Van Jones to Cruz: Should you apologize for leading party into ditch?

It was a prime-time match-up when former Obama administration czar Van Jones and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went at it on CNN’s “Crossfire” Thursday night over Obamacare.

Jones blamed Cruz’s “leadership” and fight against Obamacare for the Republican Party’s low approval ratings, according to The Blaze.

“Do you feel like you owe your party an apology?” Jones asked. “Listen, you have people who believed in you. They believed that you were somehow going to be able to defund Obamacare. They believed the strategy of shutdown might have a chance. They followed you into a ditch. And now, there’s obviously, there’s no chance Obamacare will be defunded, and we’re on the brink of a horrific default. Do you think that in the reflection of your own heart, you might say, ‘You know what? I’m a new kid here, I think I owe you an apology?’”

Cruz laughed at Jones’ assertion.

“Van, I know you desperately want to change the topic from Obamacare,” Cruz said. “Democrats in this town do not want to discuss Obamacare. Why? Because it isn’t working.”

While most of the media isn’t reporting it, Cruz noted that President Obama’s approval rating has sunk to 37 percent, adding that the “Democrats have the lowest support among the middle class they’ve had the 40 years of polling,” according to The Blaze.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said the idea Obamacare is a “failure” is the “product of right-wing histrionics.”

Cruz had an answer for that, too.

“I’m curious if you think it was right-wing histrionics when James Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters, said that Obamacare is destroying the health care of millions hardworking men and women in this county,” Cruz said.

Watch the exchange here via CNN:

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H/T: The Blaze

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • EliseR

    Ted Cruz may as well be an undercover Democratic. His nonsense is going to give the Dems back the House. Nice job, “Cruz I am.”

    • fatmababy105

      What are the Democrats doing for us ?

      • Antonio Sosa

        Democrats are helping the dictator enslave and destroy our country.

        • EliseR

          The fact that you are free say whatever idiotic thing you want about the President and the government is proof that you are NOT enslaved.

          • Rosalie

            For how long are we not enslaved?

          • Theresa Easley

            How free are we when we are being FORCED to get health insurance? That doesn’t sound like freedom to me.

          • EliseR

            Why should I be forced to pay for your healthcare when you get sick and have no insurance? Freedom includes abiding by the laws of your country. Laws that are legally passed and upheld by the Supreme Court. You don’t want insurance, don’t buy it. Pay the fine and die from whatever illness you get and don’t get treated.

          • Kevin Meyer

            You ARE still being forced to pay for others health care who don’t have any. Who do you think is paying the bill for this you fool? You are, whether you think so or not. Liberty is not following laws that were ramrodded without one member of the opposing party and wasn’t even read.

          • SeRiOuSLy!!??

            shows what a dumb ass you truly are!! as healthcare it was unconstitutional and against the law. the justice turned it into a tax to make it constitutional making it the largest tax ever placed on the American people. so its a constitutional TAX! it was unconstitutional originally because it was dictatorial for the president to force healthcare or levy fines on the people you liberal puke!!!!

          • Laura Hughes

            with Obama care you will in fact be paying for someone else’s insurance with your higher rates. I work in healthcare- I see it all the time already. If you can’t pay- they will find a way to absorb the cost by charging you more.

          • vsdgrandma

            People who decline coverage will be fined hefty amounts, if not paid…thier license will be revoked, if no license thier bank accounts will be attached…..if no bank account, they can be jailed…..and if they do go to a hospital for treatment….the hospital will be fined for treating them……that is absolute government control….then they will sue the hospital for not treating them and the liberals will scream bloody murder that the hospital would not treat the person…it is a cycle that will destroy both our economy and health care system and yes enslave citizens……plus even the CBO is saying over 30 million will still be uninsured…….sorry state of affairs…it is bad law, bad outcomes and one that over 65% of intelligent Americans do not want…..

          • EliseR

            There is nothing in the ACA that says your drivers license will be revoked. Nothing. It’s another myth that idiots believe.

          • Laura Hughes

            not true- in fact- the current govt. administration has targeted groups that speak out against them. Look to the current IRS scandal and phone taping incidents and you can still say that with a straight face.

          • Kathy Gers Willis

            Elise under this Communist regime, we will all soon be enslaved. Either you don’t have a clue as to what is really going on or you are a paid Obama troll.

          • jstanch

            But she can look forward to an audit.

        • Amzdesigner

          Well put Antonio.

    • Mark Tenne

      Ted Cruz (Elise) is trying to save this country from destroying itself ! He is trying to get our government back under control to the people it was always supposed to remain under control of THE US CITIZENS !! Government is way to big spending way way to much money (this didn’t start with the dems either) and funding way to many FAILED ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS !! This country is 17 Trillion (with a T) dollars in debt and we are fixating on demegoging one of the few senators that are actually trying to fix the problem for all of us ?? Yeah your right (ELISE)…Ted Cruz is the problem not the solution. Learn your history.

    • Lois L Oelfke

      Elise, think about this: Although the Govn’t shut is not easy for any of us to Stomach, The President’s reactions taken to “made the America suffer as much as possible” is showing his Character and causing folks to see just who he really is and in doing so may be causing those that have been blinded to wake up and help make so changes come the election.

    • Laura Hughes

      You have no idea what you are talking about- the republicans have come up with deal after deal to make this budget work- it is the democrats with their – all or nothing attitude that shut the govt down in the first place. Deals were in place to keep it open. democrats would not negotiate. Look to the facts- don’t speak without reading up first. I admire Cruz for being one of the very few- that is standing up for the middle class in this country and not bowing down to the would-be dictators.

  • Carol Lightfoot

    Another Smack Down by Senator Cruz. Thank you, Senator, for standing up for our Constitution. I’m still Cruzin with Ted. :)

    • EliseR

      Hahahahahahaha. It’s more like “Losin’ with Cruz.. The Tea Party LOST their fight to repeal the ACA.

      • Rosalie

        You must be living in the desert under a rock now to see what’s happening to our country.

        • EliseR

          I see exactly what is happening. The Tea Party and the Republicans are LOSING. They aren’t even talking about defunding the ACA anymore.

          • Rosalie

            Yes, you are living under a rock.

          • EliseR

            Oh, the George Washington school of slavery and only giving men the right to vote. That was such a great school.

          • Rosalie

            And now we’re enslaved by the Democrats and the RINOS.

          • EliseR

            Really? You are enslaved in that another person owns you and your family and you have no freedom to live where and how you want to? Do you even know what slavery was? Because that’s a really offensive comparison.

          • Rosalie

            I read about it just like you did. Let’s get back to the 21st century.

          • EliseR

            You are the one saying you are “enslaved” and that you are part of the “George Washington school” (whatever that is.) So explain how you think your life is like that of a slave in the 1700s. I could use a good laugh.

          • Dianne Johnson Proctor Leonard

            As long as black people remain dependent upon govt, they are enslaved! Sad thing is, they don’t even know it!

          • Kathy Gers Willis

            Amen Dianne! Thanks for speaking the truth sista!

          • Laura Hughes

            obviously neither do you- or you would be more concerned about what is going on in our country.

          • Laura Hughes

            you have no common sense and are fixated onstaying on the sinking ship. If the dems told you to walk off a cliff with a baby inyour arms- you would probably do so without thought. that how ridiculous you sound.

      • Mark Tenne

        Got to love these throw in the towel characters that live in this country like you.

  • BoogieMan

    Pick the color of your uniform. You’ll need a uniform one day. I’m too old to live to see it … BUT ….. it’s coming. Civil War OR lose the United States of America

    • Al Gagnon

      IT MAY BE MUCH , MUCH CLOSER THAN YOU THINK………………………………..

    • EliseR

      Yeah, look what happened to the southern “red states” in the last Civil War. LOSERS.

    • Amzdesigner

      Not Civil War, Boogie, the War between the Parties is more like it. I can just envision the Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other. Neighbor against neighbor fighting on the streets of our Neighborhoods. I choose the color Green for my uniform because Green signifies prosperity, something I believe will return to our Great Nation when the Democrats are finally gone from the White House. This rhetoric he keeps slinging around of “rebuilding the middle class” is a bunch of garbage, and nothing more than a smoke screen. It was not the “middle class” who re-elected him, but rather the Red States full of his “inner city” troops who went around and picked people up to take them to the polls to tip the scales in his favor. They all thought the “Government” was going to benefit them under this President, when in actuality the true “Middle Class” could foresee the writing on the wall that has come to pass. All I gotta say is “I told you so!”

    • Lois L Oelfke

      Please, vote out of office the progressives, previous known as the Socialist party. Progressives have High Jacked the Democratic party, except for the few Blue Dogs left that are not enough of them to stand up to the progressive president, Harry Reid, and Nancy Polosie;

  • Al Gagnon

    TED CRUZ IS A TRUE PATRIOT , ANYBODY SPEAKING AGAINST HIS PATRIOTISM IS AN ABYSMAL LIAR , TAKE THE ILLEGAL ALIEN MUSLIM MUTT USURPING MY WHITE HOUSE FOR EXAMPLE

    • EliseR

      Oh, I get it now. Typing in all caps and calling people names is what you do when you have no facts to support your position.

      • Lois L Oelfke

        Wake up and look around and see what is happening to middle class; That should be proof enough.

      • Laura Hughes

        there are more than enough facts- but you seem to be intent on ignoring them.

      • Kathy Gers Willis

        Actually Elise, you get very little.

  • Amzdesigner

    Ah yes, yet another day for Liberals to turn a blind eye to the truth, make up half truth stories and bury their heads in the dark place of Obama’s backside. Ho, Hum!

  • Rosalie

    Van Jones is a commie. He could ask Obama the same question. Unfortunately, he’s leading this country into the ditch.

  • Jim Quinn

    The James Hoffa Quote.

    President Barack Obama is temporarily in jeopardy of losing the support of his most trusted friends: the unions. James Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters Union, joined with Joseph Hansen, the International President of the UFCW, and D. Taylor, the President of UNITE-HERE, to write a scathing letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi denouncing Obama’s Affordable Care Act because it will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

  • porktheotherwhitemeat

    at least he stands by his principles

    • Lois L Oelfke

      You are correct but his direction is His Principles not what the principles that the American people want or expected of The President…….Did you know what he meant when he said, “fundimental Change”?

  • Lois L Oelfke

    Who would have ever believed that Chris Matthews would say, “Ted Cruz is Brilliant…..President’s met his match”

  • John Craig

    Hey Elise R, Obama hasn’t taken over yet, we are still free, for the moment, but by this time next year. The unemployment percentage will be 15% because the average worker who has to buy ACA, won’t be working anymore because they couldn’t afford to pay $5000 to $15000 dollars a year for health insurance. Tell me this same thing next year Oct. 11, 2014! That is of we still have freedom of speech!