HANNITY: Well, I mean, it seems to me, is it that they are angry you're a freshman senator and how dare you fulfill your campaign promise to your constituents? Because I don't see you're doing anything other than that. Why is there such a resentment here? Because this was getting downright hostile.
CRUZ: Well, Sean, I don't want to speculate about Bob Corker's motivations in coming to the floor, and supporting Harry Reid and attacking Mike Lee, which is what he did this afternoon. But let me say this generally. A lot of Republicans, they have been here a long time. And they are beaten down. And they're scared that if we stand together on this and if a government shutdown results, that Republicans will be blamed and it is too the politically risky.
And, you know, I just think we need to stand for principle and actually stand together. And you know, some of those Republicans are telling their constituents they are going to vote for cloture. They are going to vote for giving Harry Reid the power to fund ObamaCare, but they are trying to convince constituents that that's a vote against ObamaCare. And it just isn't. And if were Harry Reid and every democrat in the Senate wouldn't be voting the exact same way.
HANNITY: So, this is important I think for the American people to hear. So, basically, this is about fear of being blamed for a government shutdown. That's it. Is it any more -- and fear of the political consequences that they may get blamed. Is that what it is?
CRUZ: You know, I think that's right. And you know, Sean, if you look back at the last four elections, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012. Three of the last four Republicans got clobbered, we got clobbered in '06, '08 and 12. The only one we did well was 2010 where we actually stood up and fought and we ran against ObamaCare. And what are a lot of voices in Washington saying? We should do the same thing we did no '06, '08 in '12. We ought to just roll over because that's the way you win elections.
It's not the way you win elections. You win elections by fighting for the American people, fighting for principle. And I hope tomorrow all 46 Republicans come together, even those that have said they're going to vote with Harry Reid. I hope they have second thoughts, I hope they listen to their constituents and stand they together to vote against giving Harry Reid the power to fund ObamaCare.
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