Ted Cruz: Americans are looking for leaders who aren’t going to Washington to be popular at cocktail parties

Surprisingly, CBS Evening News spent a few minutes interviewing Ted Cruz last night after his big win in Texas, and they spent a lot of that time talking about the Tea Party. It was a great interview and Cruz said a lot of great stuff, but my favorite line was when he was explaining what the American people are really looking for:

“But I think the American people are looking for leaders that AREN’T going to Washington to suddenly be popular at the cocktail parties. They’re looking for leaders to go to Washington to be public servants.”

Watch the full interview below:

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          • LIBERTYUSA

            …I will comply .”(period the end)



    • Ted was born in Canada. Are/were his parents American citizens?

  • RefudiateObama2012

    His rhetoric sure sounded like “that woman”.

    • “that woman”? (confused)

      • RefudiateObama2012

        I thought all political junkies knows who “that woman” is. Look at the Cruz quote that Scoop posted, and tell me who’s been saying that for the last four years.

      • That was one of the former Governor of Alaska’s most resounding lines in her historic speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention! duh.

    • That was one of the former Governor of Alaska’s most resounding lines in her historic speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention! duh.

  • FreeManWalking

    Cruz IN, Boehner and McConnell OUT.

    Then the TEA Party Conservatives might have a say.

    • RefudiateObama2012

      It’s not quite that easy. As a Kentuckian, I can tell you that we don’t have good Conservatives waiting in the wings, so it will be extremely difficult to find someone who can beat McConnell and then beat whoever the Dems put up. Even though KY is considered a red state, registered D’s outnumber registered R’s by 67%. Most D’s in Kentucky are fairly Conservative, so McConnell’s seat will always be hard to defend. McConnell always does well in Louisville because that’s where he’s from and has been a “good friend” of G.E. which is one of Louisville’s biggest employers. Another Republican couldn’t carry Louisville.

      McConnell needs to be replaced as the R leader in the Senate. That’s the best avenue.

      • FreeManWalking

        With moderates like both of them it really no difference than a RINO, I could care less weather there are in at all, but OUT of leadership position is what I meant.

        How can it be called a leadership position when we have wimps like them in those positions.

        If 0b0 leads from behind, they follow from the front.

      • proudhispanicconservative

        I take it you are not voting for obama?

  • dabbobean

    I’ll enjoy seeing Ted Cruz sworn into the Senate…..He’ll be a constant reminder to the remaining old RINOs that they better straighten up or they could be next out the door.

  • What surprised me was that CBS did a fair report about a Tea Party supported candidate.

    It’s good for Texas and America that he did so well! Now, we need to repeat that kind of success over and over.

    • p m

      Agree – liked that the reporter said he is a ‘Constitutional Conservative’ instead of the usual extreme right blather.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Cruz talks like a winner. I just hope he doesn’t get “wrapped up” in the D.C. attitude once he gets to Washington. It’s happened to good folks before, but let’s hope Ted doesn’t buy into all that hype and lose his focus on fixing problems. Of course he can’t do it by himself and no one expects him to, but maybe he can generate enough buzz to make some good things happen.

    • WordsFailMe

      First we have to elect Conservatives.

      Then we have to monitor them.

    • WhenI saw the headline I thought of how chief justice Roberts became the toast of DC society in a matter of seconds.

  • welltempered2

    Not a word of what’s most important to CBS viewers…that Cruz is a “white-hispanic.”

    • I luv that “white hispanic” BS from the DimLibs. Maybe, maybe.. if we can get a few more true constitution supporting senators in place, we can get rid of the FED & the banker paid for politicians and then really get something done.

  • welltempered2

    That on the spot reporter looks like she’s going to cry. Always a good sign.

  • Ok. Here’s where this stuff starts.

    The thumbnail pic that they use when the anchor introduces the story — it totally sux. Granted, Cruz ain’t no Paul Newman, but the pic they use looks like Herman Munster.
    Don’t fool yourself. That was totally on purpose.

    Then the pic they use near the beginning of the story — where they’re saying he’s a Princeton debate champ and Harvard law grad — makes him look nutz.
    Don’t fool yourself. That wasn’t the best of a bad lot that they had to choose from.
    They searched.
    Diligently. Assiduously.
    To get. j u s t t h e r i g h t Picture.

    Notice the pic they use of the aging Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
    She looks young enough to be a mom on a sitcom, like she could replace Reba or something.
    That’s because she’s the right kind of Republican…

    Anyone can take a bad pic. Mid eye blink.
    Or you’re doing fakey-sarcasm and get a still shot mid expression.
    The thumbnail MSLSD used of Bush on election night 2000 made him look nutz, too.
    You wouldn’t even notice now but back then they were supposedly straight news.

    I think it was Ace who said the LSM has to paint conservatives into one of 4 corners :
    The last 2 take time so the first 2 are the go-to options for someone new.
    Stupid doesn’t work for Cruz so they have to use the Crazy palette.

    This story has plausible deniability. The speakers, the anchor and the reporter, may not even be aware or in on it. You could print out the transcript and say, “Look. This story is super positive !”
    But the VISUALS — at least the ones they have total control over as Cruz looked good and was well-lit in the inter view — scream the exact OPPOSITE.
    The dog whistles are blowing long and hard here.

    • sDee

      I will spare my propaganda references but the questions were all leading, forcing him to defend false assertions. Propaganda Media!

      “Why do so many people believe you beat your wife?”

  • 911Infidel

    Not bad reportage for the faux newsers at the Commie Broadcast System. By the way Sharyl, I see you never learned spelling in school? Pity.

    One other point. “Alot of Republicans?” No sweet pea those are faux Republicans that we call RINOs. We’re so done with them it ain’t even funny.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Good interview. I’m so glad he won… now, on to the next battle.

    • Sarah Steelman is the next battle.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Can you tell me more about her? I’d like to support candidates like Cruz but I only know of a handful of them right now.

        • Palin was in MO last night to campaign and gotv for Steelman. She has also cut tv and radio ads for her. Steelman is in a primary on Tuesday against two other Republicans. She is the former State Treasurer and before that a State Senator. She has vowed to vote to repeal Obamacare, supports a balanced budget amendment, and is a reformer. She is an economist. Here ya go..http://www.sarahsteelman.com/meet-sarah-steelman/about

          • Sober_Thinking


            I went to her site and will support her. Thank you!!

  • 12grace

    I pray that Ted Cruz wins this election!

  • stevenbiot

    Harvard law grad? I guarantee he had better grades than Obama, and actually made it through Harvard law school on merit, rather than affirmative action.

    • pdxlady

      …and I’ll bet that he has classmates who remember him!

  • marketcomp

    WOW, Ted Cruz is putting it out there! No wonder they were afraid of him he is an unapologetic conservative and a fighter for the Constitution. I love that he is a strategist,which is something lacking among republican leadership, and immediately turning his focus on electing other Constitutional Conservatives.

  • sDee

    One battle at a time.

  • anneinarkansas

    Let us also pray that the Obama Press “Corpse” will no longer be invited to anything in Washington!

    • sDee

      I would love to see that but the elephants seem to relish the role of staying on permanent defense in DC. If they did not play that role the press would have to actually report on reality instead of just beating up elephants to watch them squirm.

      Not too many elephants yet with an offensive strategy.

      • Key word “yet”… Wait until after the Presidential Election… The the problem will be trying figure out the TRUE Tea Party people from the band wagon jumpers!

        The Tea Party Revolution might be slow… But we WILL get it RIGHT!!! We have learned the lessons of history… We know what we are up against… We understand them… Even as they remain clueless about us!

        We… You and I, and all Good Americans… SHALL PREVAIL!! We are not just fighting an election, we are fighting for the very SOUL of this nation and the future of the entire planet and everyone on it! Much is expected of us! We must prevail!

        Or else… Well… best not to dwell on the eternal darkness that awaits us should we fail to save humanity!

  • kong1967

    I don’t know why she even bothered asking him if he felt some people were out to get the Tea Party. Both the Democrat and Republican parties hate us and her network is part of the attack machine. Soon the establishment will either be out of office or sitting at the back of the conservative bus. As soon as we have enough strength to vote in a Tea Party House speaker, we’ll be getting somewhere.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    This guy is a great candidate, he handles himself with such class without badmouthing anyone just making his case that we want real change in washington. I was pleasantly surprised they covered this race. I hope he keeps his word and go to washington and lead the fight against the radicals in washington in the left and the right.


    Sorry, everyone. I am hearing he is not quite the conservative he is purported to be. We’ll see. We need every last one we can get, but…we want clean ones!

  • I like that Cruz’ message still manages to shake out despite CBS’ attempt at making it seem like he’s somehow a radical choice over Dewhurst. “By most any standard, Dewhurst is considered a very conservative Replublican. Tough on taxes and social issues…”

    Really, CBS?! “By Most Any Standard”? Ticks me off when they try to setup these false “facts” to further their narrative.