Speaking to the NE Tarrant Tea Party last Saturday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz warned that a lack of leadership in the 115th Congress could lead to a nightmarish scenario for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.
“If we go through 2017 and 2018 … and the only two legislative accomplishments of a Republican Congress are a massive bailout for insurance companies and a massive amnesty package, we’re headed for a bloodbath in 2018.”
Later, in response to an audience member shouting “Mitch McConnell needs to go today!”, Cruz avoided going full-on attack, but made clear that he, too, is disappointed in the Senate leadership.
“Leadership needs to lead. We’re not getting an awful lot of that … If we don’t see leadership now, in 2019 we’re not going to be electing a majority leader – we’re going to be electing a minority leader … It’s a very simple thing. Let’s do what we said. Let’s get it done. Failure is not an option”
Cruz spent the first 20 minutes of his speech addressing continuing hurricane cleanup efforts in the Lone Star State, then transitioned with “Shifting from one disaster to another, let’s talk about Congress.”
Agreeing with frequent audience shouts echoing disappointment in Congress, Cruz also decried the lack of legislative accomplishments since January, and shared his own frustrations over great effort expended by conservatives behind the scenes with very little to show.
In an extended review of the Obamacare repeal effort, Cruz stated that he was doing all that he could to forge an agreement that could address some of the concerns of the holdouts from previous efforts.
“I can’t promise you we will get there; I can promise that every ounce of strength in my body will be spent trying to bring 50 votes together to get the job done.”
The entire speech and Q&A session – recorded by an audience member – may be viewed here.