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Hey Ted Cruz: 'What's It Like To Be The Most Hated Man In America?'

Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly kicked off her new prime-time program "The Kelly File" with a bang on Monday night, asking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): "What's it like to be the most hated man in America?"

Cruz initially side-stepped the question, congratulating Kelly on her new show, but she pressed him, "All right, so now answer the question."

Kelly told the Associated Press in an earlier interview that she does not want to be an opinion host, so in the new show, "You're not going to hear what I think... I think I'm too moderate and reasonable."

Cruz went on to criticize President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for "refusing to negotiate" on bills funding just parts of the government.

Even members of Cruz's own party have criticized him for pursuing a fight over Obamacare into a government shutdown.

On Monday, Obama challenged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to "let the bill go to the floor" and prove there aren't enough votes to pass a clean continuing resolution.

by Anonymousreply 1110/19/2013

So full of admiration for garnering negative attention and sway.

Poor parenting, these people.

by Anonymousreply 110/08/2013

delusional

by Anonymousreply 210/08/2013

isn't cruz' father all kinds of crazy??

by Anonymousreply 310/08/2013

Ted Cruz is a legend in his own mind.

by Anonymousreply 410/08/2013

And to think, Republicans were so recently touting him as the great brown hope for the next presidential election.

Perhaps Bobby Jindhal can be his running mate.

by Anonymousreply 510/08/2013

Isn't he exactly the kind of representative for the (new) Republican party that they have been looking for? I want him to keep talking.

by Anonymousreply 710/08/2013

This is what happens when cable news networks put pretty faces on TV rather than qualified journalists.

Objectivity in journalism does not mean criticising both sides equally or that alternative views are of equal merit. It means you approach stories without prejudice, and any moron can see that the Republicans deserve the lion share of the criticism when it comes to the shutdown.

by Anonymousreply 810/10/2013

Cruz: Senate won't make same mistake in next fight

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP lost the government shutdown budget battle because some congressional Republicans turned on others, but that he doesn't think they will make the same mistake during the next political impasse.

"I am hopeful that in the future the Senate will listen," Cruz, the tea party favorite and freshman senator from Texas, told a convention in Austin of the Texas Medical Association.

Cruz staged a more than 21-hour quasi-filibuster in the Senate late last month, helping spark a budget fight in the Republican-led House that partially shuttered the government in an attempt to sever funding for the nation's new health care law.

Then, with the country facing a debt default, leaders in the Democratic-led Senate brokered a deal to end the standoff — which Cruz dismissed as "selling the American people down the river."

"You don't win a fight when your own team is firing cannons at the people who are standing up and leading, which are the House Republicans," he said.

The deal sets up the potential for another budget showdown in January. Senate GOP leaders, however, have suggested that there won't be a repeat of the shutdown or a potential default crisis like in recent weeks.

But addressing reporters after his speech, Cruz would not say that another fight won't be coming.

"There will be plenty of time to consider the particular practical or strategic decisions," he said.

Asked if he was worried about retaliation from more-senior Republican leaders in the Senate, Cruz said, "I try very hard not to worry about the politics and the internal back-and-forth in Washington."

Many attendees gave Cruz a standing ovation at the end of his speech.

Some political observers now see Cruz as Texas' most popular Republican. But his approval ratings across the country may be slipping.

National polls have shown that while Americans in general don't love the health care law, they oppose defunding it — especially if it means shutting down the government. And many of Cruz's Senate colleagues have bemoaned the shutdown for tarnishing the GOP's image.

Cruz also took questions from the audience and was asked if ideology driving Washington could outweigh political pragmatism.

"The arguments I have laid out today have not been ideological," Cruz said. "These were the essence of practical."

by Anonymousreply 910/19/2013

He's a passing fancy. Most hated would still be someone like a Scalia or a Cheney.

You think that the Tea Party will fade back into the woodwork once they no longer have the common agenda of hating a black President?

by Anonymousreply 1010/19/2013

[quote]Kelly told the Associated Press in an earlier interview that she does not want to be an opinion host, so in the new show, "You're not going to hear what I think... I think I'm too moderate and reasonable."

Has anyone told her she's working at Fox? Or does she host the show naked or something?

by Anonymousreply 1110/19/2013
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