In a Telephone Town Hall Wednesday night sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots (www.teapartypatriots.org), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), and Tea Party fundraisers discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the Affordable Care Act -- and raised money for the Tea Party. Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-1), who was slated to speak, was a no-show.
Cruz characterized the shutdown as due to Democratic intransigence and characterized Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) as effectively saying, "Give me 100% of everything I want or I'll shut down the government." Cruz cited a Saturday Night Live skit as proof that Obamacare is flawed, and ended with a 9-item "call to action" including asking listeners to sign a "shut it down" petition, make videos "telling your Obamacare story," and call ten other people tonight to support House Republicans.
After speaking, Sen. Cruz took questions. James from Ft. Wayne, Indiana helpfully suggested Cruz "challenge Obama to a one-on-one debate on Obamacare, with no moderators and no TelePrompTers." In response, Cruz said Obama would not be willing to debate, but cited Teamsters head James Hoffa as stating that "Obamacare is destroying the healthcare of millions of Americans" and urged his listeners to make that case directly to others.
Cruz closed by affirming his belief that "liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified." Organizers then urged listeners to attend rallies on Oct. 12. Bridenstine and others also spoke, ad libbing on everything from the federal budget to supposed IRS mistreatment of conservatives, and reiterating calls to make donations, as they waited for Gohmert to join the call (to no avail)
The entire audio of the call can be heard here: