Sen. Cruz: Obama Exploiting Newtown Tragedy

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 20 2013 4:39 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama Began Exploiting Newtown Tragedy “Within Minutes”

150946525
Sen. Ted Cruz insisted Sunday that the so-called gun show loophole "doesn't exist"

Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, went on NBC Sunday and accused those who support gun control of “hypocrisy.” When he was asked about the controversial new NRA ad that references President Obama’s daughters, Cruz refused to criticize the pro-gun group. "Look, I'm going to let people decide to run what ads they want,” said Cruz. He added that “there is a point of hypocrisy when it comes to gun control” because many of the people who advocate for gun control are “very wealthy, live in communities where they can outsource police protection.”

When NBC’s David Gregory asked whether the ad was constructive to the debate in the country, Cruz fired back: "What I don't think is constructive is what the president is doing right now, which is within minutes of that horrible tragedy in Newtown the president began trying to exploit that tragedy to push a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans," he said.

Advertisement

Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on CNN he doesn’t expect Congress to pass bills that would expand background checks and ban high capacity magazines. "I don't think that [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid even brings it to the Senate floor because he has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42% of the votes," Barrasso said. But Sen. Chuck Schumer, the number three Democrat in the Senate, insisted a bill on background checks was imminent. "I think you're going to see a very good likelihood in the next week or two a proposal that has broad support for universal background checks.”

For his part, White House senior adviser David Plouffe insisted on ABC News that a deal on gun control is possible although it will be politically difficult.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Politics

Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Behold
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
  Business
Business Insider
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PM How One Entrepreneur Is Transforming Blood Testing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 11:59 AM Ask a Homo: A Lesbian PDA FAQ
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM “I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 12:26 PM Where Do I Start With Leonard Cohen?
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM Watch a Crowd Go Wild When Steve Jobs Moves a Laptop in This 1999 Demonstration of WiFi
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.