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If you spend any time watching cable news networks you've seen Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-FL) first ad of the 2016 presidential campaign attempt to whip up grassroots support for his increasingly unpopular defund Obamacare campaign. True to the teabagger audience Cruz is aiming for, this ad is as full of lies as every other attack they've made on the law. The Washington Post's fact checker counts the ways.

First up, this statement from the ad: "Democratic Senator Max Baucus, the lead author of Obamacare, says it’s a huge train wreck."

Ever since the Montana senator, a key writer of the bill, uttered the phrase “huge train wreck” during an April 17 budget hearing, his words have become a major GOP talking point. But Baucus’s comment has been taken out of context—and he has since said that his concerns have been addressed. [...]

In other words, no more train wreck. In fact, contrary to Cruz’s suggestion, Baucus is still highly supportive of the law. [...]

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said Baucus’s new stance “makes no difference, it’s what he said. We still agree with his original assertion that it’s a train wreck.”

Well, of course new facts make no difference to Cruz, just like old facts don't make any difference. Facts in general aren't really a priority for the guy. Why should they be a priority? You obviously don't need them to get elected to statewide office in Texas.

Cruz also says in the ad, "The president is quietly granting Obamacare waivers to big corporations," citing a New York Times article that doesn't focus on waivers. As Kessler points out, the article the ad is misusing is about the delay the administration announced in implementing the employer mandate in the law. Not a waiver, a delay. Yeah, facts again.

Finally, Cruz leaps on statements by Teamsters President James Hoffa and other union leaders, saying that even big labor admits that the law will "destroy the foundation of the 40-hour week that is the backbone of the American middle class." It's true that labor officials, while praising the law's ultimate goals, have complained about the possibility that employers will cut worker's hours to avoid the law. That's part of what the delay in the employer mandate was all about, giving employers more time to figure this out. But so far the only evidence for that comes from a few highly publicized and politicized claims by big employers, nothing more.

So, it's official, according to the Washington Post. Ted Cruz is a big, fat liar. Not that you need the WaPo to tell you that. All you need is to see Ted Cruz open his mouth.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (34+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:30:10 AM PDT

  •  Dangerous demigogue, hairs stood up on my (9+ / 0-)

    neck when I first heard him.....

    •  Sen Cruz (5+ / 0-)

      Sen Ted Cruz is just flat batshit crazy.  He's so deep into the tea party that he's drowning in it.  Yes, there have been a lot of crazies in one office or another in TX or for TX in the federal government.  But there is hope for Texas yet.  Because it's turning at least purple if not blue.  In the 2012 election, Obama took Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Beaumont.  They're a tad nuts over in Ft Worth but that's the only large city that didn't go for Obama.  He also took most of the counties in the Rio Grande valley as well as 4 counties out into far West TX and that's not counting El Paso.  The rest of that red sea of counties are rural and fairly white.  But Texas is Browning more and more every day.  Of course as soon as the Supremes struck down section 5 of the voting rights act, Gov Goodhair took all of 20 minutes to reinstate the same voting restrictions that he tried to put into place before the 2012 election.  The US Attorney General is looking into this.  Gov Goodhair's new "rules" for voting are designed to disenfranchise mostly black, brown, elderly and college students.  Those that often vote for Democrats.  I sure hope that AG Holder can stop this.  

      It wasn't all that long ago that Texas was blue.  In '90 we elected as Governor Ann Richards, a progressive Democrat.  Of course it didn't hurt any that her opponent, Claytie Williams made a really ignorant rape joke on the then obligatory dove hunt.  Press in tow of course.  Claytie was an idiot but he was ahead in the polls before that.  After that, Richards was 10 points ahead.  Unfortunately, when she ran again in '94, she was running against some guy named Bush.  Also known as Shrub.  But the Statehouse was still Democratic.  That didn't change till '02 when the ReTHUGliscum finally won both houses.  And with that, the redoing of the US Congressional districts.  They got gerrymandered all over hell and back.  There were lawsuits, 1st the Democrats in the House left TX so there wouldn't be a quorum, then after they came back the Democrats in the Senate left the state for the same reason.  The late, great Miss Molly Ivins reported all of this dust-up with great glee and much humor.  She's also the one that gave Perry the nickname of Gov Goodhair and Bush the nickname of Shrub.  Hey, when I steal, I steal from the best!  ;-}

      I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one

      by Arriba on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:35:17 PM PDT

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    •  Make Money Online..... (0+ / 0-)

      just before I looked at the paycheck saying $9209, I be certain that my friend woz like they say really bringing home money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there neighbor had bean doing this 4 only twenty two months and resently paid for the loans on there mini mansion and bought a new Aston Martin DB5. i was reading this....

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  •  Cruz Is A Snake Oil Salesman (6+ / 0-)

    He and Huckabee must be milking the tea baggers for every cent they have.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:38:23 AM PDT

    •  Cruz Oozes Snake Oil (0+ / 0-)

      then he sells it.

      We need to find a snake handler who can help with the de-fanging.  otoh, I like to think that once the nation starts hearing what Rafael has to sell, they'll find a safe cage for him.    

  •  Cruz should be the poster child for (2+ / 0-)
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    tuesdayschilde, buffie

    the reason why private school vouchers are a bad idea.  We can't stop private schools from giving out scholarships to avoid the end result of having more Ted Cruz's in the world, but we certainly shouldn't support them with tax dollars.  

    Don't get me wrong, he is obviously a smart person and a critical thinker, same with Michele Bachmann - both of them passed the bar exam.  But Cruz received his primary and high school education in a Christian school.  So we have to give those schools kudos for teaching him to be a smart and critical thinker but he obviously received no moral or ethical training in the so-called Christian schools.  And that is a big FAIL on the part of many Christian schools.  

    We are all in this together.

    by htowngenie on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 09:01:19 AM PDT

    •  To pass the bar exam, people have to be able (6+ / 0-)

      to memorize a lot of stuff and then regurgitate it when asked. Processing the information is something else.
      Since legal opinions are lucidly written, people sound lucid when they just repeat them. That doesn't mean they understand what they are saying. Which likely accounts for why so much poor legislation comes out of the halls of Congress. They figure the "judges will fix it" and then get upset with what they perceive as activist judges.

    •  Michele Bachmann is not a smart person (3+ / 0-)
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      or a critical thinker.

      I don't give Christian schools kudos for anything.  They're a bane on the education system.

      •  Oh, they are smart, (1+ / 0-)
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        antooo

        wiley smart.  They take advantage of their ignorant supporters and reap monetary rewards.  It's sick, but smart.  I don't make the mistake of under estimating either one of them.  

        We are all in this together.

        by htowngenie on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 12:15:30 PM PDT

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        •  Smart or stupid, equally dangerous. (0+ / 0-)

          They are either 1)smart enough to know which paranoia-inducing phrases to repeat and which hot-button fake issues to push so that they impress their ignorant constituents. "He/She really sounds smart! That's who I'm voting for!"

          Or the are 2)just as incapable of complex thought as their consitutents, totally unqualified to hold public office except for so many who blindly vote for one of their own. "He/She is just as stupid as me! That's who I'm voting for!"

          I'd put Cruz in the first bunch, which I'd categorize as at least slightly worse, and Bachmann in the second. But the thing that make me lose the most sleep is the mere fact that we have enough stupid people in this country to elect either.

    •  That's sociopath smarts (0+ / 0-)

      W had it too

  •  If you believe in reincarnation (6+ / 0-)

    then look no further than Rafael Cruz and Joseph McCarthy.  They are one in the same and must be dealt with the same way, crushed and sent packing.

    •  Joseph McCarthy & karma (0+ / 0-)

      Joseph McCarthy died in 1957. Ted Cruz was born in 1970.

      I suspect that the thirteen missing years would be the ones in which McCarthy was reborn as a mouse, or possibly as an insect, to wedge in many, many, lifetimes.

      •  Karma (1+ / 0-)
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        True North

        I love it!  I really like the idea of McCarthy having to come back as a mouse and lots of insects.  I'd bet that fire ants were among the insects that he had to live as.  Karma will always bite you in the ass.  Either in your present lifetime or another few down the road.  ;-}

        I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one

        by Arriba on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:38:42 PM PDT

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  •  R-FL? (9+ / 0-)

    Dontcha mean R-TX?

    1. Books are for use.

    by looty on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 09:11:27 AM PDT

  •  While a lot of us wish he was from somewhere (9+ / 0-)

    else, Calgary Cruz is presently a Senator from Texas: Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-FL TX), not Floriduh.

    Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-FL)

    We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

    by Bluefin on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 09:24:29 AM PDT

  •  all that makes me wonder (0+ / 0-)

    what the train-wreck aspect was and how it was addressed to allay Baucus's concerns.

    •  Foot in Mouth disease. (0+ / 0-)

      The quote was taken out of context and the use of the term "train wreck" was hyperbolic.  I'm sure he regretted it the moment he saw it being looped over and over again on Fox News.  I don't think anyone had to school him on the benefits   of ACA; he's always known what good will come from it.  

      Now, they may have told him that in any sport, even when you think your team is gonna get creamed, you don't admit that to the sports reporter.  It demoralizes the team and enrages the fans.  

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 12:26:47 PM PDT

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      •  Sen Cruz (2+ / 0-)
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        htowngenie, True North

        I agree that Sen Cruz has a serious case in foot-in-mouth disease.  He's also, IMO, batshit crazy.  But he got elected anyway.  Of course if he gets elected again in 2018 is anybody's guess.  But by that time Texas may have turned blue enough to oust him.  Hell, for all we know, Wendy Davis might even be Governor by then.  An perhaps some of the idiots in the TX Statehouse might get tossed out as well.  I have high hopes for Texas.  But it's not going to be fast.  But as far as I'm concerned, the faster that TX turns blue again the better!

        I'll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one

        by Arriba on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:47:00 PM PDT

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  •  Ted Cruz a liar?! (3+ / 0-)
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    mayim, Matt Z, Arriba

    The deuce, you say!

    In other news, apparently the sky is blue.  ;)

    (More seriously: they've been running this bullsh*t heavily on CNN lately.  On a recent visit to my parents, I was proud to see that they've taken to reflexively "mute"ing this ad whenever it's infecting their screen...)

  •  Cruz has a sensory deficit. He can't tell time. (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Arriba

    Since he can't tell time, he gets the sequence of events all wrong. What comes out is the equivalent of what you get when elderly people suffering from dementia confabulate.

    The Baucus reference is telling. Baucus did say what is claimed, but that he said something else later and changed his mind doesn't register with a person whose sense of time is deficient. Cruz' staff just have to make the best of it. It's like dealing with an elderly uncle who can't keep his stories straight.

    It's my personal opinion that these sensory deficits are more prevalent than we know and they only become more apparent as people age and others have to tend to their needs. Then it becomes obvious that they don't know what they are talking about. But, they are all talkers. That's for sure.

    •  Not really..... (1+ / 0-)
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      CyberLady1

      Cruz lies on purpose.
      I have a feeling you could explain why the Baucus quote was wrong, talk to him til you were sure you made it perfectly clear.  And he would turn around and without batting an eye, say the same damn thing again.
      He really is another Joe McCarthy.

      Never regret something that made you smile

      by Texnance on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 05:42:44 PM PDT

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      •  Being a great debater does not require ... (0+ / 0-)

        honesty. You can lie through your teeth, but you have to sound and look like you are telling the truth. Cruz has that gift curse.


        I seem more relaxed lately. I've returned to writing in cursive.

        by glb3 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:00:21 PM PDT

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      •  He prevaricates. Whether it is on purpose is (0+ / 0-)

        not clear. He repeats himself. Being able to repeat oneself and make it sound fresh is a useful trait in a politician. It makes him sound sincere. But, it may just be a practiced habit, something that comes naturally. His handlers give him his marching orders and he delivers.
        He's like Willard.
        As I said during the campaign, we should probably worry less about robots acting like people than about people who behave like machines.
        Cruz prevaricates and he confabulates, mixing up truth and fiction. It's not entirely random because information is stored in the brain thematically. When senile dementia gets really bad, speech becomes totally random.
        Yes, Cruz speaks untruths and, being a politician, he speaks on purpose. That's his job. But both are not necessarily intentional in the sense of a conscious effort to deceive. How can one tell? By the fact that some of what he says is actually contrary to his own interests. What he says does not promote his own interests. The public's mistake is in thinking that because it doesn't serve his interests, he must be sincere and telling the truth. We do that because we assume that people lie to protect their interests. So, when they hurt themselves we conclude they are telling the truth. In fact, they may just not know the facts.
        Can a clueless person lie? I don't think so. He can tell an untruth, but he can't consciously deceive. Mostly because there is no consciousness there. That's what being clueless means.

  •  GOP-ROM (0+ / 0-)

    You all know what a CD-ROM is.  It's a cheap piece of plastic with a set of data on it that can only be read by a computer.  An outdated CD-ROM is simply thrown away and replaced by one with new, up-to-date data on it.
    A GOP-ROM is a Republican that holds onto an old, outdated, superceded set of assertions in spite of new, up-to-date information.    

  •  But, but, Ted Cruz is such a credible Senator... (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, buffie

    But then again so was Joseph McCarthy until his lies and half truths finally caught up with him. "Senator Cruz, have you no shame?"

  •  Shocker?o. Expected from him? Yes. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Presidential campaign ??? (0+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't he have to start with an Amend-the-Constitution campaign?   To get rid of that "natural born citizen" thing?  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 05:02:35 PM PDT

    •  He could try the McCain gambit (1+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp

      Congress passed a resolution saying that John McCain was eligible to serve as president. It spared him a trip to the courthouse--the Supreme one, probably--and the accompanying confusion and embarrassment.

      Anyone who thought he wasn't eligible would have faced an uphill battle, had he won.

      The problem is that Ted Cruz might get half-a-resolution with the current House, but maybe nothing from the Senate.

      •  In McCain's case (0+ / 0-)

        presumably considerable precedent exists with respect to the US citizenship of children born in US territory to US citizens.   For flat-out Canadian, hard to see.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:39:52 PM PDT

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  •  I routinely mute that damned ad (1+ / 0-)
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    buffie

    Cruz is the poster child for lies and hate. His Bro Mike Lee is a close 2nd.

  •  “huge train wreck” = Carnival Cruz (1+ / 0-)
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    buffie

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 05:23:17 PM PDT

  •  What really drives me crazy is the number of (0+ / 0-)

    times this ad appears on MSNBC and CNN, especially during early evening shows.  Are these channels really that desperate for revenue that they've got to air these ads?

    It just doesn't make sense that they would allow such propaganda to air unchallenged.

  •  Cruz is R-TX not R-FL (0+ / 0-)

    It's is sad commentary he and Corny-n are my senators... :(  

  •  he's not really lying (1+ / 0-)
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    Blood

    cruz is essentially a talk radio politician and has 1200 radio stations at his back. that alternate reality is made credible through coordinated unchallenged repetition.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 06:07:49 PM PDT

  •  "R (FL)" ???? (1+ / 0-)
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    tom 47

    When I read the article, I was going to mention your mistake about "FL" but then realized it means Fucking Liar.

    Never mind.

  •  Doesn't matter (0+ / 0-)

    Cruz doesn't give a shit about Obamacare one way or the other. He's running for President and this simply keeps his name in the news. That's all he's after; it would be another issue if there were one he could be against as long as it was equally Obamaphobic. That's Cruz's stock in trade. He's a complete package of asshole-in-a-box with neatly squared corners.

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 07:44:13 PM PDT

  •  I'd be happy to export him to Florida (0+ / 0-)

    The diary calls him "Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-FL)".  
    Even better would be to send him back to Canada, where they probably would know not to elect him to anything.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:32:55 PM PDT

  •  same ad, different face (1+ / 0-)
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    smileycreek

    We are seeing almost the same ad in California, except the spokesman is Utah senator Mike Lee.

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