Reckless Republican Senate Candidates Want Us to ‘Cruz’ Toward a Government Shutdown

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For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2013

Christina Freundlich

Reckless Republican Senate Candidates Want Us to ‘Cruz’ Toward a Government Shutdown

Would rather force their far-right ideology than do what is right for Iowans

Des Moines – After his 21 hour publicity stunt, all Senator Ted Cruz has accomplished is move our country 21 hours closer to shutting down the Federal Government and enacting deep cuts that will hurt working families and stop our country’s economic recovery.

While most Americans agree that shutting down the government is both foolish and reckless, there are at least five Iowans who want to go full steam ahead towards shutdown, and they all happen to be running for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.  Declared candidates Sam Clovis, David Young, Joni Ernst, Matt Whitaker, and Mark Jacobs, as well as prospective candidate Bob Vander Plaats, stand lock-step with Cruz in wanting to shut our Government down.

“If it wasn’t so scary for our country, it would almost be comical to watch the Republican Senate candidates try to jump on the Ted Cruz Shutdown Bandwagon,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan.  “These reckless Republicans want us to ‘Cruz’ toward a government shutdown that would no-doubt damage our economy, take away much needed benefits for our veterans, and threaten the safety of our communities.  It is clear from his actions that Ted Cruz cares more about his image than the well-being of our country, and Iowa Republicans want to send one more lemming to follow him in Washington.”

Below are statements made by Republican Senate Hopefuls regarding the government shut down:

Matt Whitaker @MattWhitaker46
Big shout out to @tedcruz for the courage to fight against the disaster of Obamacare. Keep it on #CruzControl and #MakeDClisten

Bob Vander Plaats @bobvanderplaats
Citizenship requires us to stand up to out of control Washington #MakeDCListen @ StandWithCruz

Sam Clovis @Clovis2014
The House did their job, now it is up to the Senate. I’ll work to support @SenTedCruz ‘s mission to #DefundObamacare.#StandWithCruz #IASEN

Mark Jacobs @MarkJacobsIowa
Are you ready to repeal ObamaCare?

Joni Ernst (via Ted Cruz’
“I, Joni Ernst, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Iowa, and to the American people, that I will: ONE, support the full repeal of Obamacare (also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act); and TWO, oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”

David Young
“I want to defund Obamacare, repeal it, replace it, delay it, whatever it takes to stop this monstrosity.” [Polk County GOP Picnic, Des Moines, IA, 9/7/13]

If these candidates want to be taken seriously, they should stop themselves before they start down this reckless and irresponsible Cruz to a shutdown.



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