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Perkins: Cruz is de facto leader of Republican Party
cnn.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Peter Hamby

Posted on 10/11/2013 7:06:49 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Washington (CNN) -- As trench warfare over the government shutdown drags into its 11th day, a number of Republicans with visible roles in the stalemate, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, will take a breather from Capitol Hill on Friday to speak at the Values Voter Summit, one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events.

Pretty much everyone in official Washington has taken a beating in public opinion polls during the shutdown mess. Republicans, however, continue to shoulder most of the blame.

But don't expect to hear calls for GOP compromise from the hundreds of activists, elected officials and conservative celebrities at Friday's kickoff to this weekend's summit, said Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, the event's sponsor.

Cruz: I'm for health care reform, just not Obamacare

Instead, he said, expect this year's Values Voter Summit to be ground zero for the no-compromise wing of the Republican Party, and a hive of anti-Obamacare fervor where polarizing leaders like Cruz will be welcomed as conquering heroes.

. . .

Here is his interview, condensed and lightly edited.

Q: What message do you expect the congressional leaders speaking at the summit to have about the shutdown, and any potential deals to reopen the government or raise the debt ceiling?

Perkins: If you look at most of those we have coming to speak here, they're conservative leaders who have been pushing this effort to delay or suspend Obamacare. I don't think you are going to see them saying, 'Hey, we are going to settle here,' except for maybe Paul Ryan. I think they are going to use this as a platform to push for something of significance to come out of this showdown that has occurred between Republicans and the president.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz

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1 posted on 10/11/2013 7:06:49 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; be-baw; Batman11; shetlan; leapfrog0202; Art in Idaho; milkncookies; Qwackertoo; ...

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2 posted on 10/11/2013 7:07:42 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Hey, we are going to settle here,’ except for maybe Paul Ryan”

BOOM!


3 posted on 10/11/2013 7:08:16 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz Control!


4 posted on 10/11/2013 7:08:20 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SoConPubbie

YES! Works for me!


5 posted on 10/11/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz captured the flag... I’m rallying to the flag!!


6 posted on 10/11/2013 7:10:14 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: austinaero
“Hey, we are going to settle here,’ except for maybe Paul Ryan”

Boo him off the stage. Do not let him speak. When RMGO did that to Governor Bill Owens in Colorado the little twerp disappeared forever.

7 posted on 10/11/2013 7:12:09 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SoConPubbie

He stole it from Rush Limbaugh?


8 posted on 10/11/2013 7:12:31 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SoConPubbie

Paul Ryan has sunk his White House hopes, at least as a Republican candidate. Is there a primary challenger on the horizon?


9 posted on 10/11/2013 7:12:35 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Actually he is the emerging leader of the new Conservative Party.

The Republican Party has entered its death throes.


10 posted on 10/11/2013 7:15:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SoConPubbie
Republicans, however, continue to shoulder most of the blame.

Republicans are going to get the blame no matter what they do. The media will pound them from now until November regardless of whether its Obamacare, CR, debt ceiling or something else. The incessant attacks will intensify as we approach the elections. So Pubbies may as well stand up and fight. What is there to lose? I think Cruz understands this quite well.

11 posted on 10/11/2013 7:16:07 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: SoConPubbie


12 posted on 10/11/2013 7:21:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Boycott Reno & Las Vegas until those in control there, remove Reid from the senate!)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

I had forgotten about Governor Owens of CO; wasn’t he a stealth Democrat all the time?


13 posted on 10/11/2013 7:28:10 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: SoConPubbie

Yes, he is filling a void that was glaringly obvious, and a very good choice for leader. Dubya retired from politics, Romney would normally be the titular head but also bugged out. This left crazy lefty McCain, who was no use at all, McConnell the same, and Boener, who is doing his best but is not conservative enough.


14 posted on 10/11/2013 7:28:36 AM PDT by expat2
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To: SoConPubbie

And the problem with that is...?


15 posted on 10/11/2013 7:28:47 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: SoConPubbie

McCain is just fuming this morning on FNC with Martha MacCallum interview.....have never seen him this mad and is blaiming everything on everyone except for the demonrats and O. It’s sickening.

Thankful we have someone with some backbone and morals like Ted Cruz.


16 posted on 10/11/2013 7:31:10 AM PDT by slipper (The best is yet to come)
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To: Starboard

Exactly. And I’m proud to be on board. Watching the voters’ summit on CSPAN3. Most refreshing.


17 posted on 10/11/2013 7:31:40 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Well. Nature does abhor a vacuum.


18 posted on 10/11/2013 7:34:25 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Starboard
Republicans are going to get the blame no matter what they do. The media will pound them from now until November regardless of whether its Obamacare, CR, debt ceiling or something else. The incessant attacks will intensify as we approach the elections. So Pubbies may as well stand up and fight. What is there to lose? I think Cruz understands this quite well.

Yup yup and yup!

19 posted on 10/11/2013 7:39:19 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Zhang Fei
He represents a fairly liberal constituency ....apparently that's his claim to fame!!!
20 posted on 10/11/2013 7:44:18 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: SoConPubbie
Perkins: If you look at most of those we have coming to speak here, they're conservative leaders who have been pushing this effort to delay or suspend Obamacare. I don't think you are going to see them saying, 'Hey, we are going to settle here,' except for maybe Paul Ryan

This Perkins guy doesn't mince words, he knows Paul Ryan is weak on this. He didn't avoid saying that just to be nice.

21 posted on 10/11/2013 7:46:43 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: ontap
He represents a fairly liberal constituency ....apparently that's his claim to fame!!!

So Romney picked a fellow liberal Republican as his running mate. Now I understand Ryan's unending attacks on Medicare and SS while ignoring welfare reform.

22 posted on 10/11/2013 7:49:02 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Ted Cruz is defacto head of the GOP?

Hell, yes, as far as I’m concerned, he is. He’s the only one - along with Mike Lee - who stood up and put himself under the gun.

Everyone else just followed when looked like “the right thing to do”... instead of stepping up and standing beside him.


23 posted on 10/11/2013 7:50:12 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: SoConPubbie

You have to give Ted Cruz credit. He didn’t come to Washington to be John Cornyn. The freshman senator is making everyone take notice.


24 posted on 10/11/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: OrangeHoof

He is the leader because he is the ONLY one leading!


25 posted on 10/11/2013 7:52:58 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Theodore R.

Mostly he was a stealth anti-gun bozo. After Columbine he went Bloomberg on us. I was one of many RMGO members who got elected as a delegate for the sole purpose of booing him off the stage at the state party convention. It was fun. He did not speak, he left.


26 posted on 10/11/2013 8:00:00 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is de facto leader of thr FORMER Republican Party


27 posted on 10/11/2013 8:02:20 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: SMARTY

Cruz for President


28 posted on 10/11/2013 8:04:09 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: SoConPubbie

That is what the libs been saying on MSNBC, that Cruz is runnuing the GOP. I see he was on CNN Crossfire yesterday.

Given that Obama has not backed off his public stand that he will not negotiate nor compromise on CR or debt ceiling isnt the GOP house giving him some positive PR with these media stories about negotiations at White House?


29 posted on 10/11/2013 8:07:18 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe they can share.


30 posted on 10/11/2013 8:10:29 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: austinaero

Well with Boehner and McConnell leading from under their desks somebody had to step up.


31 posted on 10/11/2013 8:28:37 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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32 posted on 10/11/2013 8:44:27 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: slipper

“A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.” - Thomas Paine 1792


33 posted on 10/11/2013 8:53:41 AM PDT by Rock Eye Jack
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To: Rock Eye Jack

Great quote!

Welcome to FR.


34 posted on 10/11/2013 11:12:39 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: Rock Eye Jack
Welcome to FR.

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35 posted on 10/11/2013 11:20:32 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SoConPubbie
[Art.] Instead, he said, expect this year's Values Voter Summit to be ground zero for the no-compromise wing of the Republican Party, and a hive of anti-Obamacare fervor where polarizing leaders like Cruz will be welcomed as conquering heroes.

Wow, no "bias" in Pete Hamby's act, is there? Oh, wait -- CNN. Okay, I understand now.

To bad they don't have any viewers any more.

36 posted on 10/11/2013 3:34:59 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: SoConPubbie
If Ted Cruz were the leader of the GOP I guarantee you they would not be caving like what Boner is setting up. Boner does not have the stomach to fight (I sense he abhors it), or the knowledge of a negotiator, and is not qualified to be Speaker.

It shocked me every bit as much as the clown's reelection to see Boner win a second nomination after all the grousing from some of the Conservatives like Bachmann and his dismal negotiating skills demonstrated during his first weepership gig..
37 posted on 10/11/2013 3:58:11 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Zhang Fei
Ryan didn't appear squishy to me until he got the VP nod. I'd kill to know which R strategist has Ryan's ear...and Rubio's. Big money R donors certainly have some hold too.
38 posted on 10/12/2013 5:04:18 AM PDT by chiller (NBCNews et al is in the tank and should be embarrassed)
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