In an email blast, Michael Czin| National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, said:
Speaking at the RLC today, Senator Ted Cruz claimed that the government shutdown has helped the GOP politically. Below please find a response from me:
“The GOP’s government shutdown cost the economy $ 24 billion and harmed middle class Americans. But to Ted Cruz, that’s not a mistake - it’s a model to follow moving forward. Just like with Benghazi, Republicans are singularly focused on pleasing their base at the expense of everyone else.
“While Democrats are committed to improving the economy and creating jobs that give everyone a fair shot, Republicans like Cruz are focused on playing political games that hurt the economic well being of working Americans.”
From the Washington Post:
Washington Post/ Aaron Blake
NEW ORLEANS -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) argued Saturday that his efforts during the two-week government shutdown in October contributed directly to the GOP's advantage in the 2014 elections, and he urged GOP "graybeards" to recognize that fact.
Cruz, speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference, bristled at the idea that his shutdown strategy had failed and hurt the GOP. Republicans did not earn concessions after the shutdown, and polls afterward showed the party lagging and being assigned the lion's share of the blame for the shutdown.
But Cruz said the proof of the shutdown's success would emerge over the long term and that the strategy had cast a floodlight on Obamacare's problems, which eventually led to the GOP being favored to retake the Senate this year.
Cruz suggested GOP "graybeards" are failing to give credit where credit is due.
"They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine," Cruz said. "But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.”
Cruz and other Republicans declined to fund the government if that funding included the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare. They held out for 17 days before GOP leaders agreed to pass a continuing resolution that included Obamacare funding. At the time, GOP leaders including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) acknowledged they had lost the fight.
Cruz said one battle does not define his war.
"Any wartime general will tell you that not every war is won in a single battle," Cruz said.
Republicans are poised to recapture control of the Senate this fall, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said Saturday.
“I’m convinced we are going to retake the United States Senate in 2014,” Cruz also said “And thanks to the hard work of a lot of people in this room, we’re going to retire [Louisiana Senator] Mary Landrieu from politics. And even more important we’re going to retire [Nevada Senator] Harry Reid as majority leader.”
Senator Cruz said the fight over ObamaCare proved the importance of standing up for principles: “How do you win elections? You win it by not standing for nothing. … We need to stand for liberty. We need to stand for the Bill of Rights. All of the Bill of Rights.”