Cruz: Biden Won’t Negotiate With GOP On Debt Ceiling Because ‘His Mental Faculties Are Too Diminished’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Joe Biden this week for refusing to negotiate with Republican lawmakers amid a looming debt ceiling crisis, saying that Biden won’t engage because he is too far mentally gone.

“In 2011, when Republicans in the House stood strong on the debt ceiling, again, because Democrats had the majority of the Congress for two years had passed trillions and irresponsible spending, and Republicans stood strong and said, ‘We will not raise the debt ceiling without serious fiscal reform!’” Cruz said. “What happened? Then Vice President Joe Biden came and negotiated a deal, a deal called the Budget Control Act, that was designed to cut $2.3 trillion in spending. It was the most significant federal spending reform in modern times.”

“Vice President Biden sat down with House Republicans and reached a meaningful compromise. President Joe Biden needs to do the same thing,” Cruz continued. “And I’ll say, sadly, the reason he hasn’t so far, I believe, is because his mental faculties are too diminished right now, to do what he did in 2011, to sit down and actually work together on a solution to the problems. And what we’re left with is a bunch of young staffers in the White House — radical children— who are perfectly willing to risk a default on the debt, because they have no appreciation of the chaos and misery and damage a default would do.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Biden’s refusal to negotiate on the debt ceiling:

Joe Biden’s “mental faculties are too diminished right now to … actually work together on a solution to the problems. And what we’re left with is a bunch of young staffers in the White House—radical children—… pic.twitter.com/y1KDliyfWK

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SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): In 2011, when Republicans in the House stood strong on the debt ceiling, again, because Democrats had had majority of the Congress for two years had passed trillions and irresponsible spending, and Republicans stood strong and said, ‘We will not raise the debt ceiling without serious fiscal reform!’ What happened? Then Vice President Joe Biden came and negotiated a deal, a deal called the Budget Control Act, that was designed to cut $2.3 trillion in spending. It was the most significant federal spending reform in modern times. That happened because Barack Obama blinked. And Biden, Vice President Biden sat down with House Republicans and reached a meaningful compromise. President Joe Biden needs to do the same thing. And I’ll say, sadly, the reason he hasn’t so far, I believe, is because his mental faculties are too diminished right now, to do what he did in 2011, to sit down and actually work together on a solution to the problems. And what we’re left with is a bunch of young staffers in the White House — radical children— who are perfectly willing to risk a default on the debt, because they have no appreciation of the chaos and misery and damage a default would do. We should not default on our debt. But the present path we’re on is unsustainable. And Joe Biden needs to come to the table. And I will say. It is a major victory for America that the day before yesterday, Biden finally blinked and said, Okay, I’ll sit down and talk. That’s the first step. Now the second step is let’s solve the problem.

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