Speaking Saturday at the conservative National Review Institute summit, Cruz said, “Let me give three concrete bits of advice to conservatives in Washington, and in particular let me address this to our friends in the House of Representatives, who I think for the next two years are the last bastion standing between us and oblivion,” the freshman senator told a gathering of conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“The first thing I would urge to every Republican in the House of Representatives is stop reading the New York Times,” he said. “Cancel your subscription.”
“Listen, the media is going to tell you—I’ll sum it up, the next two years of headlines from the New York Times: ‘The Democrats Are Right,’ ‘Abandon Conservative Principles’ and ‘Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter,’” Cruz said. “Their answer—and it will be their prescription on every single fight—here is what conservatives and Republicans need to do: abandon your principles and become Democrats.”
The Tea Party favorite said the Republican majority in the House has “every bit as much mandate” as President Barack Obama does, since both were reelected in 2012, and Republicans should work in the short term to stop the agenda of the Democrats.
“Listen to that speech on the Inaugural Day,” Cruz said. “Whether it is coming after our guns, which, oh boy, they seem excited to do. Whether it is exploding spending and debt and taxes even more, whether it is cap and trade regulating our economy and raising the cost for every American, they are feeling emboldened right now.
“And if conservatives stand together, we can stop that; and stopping bad things that would harm this country, that would harm Americans, is a major victory for the next two years,” he said.
Cruz specifically urged Republicans to use the next short-term budget bill (continuing resolution) and the debt ceiling as leverage points. “If nothing passes, the result is not a default on the debt,” he said. “That’s scaremongering from the president.”
Refusal to extend the debt ceiling would result in a temporary partial government shut down, Cruz said. “And we’ve seen that movie before. In 1995, when Republicans stood together and the result was some political pain to be sure, but it was also year after year of balanced budgets and some of the most fiscally responsible policies from Congress we have seen in modern times.”
Cruz said the Republican Party should champion a message of growth and opportunity to win future elections.
Each year the National Review Institute (NRI) hosts the country’s leading conservatives at its annual summit in Washington, D.C. William F. Buckley Jr. founded NRI in 1991 as a public educational offshoot to his conservative magazine, National Review.
Cruz was among several politicians appearing at the summit this year, along with Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan, both Wisconsin Republicans, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.).