“There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than suspected”
In an impassioned speech, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) skillfully upended John McCain as the two clashed on the Senate floor Thursday morning. Cruz was a standout as he readily embraced the “wacko bird” epithet McCain hurled at him, Rand Paul and other conservatives earlier this year.
“The senior senator from AZ has impugned the Republicans by claiming repeatedly that it is only a minority of Republicans who are opposed to raising the debt ceiling on just 50 votes. And he has repeatedly suggested on the floor of the senate that in fact it may be a small minority — that the overwhelming majority of Republicans, the senior senator from Arizona said, stand with Harry Reid in wanting to be able to raise the debt ceiling on 50 votes.
Let me suggest to the senior senator from Arizona that, Number One, in saying that he is impugning all 45 Republicans in this body. But Number Two, it has been suggested that those of us who are fighting to defend liberty, fighting to turn around the out-of-control spending and out-of-control debt in this country, fighting to defend the Constitution — it has been suggested that we are “wacko birds.“
Well if that is the case, I would suggest to my friend from Arizona there may be more wacko birds in the senate than is suspected. Indeed I would encourage my friend, the senior senator from Arizona, that if he were to circulate to Republicans a simple statement that said, ‘we the undersigned Republican senators hereby state that we support giving Harry Reid and the Democrats the ability to raise the debt ceiling with 50 votes instead of 60,’ I believe he would find his representation to this body that it is only a minority of Republicans that oppose that is not accurate.”
(Excerpted 5:25 minutes into speech)