Ted Cruz Spends First Day in the Senate Making News and Making Waves

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has barely taken his oath of office as a United States Senator and he is already making news. He has a Washington Post op-ed in which he reiterates his "opportunity conservatism" approach to governance.

The first bill he will file will be to repeal Obamacare. This and a combative stance on guns and fiscal policy have gotten the notice of the media.

Opportunity conservatism

Cruz has published an op-ed in the Washington Post in which he lays out his concept of "opportunity conservatism." It starts with his evaluation of the 2012 election that saw his ascent to the Senate but also Barack Obama's re-election as president. He suggests that while Obama's economic policies have been a failure, Obama still won by blaming the bad economy on former President George W. Bush. He suggests his opportunity conservatism strategy, articulating a series of policies that will ease the ascent of Americans up the economic ladder. Do that, he says, and Republicans will win.

Repeal Obamacare, hold fast on guns and spending

Cruz used the occasion of his swearing in, according to the Dallas Morning News, to reiterate a conservative stance against profligate spending, gun control, and Obamacare. He admonished his fellow Republicans for voting for the fiscal cliff bill and vowed to hold the line on spending. He also stated that he would oppose Sen. Dianne Feinstein's efforts to enact gun control legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre. He views efforts to restrict guns as a violation of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Finally, the first bill he will file will be one to repeal "every syllable of every word" of Obamacare. He did express realism that the bill will likely not pass in a Democratic Senate with Obama still president, but Cruz pledged to oppose the implementation of the health care reform law as much as possible.

Cruz admonished by CNN

On the occasion of his swearing in as a senator, Cruz had a sharp exchange with CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer, according to Newsbusters. When Cruz reiterated his opposition to the fiscal cliff deal, Blitzer admonished the newly minted senator by telling him, "You've got to deal with reality. You can't just be -- you can't just be overly idealistic on those issues," Blitzer told him, going on to inform him of the need for compromise and accommodation in an era of divided government. Cruz responded by suggesting that the president had campaigned on spending cuts and that the fiscal cliff deal, which had few spending cuts, proved that it was Obama and not he who was being intransigent.

Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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