In the debate tonight, FoxNews moderator Megan Kelly tried to make it seem like Cruz's legal residency amendment was not a poison pill (an amendment designed to kill a bill so it would not pass).
However the timeline and this transcript from an interview with Ted Cruz on Rush Limbaugh on June 19, 2013 shows IT WAS A POISON PILL designed to kill the bill:
June 12, 2013 Ted Cruz offers amendment removing citizenship from the bill. Offering, instead, only legal status.
June 19, 2013 Ted Cruz in interview with Rush Limbaugh states:
"Chuck Schumer was very candid in the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said, "If there is no citizenship, there can be no reform."
In other words, Cruz knew Schumer would kill the bill if citizenship was removed.
June 27, 2013 The immigration bill passes the Senate including granting citizenship. The house under pressure from voters, many of whom probably found out about the bill from listening to Ted Cruz speaking on Rush, kill immigration reform.
The order of these dates is important.
- This transcript proves he knew Schumer would kill the bill if citizenship was removed and yet Cruz offered the amendment that would do just that. So Cruz knew his amendment would kill the bill.
- This timeline shows Cruz's explanation that he was trying to kill the bill is true. He did not just use the poison pill as excuse after the fact. It was his STRATEGY ALL THE TIME TO KILL THE BILL.
Yes, Cruz went out and said he really wanted the bill to pass, however, this is what you do when you offer a poison pill. You don't go out and say "I'm offering this amendment to kill this bill" No, you want the opposition to feel forced to accept the amendment so that it so offends the key supporters of the bill, in this case Chuck Schumer and the Democrats, that the opposition itself ends up voting to kill the bill.
Schumer and the Amnesty Republicans knew what Ted was trying to do and refused to take citizenship out of the bill. The bill passed 89-10. But was stopped in the house when voters pressured their congressmen to stop this amnesty bill.
So did Cruz mislead his fellow senators?
That's not the question. The question is: Did Ted Cruz stay loyal to the voters of Texas who elected him to stop amnesty? Did he keep his campaign promises to the voters of Texas?
Yes. Ted Cruz kept his campaign promise. He opposed amnesty and stood with the voters not the establishment.
Read the transcript from Rush Limbaugh's show and you will see exactly where Ted Cruz stood and that he kept his campaign promise. (I highlighted key portions)
TRANSCRIPT (JUNE 12, 2013):
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Is it 11 or is it -- do we really know how many it is?
CRUZ: We don't know. I mean, the estimates vary, 11 million, 12 million. We don't have an exact number, but it is three to four times bigger than what it was in 1986, and we're hearing the exact same empty promises. What the Gang of Eight bill does is it grants legalization now. It takes everyone who's here illegally and says, "You're legal," and then just like in 1986 it promises, "sometime in the future, trust us, wink-wink, we'll secure the border." I don't think the American people are that foolish. You know, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. If this bill is enacted, it will make the problem worse. If this bill is enacted, in another decade or two we're gonna be back here not with 11 million, but with 20 million or 30 million people here illegally. This is a broken system. I think what Americans want is fix the problem, stop playing political games, actually secure the border and make a legal immigration system that works.
RUSH: Senator, you've been, obviously, observing and commenting on political life in America for a long time. You've been in the Senate now for six months. Could you explain to me and people in this audience, why do the Democrats want this, and why do the Republicans who support this want it?
CRUZ: Well, the Democrats want this for pure politics. Chuck Schumer was very candid in the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said, "If there is no citizenship, there can be no reform." This is all about their endeavor. They want to grant amnesty, and they hope to get a lot more Democratic voters, or they want this to be voted down and use it as a political issue in 2014 and 2016.
On the Republican side, sadly, a lot of the support of it is political as well. You know, after 2012, all of the Washington political consultants and all the mainstream media came to Republicans and said, "You've got to do better with Hispanics, and the way to do better with Hispanics is to embrace amnesty." And, look, a lot of Republicans in Washington were scared. I gotta tell you, I think that political argument is complete nonsense. If you look at the last time we enacted amnesty in 1986, the next election was 1988, the Republican share of the Hispanic vote went down. It is not the case -- Hispanics are not the single-issue, monolithic voters.
My dad was an immigrant from Cuba with nothing. And many Hispanics believe in rule of law, and you've got a bunch of Republican longtime officeholders in Washington who are scared and listening to the consultants. Let me tell you an interesting poll number. In Texas, Rush, we polled Hispanic voters in Texas and asked them, "Number one, do you support more border security?" Sixty-eight percent of Hispanic voters in Texas support more border security. But the second question is even more revealing. Hispanic voters we asked, "Do you support a pathway to citizenship or work permits that do not allow citizenship?" And a plurality, 46% of Hispanic voters in Texas supported a work permit without citizenship and only 35% supported a pathway to citizenship. This is a crock that is being sold to Republican politicians that they can just buy off Hispanics, and frankly it's offensive, but it's being sold as pure politics.