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February 13, 2016

Ted Cruz, Man of Few(er) Words

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the State of the Union

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz was utterly speechless on the day after the State of the Union — not because he didn’t have anything to add to the rhetorical cacophony in the Capitol. The guy just plain lost his voice.

Huffington Post senior political reporter Jon Ward directly experienced the silent treatment when he approached the Texas Republican for comment. “Just tried to ask Ted Cruz a question. He showed me a note saying he has a ‘nasty cold’ and has lost his voice ‘entirely,’” the veteran political scribe broadcast to the Twittersphere.

A Cruz aide confirmed that the boss was, in fact, feeling out of sorts.

“He has a cold and lost his voice, not much more to it. We expect and hope his voice returns soon!” the staffer told HOH.

Some fellow reporters wondered whether the tight-lipped Cruz was just finding a more creative way of avoiding questions from reporters in the halls of the Capitol. Since joining the Senate last month, Cruz has been a difficult interview for many journalists, given that he generally directs reporters to his staff rather than answering questions off the cuff in the style of most other senators.

“He’s the new Al Franken,” a fellow hack said, equating Cruz to the proudly national-media-averse Minnesota Democrat.

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  • Anonymous

    Obama left him speechless

  • Anonymous

    I am a fifth generation native Texan. Cruz is a disgrace
    to this state. In spite of what he and Cornyn claim they
    were not elected by all of the people of Texas nor do
    they represent or speak for all of us. My husband is
    74 and I am 75. We are Anglo Saxon and have a net
    worth in excess of two million dollars. That translates
    we are not minorities nor are we welfare recipients. We
    are two citizens who object to everything Cruz and Cornyn
    claim they are saying and doing in the name of all of the
    people in Texas. All of the people in Texas did not vote
    for them and do not agree with them.

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