Sen. Cruz: Without Barrett, We Are ‘One Vote Away’ From Losing Our Liberties

Lucy Collins | October 12, 2020 | 5:04pm EDT
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Supreme Court-nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Supreme Court-nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

(CNS News) -- During a virtual press event following day one of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Americans to “take encouragement” from Barrett because right now “we’re one vote away from losing our religious liberty,” “just one vote away from losing our Free Speech rights,” and one vote away from letting the Court “erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights.”

“Number one, I thought Judge Barrett did a fabulous job for the opening statement,” said Sen. Cruz during the live-streamed ZOOM event.  “It was real, it was personal, it was powerful, and it left them gasping for something to say this morning.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (Getty Images)

Cruz noted how the Democrats all modeled their opening statements around the question of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and avoided criticisms of Barrett or her record.

“Today, there was one talking point it was clear every Democratic had gotten, which is to talk about Obamacare and pre-existing conditions, to make a policy argument about pre-existing conditions because their top agenda item, should Joe Biden win, is socialized health care,” said the senator.

“I have to say, on the merits of what they argued about health care policy, it was profoundly one-sided,” he said. “You didn't see a single Democrat acknowledge how premiums skyrocketed. You didn't see a single Democrat acknowledge that millions of Americans can't afford Healthcare, you didn’t see a single Democrat acknowledge that under Obamacare waiting times have increased, delays have increased, that actually getting care has become far more difficult for a great many Americans.”

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Yet Cruz told listeners to “take encouragement” with Barrett’s nomination.

“The reason I say we should take encouragement is if you look at the big issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, the issues on which the court is hanging in the balance, on which we’re one vote away from losing our liberties,” Cruz said.

Cruz then listed the various liberties he claims are currently in jeopardy and how Democratic Senators pretended not to acknowledge their side's radical positions because they know they are unpopular to the voters.  

“Religious liberty, not a one of the Democrats defended the radical left-wing position that they should take away our religious liberty, that they should persecute people of faith,” said Cruz.  “Indeed, the Democrats seem to be running away from that extreme position despite it being one of their top priorities for their nominees,” he added.

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Cruz continued: “The First Amendment. None of the Democrats defended the proposition that a judicial nominee should strip the First Amendment rights of American citizens should it restrict our ability to engage in political discourse, but we are again just one vote away from losing our Free Speech rights. And the Democrats realize their position on that issue, the voters don't want to take away free speech; the voters don’t want justices who will take away religious liberty.”

“Even on the Second Amendment, the only mention that I recall of the Second Amendment at all was Connecticut Senator Blumenthal [D] who talked about ‘reasonable gun restrictions',’ which was his euphemism there,” said Cruz.

“That is, of course, not the position of the hard left on the court or in politics, rather the dissenters in Heller vs. District of Columbia: the landmark 5-4 decision that upheld the individual right to keep and bear arms, was that no American has any individual right to keep and bear arms whatsoever,” said Cruz.

Supreme court-nominee before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Oct. 12, 2020. (Getty Images)
Supreme court-nominee before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Oct. 12, 2020. (Getty Images)

“Four justices voted for that radical proposition that would erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights, not a single Democratic senator defended that extreme and radical position,” he added.

“On the question of life there was some mention of Roe vs. Wade, but not a one of the Democrats defended the radical proposition -- which is where there have been four votes -- that every restriction on abortion across the country should be struck down by the Supreme Court, that restrictions on partial-birth abortion are unconstitutional, that restriction of providing for parental notification or parental consent are unconstitutional,” said the Senator.

“It was striking today that virtually all of the Democrats’ extreme left-wing Supreme Court agenda, they ran away from and hid,” said Cruz.  “That should give us great comfort, that should give us comfort that they know the American people don't want to see left-wing radicals on the court.”

He continued, “I think today was a very good day for Judge Barrett. The Democrats had no meaningful or substitute criticisms of her or her record, and what little they did say was nothing but a political attack ad aimed at the president.”

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“I think the end of this is going to be a very successful hearing and Judge Barrett very soon is going to be confirmed as Justice Barrett,” Cruz concluded.

The virtual press conference was hosted by Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson. Other speakers included Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Carrie Severino with the Judicial Crisis Network, and Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots.

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