Ted Cruz: GOP Will Win the Senate
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate.
“I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think we’re going to win control of the Senate and we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon.
Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate.
“I think if the election happens right now we would take control of the Senate,” Cruz added.
Cruz explained that it was also crucially important for strong conservatives like T.W. Shannon to join him in the Senate to fight the Washington D.C. establishment.
“Pat, the things that would amaze you if you had to spend some time in the Senate Republican Conference lunches is how many folks have been in Washington a long time they’re just not willing to fight and we need changing we need people that will stand with the people even when the Washington establishment doesn’t want change,” Cruz said.
Shannon, Cruz explained, would stand up and fight in spite of the “slings and arrows” thrown in his direction.
Cruz pointed out that his Senate predecessor former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), decided to shake up the Republican establishment in 2010 by helping underdog conservatives like Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
“Those candidates were not supposed to win, the party bosses picked someone else, business as usual was operating,” Cruz remembered, pointing out that those candidates were now some of the strongest conservatives in the Senate.
“If you get even one or two more fighters, it makes a difference, we need to continue that trend,” Cruz said, pointing out that he was “impressed” by Shannon.
When asked about Shannon’s race, Cruz pointed out the Republicans did not “pigeonhole” minorities like Democrats.
“One of the reasons I’m a Republican is we treat people as individuals,” Cruz explained. “We care a lot more about your values and principals and who you are, than what happens to be the color of your skin.”