Ted Cruz warns the election ‘might be a massacre of Watergate proportions’ for GOP

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks throughout a information convention following the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned that Republicans might see “a massacre of Watergate proportions” if voters are offended and broke when casting their ballots this 12 months. 

“If individuals are going again to work, in the event that they’re optimistic, in the event that they’re optimistic concerning the future, we might see a incredible election: the president getting reelected with a giant margin, Republicans successful each Homes of Congress,” Cruz stated in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Field” Friday.

“However I additionally suppose if on Election Day, individuals are offended they usually’ve given up hope they usually’re depressed, which is what [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, [D-Calif.], and [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer, [D-N.Y.], need them to be, I believe it might be a horrible election. I believe we might lose the White Home and each homes of Congress, that it might be a massacre of Watergate proportions.”

Cruz was referring to congressional beneficial properties Democrats made in 1974 following President Richard Nixon’s resignation over the Watergate scandal. Democrat Jimmy Carter would go on to win the presidential race in 1976. 

Cruz on Friday blamed Pelosi and Schumer for holding up a deal to supply a brand new spherical stimulus and direct fee checks to Individuals through the coronavirus pandemic, claiming they had been doing so to spice up Democrats’ election probabilities.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks until after the election, although Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke about a broad stimulus plan on Thursday, in accordance with the speaker’s spokesperson Drew Hammill. 

Cruz stated he’d spoken with Trump on Thursday and that the president needs to make a deal. That very same day, White Home communications director Alyssa Farah instructed reporters the White Home needed to deal with a wide range of stimulus methods however not as “half of a bigger package deal.” Farah later instructed reporters “we’re open to going with one thing larger,” however “we’re not going to function from the $2.2 trillion that the speaker laid out.”

A spokesperson for Schumer declined to remark. A consultant for Pelosi didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead over Trump has been growing in the polls because the president’s Covid-19 prognosis, with 25 days to go till Election Day. Based mostly on Real Clear Politics’ broader average of surveys from Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Arizona, Biden holds a 4.6-point benefit.

In response to the U.S. Election Project, over 7 million voters have already solid their ballots early or by mail this 12 months. 

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