz said, arguing that the federal government should never be allowed to keep track of legally-owned firearms and their owners. ‘It’s a tragedy, but it’s not a tragedy that should be answered by restricting the constitutional rights of all Americans,’ Cruz said.”