Senator Ted Cruz Says Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Told a ‘Flat-Out Lie’ [VIDEO]
Friday morning, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R) made a near-20 minute address on the floor of the Senate in which he accused Senator Mitch McConnell of telling a 'flat-out lie'.
Cruz recalled a recent conversation with McConnell in which McConnell said there was no deal to be made concerning the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). Cruz then said he went and talked to his staff about his conversation with McConnell. "I went back to my office, and I sat, and had a long discussion with my staff," Cruz said. "My staff told me that afternoon 'he's lying to you'. My staff said, 'We've been around the Senate a long time he's not telling you the truth'."
Cruz then recalled how in May, he cast a vote in favor of Trade Promotion Authority because, "I'm in favor of free trade."
Cruz then said, “I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie,” speaking about McConnell. Cruz said he had promised him there was no deal to bring Ex-Im up for a vote.
Then, continuing his speech, Cruz rebuked the record of the Republican Senate during this session of Congress.
“We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congresses now for about six months," Cruz said. "What has that majority done? First thing we did, in December, we passed a $1 trillion crominbus plan filled with pork and corporate welfare. Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare, voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. And then the leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general.”
After Cruz's speech, he met reporters outside of Senate chambers. When asked for proof of McConnell's 'lie', Politico reports that Cruz had staffers get photos from his office of Senators Lindsey Graham and Maria Cantwell talking with McConnell on the Senate floor during the vote on Trade Promotion Authority.
Politico also received this quote from Cruz, "If the majority leader is willing to lie to 54 Republicans to their face, when is he willing to do so again?” he said.
Cruz discussed his speech on Friday's edition of the Rush Limbaugh Program. You can read the full transcript by clicking this link.
Senator Cruz is one of 16 Republicans currently running for the 2016 Presidential Nomination.