Cruz Says No GOP Colleague Supported His Efforts Against Planned Parenthood, Iran; Rand Paul Says Cruz is “Done For” in Senate

While speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) implored Republican leadership to defend the right to life – an issue for which many Republican leaders have strongly advocated – and fight for conservative principles. Sen. Cruz’s speech followed Senate GOP leadership’s blocking of his attempt to get a vote on his amendment to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and the Iranian nuclear deal.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is excoriating the Republican leadership in the House and Senate for failing to “lift a finger to defend life” by eliminating taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Cruz’s speech on the Senate floor comes as the lawmakers voted, 77-19, to advance a bill to authorize government spending that includes funding for Planned Parenthood…Cruz said it is likely that Planned Parenthood has committed multiple crimes that are punishable with imprisonment, yet asked why the Obama Department of Justice and FBI have failed to open investigations into the abortion organization. Similarly, he observed that not one Democrat has asked to have Planned Parenthood investigated.

Cruz, one of several conservatives determined not to see one more taxpayer dollar go to Planned Parenthood in the wake of several disturbing videos, criticized his party after the vote for about an hour, accusing them of failing to show any passion for the causes for which they are supposed to fight. While President Obama and the Democrats have no problem “walking through glass” to defend Big Government programs, Cruz said the GOP has failed to live up to its tenets.

“So what does he say?” Cruz said of Obama. “If you don’t fund this one private organization that’s not part of the government, that’s under multiple criminal investigations, I, Barack Obama, will veto funding for the entire federal government and shut it down.” “And what does Republican leadership say?” he asked. “Well, it will surprise no one. Republican leadership says, we surrender.” He said the result is that Republicans end up funding anything the Democrats want, including Planned Parenthood. The House and Senate are about to pass a “clean” spending bill, but Cruz said that bill is anything but clean.

As the Senate voted Monday on a continuing resolution with taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, Cruz attempted to offer an amendment ending all federal funding for America’s largest abortion provider. The amendment also cut off money to implement the Iran nuclear deal. But in a departure from Senate custom, a quartet of Republican leaders blocked the Texas senator from even getting a vote on his amendment. Only one senator, Mike Lee of Utah, stood with Cruz on the Senate floor.

Ted Cruz couldn’t get anyone in the Senate to back him tonight as he tried to get a ban on Planned Parenthood funding and a linkage of the Iran Nuclear deal in a government funding bill…Cruz’s amendment would place a one-year ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood. It would also ban the Obama administration from using funds from the short-term bill to implement the Iran nuclear deal or any “assessed contributions” to the United Nations until lawmakers receive the “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Tonight Senator Ted Cruz attempted to offer an amendment to the must pass spending bill that would have halted the implementation of Obama’s Iran Deal and public funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood…Cruz however wanted to make one last effort to put members of the Senate on the record, but GOP Senators were so scared of voting to strike funding for these Obama priorities that they opted to block Cruz from even receiving a vote. (Read original Press Release on “Standing Alone, Cruz Says No to Planned Parenthood, Iran” HERE)
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Senator Rand Paul: Cruz “Done For” in the Senate

By Niels Lesniewski. Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted. Cruz is “done for” in the Senate.

“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio. “He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem”. . .

“I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing, I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result,” Paul said in the interview.

Paul backed McConnell’s 2014 re-election bid. Cruz had accused McConnell of lying to him about the way forward for the revival of the Export-Import Bank in the Senate. (Read more from “Rand Paul: Cruz Says No to Compromise, ‘Done For’ in Senate” HERE)

  • mikecnj

    Poor Rand : shrinking violet

  • mikecnj

    Rand should consider positioning himself for a Trump admin. slot

    • ijohnc1

      Doing what? going for burgers?

      • mikecnj

        Mmmmm. Burgers.

  • Loretta

    Cruz is a light shining on a hill. But the ground around him is filled with crawling vines that cannot get off the ground. These are the same vines that crawled when Hitler was coming to power. God bless Cruz and keep him safe

  • MrInterpid

    Rand Paul just lost any chance of a donation from me ever again. I hope Trump is right and R.P. is the next one out of the race. We need at least a dozen more senators just like Ted Cruz.

    • tjke

      I would never vote for a person like Rand Paul. He should drop out.
      Ted Cruz is the best Presidential candidate we have

      • Daninfla6th

        The McConnell suck up deserves what HE gets! Time will tell, it always does.

  • raynbene

    Can’t call a spade a spade anymore, eh ? And he said he’s ‘just as hardcore’, but doesn’t call people liars on the floor ? Maybe if we had more actual honesty, instead of superfluous BS, political correctness and nonsense, we can get back to real progress, instead of wishy-washy democRAT butt-kissing in the name of ‘compromise’ or ‘bipartisanship’ . . .

    • Russell Patton Davis – Journal

      Using rough words on those whose cooperation or ‘pacification’ you must have is merely stupid. Cruz won the vain glory he was after.

      • Russ

        you sound just like a Hedge Hog Hillary fan!!!

  • Russ

    so, in other words you are just another patsy right?? You make me sick Rand Paul!! Your silence means you approve of their agenda. Correct?? maybe your time in the Senate is over!!

    • Russell Patton Davis – Journal

      Silence is not always complicity. Prove the complicity without fallaciously arguing that a part is the whole. I doubt you can.

      • Russ

        wow! you really talked a lot without saying a thing. some big words there, are you sure what they mean?? I doubt you do!!

      • diana harrell

        Stop trying to sound important or educated. You missed the boat on both.

  • ijohnc1

    As the field continues to narrow, we see who the real conservatives are and who as the candidate from Pennsylvania stated when he was a Senator” Do it for the team”, sorry, but not good enough anymore.
    Rand is becoming a concessionaire, will of the wisp, go along to get along kinda guy, we as Americans should decide who takes our country back, and if this coming presidential election is not won but conservative loving American we are doomed and will find our real struggle will be not who leads us but how do we survive the war with our own government.

  • liberty49

    I don’t know that Cruz is dead in the Senate, but Rand Paul is definitely ‘dead’ as a Presidential candidate. Shame on the Republicans who would not ‘stand’ with Cruz to defund planned parenthood, stop the Iran Nuclear deal and stop Obamacare! We got rid of Boehner, now let’s clean out McConnell and the RINOs in the Senate!

  • DM

    From the first moment I heard Ted Cruz speak, I knew he would be a wonderful President. Sadly, I think we are too far gone in this country for his quality, and morals.

    • Roy Elsworth

      andrew Breitbart endorsed ted cruz way back in the 2012 election

    • diana harrell

      Only if, We the People refuse to fight for him. There are more of us than there are of the others….we just have to get them off their comfortable ass and vote for Cruz.

  • MrChicken

    So Rand, don’t speak up against anything, It might offend someone? May God have mercy on you because you stand for NOTHING. Obama must love you.

    • Roy Elsworth

      not true he stood up for Mich Maconnell when he had a chance to dethrone him in the federal election you guys had.

  • Kevin

    I really think Ted Cruz is the ONLY real choice that we have for President. We need someone who has shown that he (or she) has the will to stand up to the Dems/Progressives/Communists (whatever they call themselves this week). I had thought, all along, that Cruz or Scott Walker (who demonstrated that he could stand up to the Dems/Unions/Communists in Wisconsin) were the only real choices for 2016 (out of 17 candidates). Now that Walker has been smeared by Trump, and forced out of the race, Ted Cruz is the only logical choice left.
    It’s sad and very frustrating to witness, on a daily basis, America being severely damaged by a pack of Mozzlim communists (the Dems) and a pack of self-preserving azz wipes (the Repubs, under McConnell and Boner). And, the media–controlled by major investors George Soros and, other, communists is complicit in every way!

    • tjke

      I will vote for Cruz

  • CountryBoy

    So, Cruz is the ONLY Senator that wishes to FIGHT for America ????

    • diana harrell

      He is the ONLY one that stood on the Senate floor and tried to get McConnell to allow a vote. McConnell shut him down and would not let a vote be had. NO ONE stood with Cruz…not one of those ass wipes.

      • carlosperdue

        Hardly. Cruz betrayed Sessions and his fellow citizens to help pass Comrade Obama’s secret “free trade” Trojan Horse. Then when he realized how much damage his betrayal had done with his donors and supporter – like me – he pretended to oppose it but only on the day of the final cloture vote when the fix was in and he could have his cake and eat it too. He never tried to stop it.

        Even with 125 million Americans unemployed, underemployed and on welfare, even when 100% of the net jobs created since 2000 went to immigrants, Cruz has repeatedly sabotaged Senator Sessions’ efforts to reduce legal immigration to non-suicidal levels. For example, Cruz wants to increase our already crushing H1B visa rates by 500% to ~400k per year. Add chain migration on top of that and it’s more like 4 million a year.

    • carlosperdue

      See my reply to Diana below

  • Brian Artzberger

    Cruz is the last conservative standing in the Senate. God Bless You Ted!

  • Popo2_Agrees_With_David_Clarke

    In case it wasn’t already obvious, there is no longer room in this man’s Republican party for a principled true conservative like Ted Cruz. It’s simply long past time for a true third party to emerge, with an honorable individual like Cruz as its leader.

    • carlosperdue

      Cruz is a “principled conservative” who who wants to jack up our already nationally suicidal legal immigration rates. Right.

  • slipkid13

    Ahhhh. You get you feelings hurt so you won’t stop funding to murder and dismember babies. Truth doesn’t fit in the decorum of the Senate. Despicable.

  • Steve Sullivan

    Rand Paul is a snake riding on mitch’s coat tail

  • This is what happens to a Republic when it’s becomes so entrenched and corrupted, it’s turns on their own people and country.

    On the Senate Floor, everything Rand Paul said, was exactly what Sen Ted Cruz said on the Senate Floor, yet Sen Rand Paul chose to be Mitch McRINOs attack surrogate in disparaging Sen Ted Cruz publically for trying to make the very case Rand Paul was trying to make- about how corrupt the Congressional Political Leadership has become, not listening to the American people who voted for them in tidal wave droves-aka a mandate, whom in response have betrayed the American People that elected them into majority rule, and in so doing have betrayed forsaken the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan, the US Constitution and the American Republic, all for their self-serving collusional power sharing rule with Democrats / Obama.

    This is the kind of hypocrisy and betrayal backstabbing that Conservatives revile.

    But we should be suprised-Rand Paul is a true Ron paul Libertarian, and as a Libertarian Rand Paul has more in common with and alliances with Democrats and Establishment RINOs than Conservatives.. so is it any wonder why Rand Paul would choose to be McConnell’s toady in disparaging Ted Cruz and his fight against the GOP establishment-ie; Mitch McRINO’s political cronyism, corruption, and meglamania egotistical anti-Conservative leadership, who is no better than Harry Reid, whom btw, McConnell is best buddies with.

    “Conservative Review: “Rand Paul’s transformation from an honest fighting intellectual, to Presidential Panderer”

    Rand Paul has basically sold his conservative credentials to be Mitch McConnell’s toady establishment tool to defeat Conservatism / Republicanism / Constitutionalism.

    What does it tell you when Rand Paul- Mr Constitution, as he has claimed himself to be, speaks about defending the US Constitution on the Senate Floor, but then attacks Ted Cruz for doing jus that, and does not so.

  • cantonst

    Paul is wrong. Cruz is not “done for”. The Senate and the House are “done for”. And they have done it to themselves.

  • Cliché Guevara

    Cut Rand some slack; he was probably just stoned when he said that.

  • Melveta

    Rand Paul is done for…..Paul endorsed and support McConnell in Kentucky bid for Senator….against the CONSERVATIVE that was running….for Senate…. So Paul….you deserve to go and out of the Primary…. Cruz is the GOOD ONE…. so shut your pie hole Rand…

  • Russell Patton Davis – Journal

    Not every battle is worth fighting – why let the enemy chose the time and ground of battle – If Cruz rushes in foolishly then vain glory is all he can win. Cruz felt he needed to stand alone. He got what he wanted. Now how exactly did that serve you or the butchered babies?

  • carlosperdue

    More betrayal from Rand Paul, the oper-immigration, Left-“Liberarian ankle biter. OTOH, Cruz is also for over-immigration, which is killing the USA just as dead as illegal immigration.

    • diana harrell

      What in the hell makes you think Ted Cruz is for over- immigration……….you are wrong.

      • carlosperdue

        Research and facts. Try it sometime before mouthing off

  • diana harrell

    Ted Cruz is the only MAN in the whole Republican party. We will vote for him no matter who or what anyone else says or does. To bloody hell with the wimps, the RINO’S and the worthless demoncrats. We are voting Cruz…PERIOD.

  • kathwoodstock

    And people wonder why non politicians running for president are doing so well in the polls? Because the Republicans, other than Cruz, are not giving people what they clearly stated they wanted by electing them. The people here in NH who tell me they like Trump because “he says it like it is” and “can’t be bought” would LOVE Cruz if they were just a tiny bit more politically aware.