Cruz: “I Am One Of The Most Libertarian Members Of The Senate”

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called for keeping of the government out of the bedrooms of consenting adults in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. 

Following recent controversy surrounding an explicit video being ‘liked’ by Cruz’s official Twitter account, CNN’s Dana Bash asked the Senator whether he thought that it was ironic, given that he had defended a ban on the sale of sex toys in Texas as the state’s Solicitor General.

Cruz responded by downplaying it, accusing the mainstream media of running stories that are “totally false”. He went on to explain that he was merely doing his job as Solicitor General by defending the laws of the state of Texas, even though he personally regarded the law as a “stupid law”.

“I am one of the most libertarian members of the Senate,” Cruz continued. “I think it’s idiotic.”

Asked by Bash to confirm his stance on the law, Cruz replied: “I am saying that consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms.”

“The media and the left seem obsessed with sex – let people do what they want!” Cruz exclaimed.

Although Ted Cruz generally focused on targeting Tea Party and Evangelical voters during his unsuccessful 2016 presidential run, he also sought to include libertarians within his conservative coalition, receiving the endorsement of leading libertarian U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, and participating in a 40 minute interview with the Liberty Conservative. He has in the past sought to emphasize his common ground with libertarians on fiscal policy, indefinite detention, and regime change, and has also expressed a knowledge of libertarian literature, including works by Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and Murray Rothbard.

  • lol

    • Is he not? Not many people that lean libertarian in the Senate, so I think it’s a pretty fair comment. Sure, he’s more conservative than your average libertarian, but when compared to the Senate, he’s one of the most libertarian.

    • Care to make an argument against my logic? Or is a “haha” reaction the best you can muster up?

    • Ryan Becker lol look at this fucking guy ^^^^^^

  • Hahahahaha!

  • What a joke. You Cruz, you lose.

  • Not only that he’s the lying his lips are. Moving

  • Next to Rand Paul. He is not wrong.

    • Don’t worry. Austin Petersen (who likes both Cruz and Paul) will dethrone McCaskill in Missouri. That would make it 3 most liberty minded republicans.

    • Don’t worry. Austin Petersen (who likes both Cruz and Paul) will dethrone McCaskill in Missouri. That would make it 3 most liberty minded republicans.

    • AP is a LINO – he does nothing but spout platitudes. I’d be amazed if he is as libertarian as Massey in practice

  • He’s not wrong. I supported him during his 2016 campaign, but once the GOP chose Trump, I moved on to the LP.

    • Trump is no Libertarian by any means, but I think if we are going to have Libertarian/Conservative policies implemented much more easily, he would be the reason for that.

    • you and me both

      even tho it seems trump is more libertarianish than bill weld…..

  • Looks like there are a lot of commenters here that don’t understand the concept of relativity.

  • If you have to say it / proclaim it, you’re not it.

    • That is possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

    • Ryan Becker your actions say what you are, and where you stand. Not your words & self-aggrandizing statements.

    • So if you answer a question, or tell anyone anything about yourself, you are no longer those things, because you had to say them. Think about how dumb your comment is, really. I mean, I understand the notion, but the words make no sense, especially for a politician who is constantly asked questions and has to say what he is, etc.

  • I would say he’s in the top 20% but with that said I wouldn’t really consider him libertarian either

    • he’s libertarian fiscally

      minus war spending

      and pretty conservative on the social side… but doesn’t think the fed should control most of those things

    • I think that’s a fair analysis

    • he’s a good dude and I’m glad he’s my senator

      i just wish we could get rid of dudes like John Wayne McCornyn…”campaign conservatives” who get to Washington and only vote yes on things that cost money

    • I have a few bones to pick with him and I don’t agree with him on quite a few issues but with that said had he won the primaries I probably would have voted for him instead of Gary Johnson.

    • he was my guy during the primaries .. how he was treated by Trump and the so called conservatives that voted for him were part of what pushed me more toward being a libertarian over the past 2 years

    • I feel the same way

  • No you are not

  • I understand a lot of people want to immediately reject a Christian, but those who are fiscally conservative and (at least partially) socially liberal should not be outright rejected by libertarians. In search of purity, the Bernies of the world may rise again.

    • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal is libertarian in a sentence..

    • Yah, I split it to say that if we demand purity, the authoritarians will win.

    • Yep. These purist libertarians (who often also tend to actually be anarchists, ironically) just make it a big game of “who’s more libertarian than who”. It doesn’t matter if he’s on the scale of “libertarian”. Unless he’s full-blown DESTROY ALL GOVERNMENT anarchist libertarian, they don’t think it’s even fair for him to say he “one of the most libertarian in the senate”. It’s such a vague comment, and it’s absolutely true… it’s not like there are dozens of hardcore libertarians in the senate, and thus Ted is absolutely one of the most libertarian, because nearly all the rest are hard left and hard right. heh Some people are just too dumb to understand subtleties like relativity.

    • Cruz meant to say neocon.. or maybe that’s the wrong word..

    • I think the “at least partially” socially liberal part is a problem. To be a libertarian you have to accept that you can’t control the social lives of others. Partially does not equate fiscal conservatism OR a socially free thought of libertarianism in my opinion

    • Derek Cordova He didn’t say he is a libertarian… he said he is one of the most libertarian… that means he leans more libertarian than most of the others, which is absolutely true. Why do people not understand relativity!?

    • So, what is the bar for acceptable? Can a person have any priorities? Is that’s not my thing, but have fun doing as you wish, not libertarian enough? Is Rand acceptable? A. Peterson? Mike Lee? These are those who need support. If the freedom movement demands purity and spits vitriol against those who are allies of another flag, what victory can be expected.

    • Harry McGuire Jr he’s the worst kind of neo-con, a dominionist christian that ideologically matches the islamic jihadist. they both believe the inevitability of looming apocalypse and embrace it.

      not a good combination.

    • Ryan Becker, where is the disconnect to relativity? cruz is as libertarian as marco rubio or any of the other hangers on from the usurped teaparty movement. the real heart of the teaparty were ron paul bots like me! we saw the invasion of the neo-cons and the anarchist left slowly walk the teaparty away from it’s openly libertarian leader ron paul.

    • This convo tells me the current president is as libertarian as we can ever expect, because the bar is so high that Rand is likely unacceptable.

    • Cruz is a libertarian in the sense that libertarians “claim” that they are constitutionalist – they don’t use the word but they describe it well. Cruz is a constitutionalist without any doubt.

    • As a Christian, I don’t reject Ted Cruz because he’s Christian. I reject him because he’s the zodiac killer.

    • Most Americans don’t know what socialism is. If they did they would have no parts of it ! Keep hiding the truth from them and you might for a short time get away with it.

  • He’s probably right unfortunately.

    • You get it. It’s a matter of relativity, and when you compare him to most other Senators, who are extreme left or right, this comment absolutely holds up.

  • Cruz is establishment. That’s who gives him money.

    • Lol. No

    • And therefore that doesn’t make him more libertarian than the extreme leftists and rightists in the Senate? Do you understand relativity?

  • No hes not

    • Who are all the Senate members that are more libertarian than him, thus making it unreasonable for him to say he’s “one of” the most libertarian?

    • I’d say for him to not be allowed to say that, there’d need to be, say, 5 people more libertarian than him. Name them. GO!

    • Nothing? Can’t even name one at least?

  • Hey, at least someone is trying to court libertarians…

  • Cassandra Shadle

  • I mean, he actually is. That’s how bad our Senate is

  • him and Paul both

    though Cruz’s feels on the wars kinda got me iffy…

  • That’s funny. Especially from a guy who said there’s no right to masturbate

    • And therefore everyone else is more libertarian than him, eh? Also, are you really going to quote something that VANITY FAIR started? LMAO He said you don’t have any sort of legal due process that gives you a right to masturbate, which legally speaking is true. Doesn’t mean he was saying masturbation should be banned. Man, people have no critical thinking skills these days.

    • No. I didn’t say that, genius. Good job trying to put words in my mouth.

      Pro tip: no one in Congress is libertarian.

    • He didn’t say he’s a libertarian…. he said he’s one of the most libertarian. That means he leans more libertarian than most of the others, which is true. Do you understand relativity?

    • Ryan Becker holy shit, I’ve never seen anyone jack off so hard to a regular ass neocon. Get a fucking hobby bozo

      Shane G Trejo John Trent

    • Well since libertarian is code for progressive I kinda agree with this guy.

    • Not really when he violates the NAP on the reg

  • not saying much?

  • He always has been with the exception of the America last foreign policies.

    • Which is the single most important factor, since war is the health of the state.

    • It isn’t about war. You achieve peace through strength and most libertarians don’t understand that.

  • Meaning (reading between the lines here) “when you find out that I Ted Cruz was the one who was looking at porn and not a staffer, don’t hate me, I’m a libertarian.”

  • He is. He’s a libertarian who uses his brain.

    • He’s somewhat traditional conservative – he has almost no libertarian values.

    • No. He’s a conservative, not a libertarian.

    • He’s definitely not a social libertarian because socially libertarians are just progressive Democrats.

  • Yeah … So Libertarian he voted to table Rand Paul’s DoD Bill Amendment to sunset the 16-yo AUMF. Lyin’ Ted lives on.

    • He didn’t say he’s a libertarian…. he said he’s one of the most libertarian. That means he leans more libertarian than most of the others, which is true. Do you understand relativity?

    • Yes. Just not true conservatives’ fascination and undying love for Ted Cruz.

    • Ryan Becker what an insanely dumb defense.

  • That may be true, looking at the Senate as a whole. However, it’s not a very high bar. The best is Rand, everyone else takes a second seat.

  • Mike lee is far more consistent than Cruz… but Rand is at the top.

  • I’d tend to agree personally. Especially since the bar is set so low.

  • tz1

    What does he have to Heidi? GS connections?

  • Well Im kinda glad people want to publicly say Im the most libertarian like its an advertisement. That means were becoming an important voting bloc

  • Just TODAY he voted against rescinding the forever war and putting war back in the hands of congress.

    • Yeah, but he likes porn0

    • Julie Eva pr0n, JB. pr0n

    • Declaration of war is a power of the congress.

    • Joe Second shhhhh they want to be angry at Cruz, so don’t ruin it…

    • Joe Second it sure is, unless congress once again votes for a “law” that allows the executive The to start war whenever and wherever, as the AUMF did and does

    • The president can send in the Military when he see fit without approval and it is and should be Congress that votes on war for a longer time.

  • Ah bull–shit! (emphasis on the sneeze)

  • Until it’s time to vote for Liberty !

  • ¡Bahahahahahahahaha

  • Laughable

  • As a libertarian, I really used to admire Cruz. Even supported him in his presidential election bid. But after this vote to continue a pointless war, I cannot support him any longer. At this point, he’s about as libertarian as Bush.

    • He used to rant about, and once voted for (this same amendment) the idea back when Obama was President. There is a Cruz quote floating around about how the power to make war belongs to Congress not the President.

    • He lost me when he skipped the Audit the Fed vote last year

    • He lost me when he promised Rand Paul to back him in his presidential bid if Rand would endorse him for the senate. Then, surprise he ran for president. He’s a snake of epic proportions and have the Bible thumpers snowed. Makes me vomit…

  • I thought h t he clai mmm ed to be Conservative.

  • “…one of …” Well he’s not wrong.

  • Unfortunately he’s right because the Senate is such a terrible institution. Next to Rand Paul and Mike Lee, he is the most libertarian senator.

  • He’s the purest conservative, but he’s not very libertarian at all.

  • What a liar

  • Then proceded to vote unconstitutional war authority to executive branch.

    • MV

      I am wondering what was un-Constitutional. Care to specify? Seems to me that the President went to Congress and requested authorization to prosecute a war by using military force against ‘extra-state’ actors (terrorists) who might be in a variety of countries, etc.

  • A very, very moderate libertarian.

    • Nope. His positions on US empire and drug legalization suck. How many actual libertarians can you point out that oppose legalization? None in my book.

  • He’s so Libertarian that he wanted to ban sex toys. Give me a break.

    • MV

      Are you incapable of logic. The Texas Solicitor General is not supposed to decide which laws he will defend, and which laws he will sit on his hands and not defend. (OR – do you think any Solicitor General can be like Obama…and make personal decisions on which laws to support – or not…?)

  • People are saying this is laughable, but other than Paul, Massie, Amish and maybe one or two others he is kinda right.
    I’m not conceding this to Cruz because I’m a supporter, I’m doing it to put attention on the fact that Cruz is one of the most libertarian members in congress, which is very sad.

    • Note: I know Massie and Amash are not senators.

    • James Peinado

      Voted to table Rand Paul’s motion to debate sunsetting a pointless war, wants civil asset forfeiture money to pay for a wall, he’s more talk than he is substance. Take for example his 23 hour “filibuster” where he reads green eggs and ham, rather talking about more important issues he could be giving light to while the cameras are on him…..
      He’s a 7/10. in my book. I’d trade him for a Mike Lee anyday who’s a 9/10 in my book.

  • This libertarian slipped the audit the Fed vote and did not stand with Rand on the Senate floor to rescind the unconstitutional authorizations of 2001 and 2002

    • MV

      The AUMF authorizations …please specify how they were un-Constitutional….or is that the Randall interpretation of the Constitution?

  • Did he really say he was the most retardarian members of the Senate? Anyone have a link?

  • libertarians in Alaska are forced to vote for democrats

  • Prove it

  • I still think it’s funny that anyone actually thinks his votes on most issues are ‘libertarian.’ Simply because he says he is ‘libertarian’ or casts a few votes that are also supported by libertarians doesn’t make him philosophically or even technically one. The totality of his votes (and the cosmetic votes he made for legislation he knew would not pass and where his vote did not matter) are statist light at best. This latest vote is yet one more in a long line that fits perfectly into the worldview of one whose ‘liberty’ views will always take a back seat to the State’s need to control.

  • So far Rand holds that title.

  • He’s also Canadian.

    • MV

      AND – we have another idiot popping up. A little logic please…..If Cruz was a Canadian, then there would be paperwork showing when/how he became naturalized and became a US citizen. There is none, because none is needed, because his mother was an American citizen.

  • Hahahahahahahahahahaha no

  • Not even close.

  • He is such a hard core libertarian he voted to kill (table) Rand Pauls DoD bill Amendment to sunset the 16 year old AUMF. Also Loretta Lynch, usa freedom act, and every budget.

  • He looks like Helen Hunt.

  • cruz isa dumb ass, and a payed off prostitute

  • He will become anything he thinks will get him the votes he needs to stay in office.

  • bwahahahaha, sure you are, Senator Ted Cruz. Sure you are. So……still looking to make the sand glow?

  • No balls thats a copout!!

  • Ted:
    You keep using that word Libertarian. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

    You are an interventionalist
    You support the war on drugs
    You oppose same-sex marriage
    You support the Fed and quantitative easing
    Among other things

  • He is a hardcore fascist.

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