Ted Cruz, the rumbustious, petulant, and controversial Republican senator, now running as a presidential candidate is proving yet again to be a man that cannot be trifled with easily.
In a shocking outburst, while addressing the senate, he accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying, and charged that he was no better than Harry Reid, his Democratic predecessor and therefore couldn’t be trusted.
“Not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again, was a simple lie,” Cruz declared.
According to Cruz, McConnell, R-Ky., had led him along with other senators to believe that there was no deal to allow a vote to renew the federal Export-Import Bank — a little-known federal agency that has become a rallying cry for conservatives.
Cruz made his remarks moments after McConnell had lined up a vote on the Export-Import Bank for coming days.
“It saddens me to say this. I sat in my office, I told my staff the majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie,” Cruz said.
“We now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false.”
The majority leader was not on the Senate floor when Cruz issued his attack, and ignored reporters who tried to ask him about it in the Capitol’s hallways. A spokesman said McConnell would have no response.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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