On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) challenged Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), saying he would attend a Houston Astros home game in an Arizona Diamondbacks cap if McCain could produce a written letter with signatures of a majority of Republicans agreeing to give Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democrats the power to raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority.
“I will offer here and now to go to a home game of my Houston Astros wearing an Arizona Diamondback hat,” Cruz said. “And I can guarantee to you in Houston that will not be well received, but yet I stand in complete comfort that I will not find myself in that situation because I don’t believe it’s right that a majority of Republicans in this body have given up the fight on spending … on reigning in out-of-control, Washington bipartisan spending, deficits, and debt.”
In recent days, Cruz has said he has objected to the Senate’s budget being sent to conference unless conferees agree not to raise the debt ceiling, which he said could be done with a simple majority under reconciliation rules. McCain has said Cruz was “ridiculous” even though other Republicans like Sens. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (KY), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) (UT), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (FL) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (KY) have opposed McCain.
Cruz said if McCain circulated a letter, he would find “his representation to this body that it is only a minority of Republicans that oppose” allowing Democrats to raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority “is not accurate.”