Senator-Elect Ted Cruz critiques Mitt Romney’s ‘French kiss’ of president during third debate

There’s something about Obama, apparently. When Matt Drudge teased news of a breaking sex scandal in politics on Oct. 31, many were convinced that something magical had to have happened between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the president somewhere between that bear hug and the oceanfront stroll.

Texas Senator-Elect Ted Cruz today also is suggesting that Mitt Romney at some point fell under Obama’s spell, telling the Federalist Society that Romney’s treatment of the president during the third presidential debate amounted to a “French kiss.”

It’s not quite the Petraeus sex scandal, but the image does have tongues wagging.

One dissenting opinion:

With the election growing ever-smaller in the rear-view mirror, there’s a lot of second-guessing about how Romney handled the campaign. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave a dissenting opinion on Romney’s characterization of the Obama campaign enticing voters with “big gifts,” an analysis Jindal called “absolutely wrong.” New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte also split with Romney on the “gifts” comment.

So, is the honeymoon between Romney and the rising stars of the GOP over already? Cruz’s revelation of Romney’s “French kiss” with Obama seems to indicate the candidate cheated on true conservatives. Not everyone’s happy to see Cruz and others play Monday-morning quarterback, though.

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Seriously? WTF is wrong with you Republicans?

  • Jan

    I guess I know what he means, because he didn’t defend himself when O said that about the auto industry bailout. I believe this was in the 3rd debate.

  • TwitWit

    All the politicians I had hopes for are letting me down, in one way or another. Im starting to feel like a square peg, trying to fit into the round party.

    • LeighLeigh

      The question I have for you is this: Why do you ever put HOPE in any politician? Yikes! I vote on character and their beliefs…Hope ain’t got nuthin’ to do with it.

      • TwitWit

        good for you.

  • lillymckim

    Ted Cruz … Why?
    Good grief.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

    So let’s crap all over Romney now to make us up and comers in the Republican party look all tough and bad *ss and maybe the cheer leaders will want to date us. /sarc off

    • DianaRae_FL

      Agreed. If they keep this up and continue to trash our own we will never win again.

      • TeenBo

        Exactly. First the extended primary season bloodletting and now devouring the GOP candidate 58 million people voted for not even 2 weeks ago. Stupid.

        • DianaRae_FL

          Yup. And, it seems many are getting on the Romney blame train lately. Trust me, I am keeping a list. We don’t need backstabbing, politically correct people representing us.

          • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

            I’m keeping a list too. I will remember those who threw Romney under the bus while I am still mourning his loss. It’s betrayal, plain and simple. These people (Jindal, Martines, Cruz) wasted no time posturing and jockeying for the vacancy that Romney left behind. But they are too puny compared to him. Romney is by far still the best qualified GOP candidate that I can see for miles around.

          • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

            I’m keeping a list too. I will remember those who threw Romney under the bus while I am still mourning his loss. It’s betrayal, plain and simple. These people (Jindal, Martines, Cruz) wasted no time posturing and jockeying for the vacancy that Romney left behind. But they are too puny compared to him. Romney is by far still the best qualified GOP candidate that I can see for miles around.

      • TeenBo

        Exactly. First the extended primary season bloodletting and now devouring the GOP candidate 58 million people voted for not even 2 weeks ago. Stupid.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/555HP3NPFJ2E7MRU4CZUN7GSEU James H

    I knew Romney would lose – for sure – when he didn’t take Obama to the woodshed over Libya in the 3rd debate. Obama was a sitting duck. Everyone notices how angry Obama gets when questioned about the events of 9/11/12. Romney did not display the killer instinct. The interrogation could have begun after Schieffer handed Romney the ball by asking him and not Obama, as would seem appropriate, about Benghazi. Romney could have simply said – “Well we have the only person who knows all the answers right here with us tonight Bob. Let’s ask the President what happened.” And away we would have went with Obama having to play defense and lie himself into a corner for an hour or so on camera in front of millions of voters. Everyone was anticipating it and Romney committed the ultimate sin of not giving the audience what they wanted.

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Interesting. People don’t like my saying “WTF is wrong with you Republicans?” Mmm. okay. The overall behavior I’ve observed is kind of catty.

    I’m not a Republican. I’m watching this from the outside. It makes me sad ‘cuz if peeps could just put their power toward good, y’all could get much more done.

    The blame game just makes you sound like Democrats and liberals, frankly.
    “Moderate” replaces “racist” in your lexicon.

    *shrug* You don’t have to like it. Like I said, it’s just my observation. And it makes me really sad ‘cuz if Republicans crash and burn, who is going to step up and save this country?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      @twitter-613710982:disqus ~ I completely agree with your “WTF is wrong with you Republicans” comment. Although, I might have said “WTF is wrong with all of these Republicans”. I also agree with your comments above. We don’t need to follow suit with democrats and point fingers. Four years is going to be over faster than we realize and if all the up and coming Republican politicians are going to go around acting/sounding like a bunch of “sniveling, whiny little b*tchses” then we are going to crash and burn. Don’t arm chair quarterback, learn from previous mistakes, look at the other Republican presidents and how they ran their campaigns and L.E.A.R.N. from them.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Yup!

        Greater good folks! I’ve tried to tell my idiot liberal friends… If this economy crashes and burns, free abortions won’t matter much. (They still don’t get it.)

        I guess the message to conservatives is:
        If this country crashes and burns, who is to blame won’t matter much.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/555HP3NPFJ2E7MRU4CZUN7GSEU James H

        Here’s a lesson – play to win or don’t play at all. I’m not going to campaign and make calls, go door to door, donate money, debate and bicker with friends, family and strangers for somebody who’s going to try not to lose. Draw a clear, distinct, cogent, rational alternative to your opponent and then fight like it means your life and the millions of lives who might come out to vote for you depend on you winning.

        • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

          In the current state of society, the candidate alone cannot bear this entire burden. Obama would never have won either election without his massive and very determined machine behind him. In 2008, people wanted to believe the message, so it was the landslide. In 2012, they had to force the message tooth and nail.

          I think conservatives need to start RIGHT NOW to promote the message that not only will our way work, but it will make things better, that we WANT things to be better.

          I knew Mr. Romney wanted things to be better. However, I didn’t know that until mid-September, and I only figured it out ‘cuz I made it my mission to find out the truth. Regular folks don’t do that; indoctrinated liberals will never do that without prompting.

          You have to teach them and at least get them to the point where they will allow the most minute possibility that it could be the right way, starting NOW. That foot in the door is the most important step in this battle.

    • Danny Meeker

      Federalism is a two-way street. The left-wing of the eagle finds laws and programs that will benefit the most of society “for the greater good.” The right-wing of the eagle asks two questions — can the country afford it, and does the program avoid trampling on liberty and the Constitution. If both wings are in agreement, the eagle will soar to the greatest heights imaginable. Sadly, both parties have lost sight of this vision. Our government isn’t practicing Federalism; they are promoting a spoils system.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        THIS.

        Republicans, Independents, Libertarians (true, not nihilists), and other fiscal conservatives need to promote both wings.

        This is the message. But the snark has to stop.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        AND (sorry to some of you) this does take into account some social issues that are ultimately religion-/faith-based in origin. Not saying anyone should change their views, but you have to be willing to understand that others will have different beliefs. They are liberty issues and cannot be regulated beyond harm outward.

  • Belinda Henry

    I guess his mama never told him not to kick a man whens he’s down.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Political yaoi!

    …too much?

  • digitalPimple

    Ted is right. Romney is not some Babe in the woods. He can take it. Romney admitted he screwed up in the last debate weeks later by not going after the admin on Ben.

  • ssenecal5000

    Romney lost because of Romneycare. and Romney’s liberal past as a Gov. of a liberal state. If the GOP had a candidate that could actually hit Obama on Obamacare , they would have won. Instead they establishment did whatever it could to get Romney . They got him and he lost

  • Ariadnea

    Jindal’s criticism of Romney I disagree with, as there are plenty of truth in what Romney said. As for Ted Cruz, he is right on the mark. Romney was easier with Obama on the 3rd debate than with any of his conservative opponents during the primaries.

  • Bob Khan

    I think Ted Cruz is a great guy, but he really needs to lay off of the Romney bashing that seems so popular these days. Granted Romney should have cornered Obama on Benghazi in the 3rd debate, but we’re also at fault for alienating Hispanic and Latino voters, who just so happen to share very similar values with Conservatives.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      It wouldn’t have mattered about Benghazi. The majority of the idiot left that voted for him don’t even know anything happened in Benghazi. Hmm, what was the response I got? Oh yeah, “It must have happened before my time”. This from a 20-something. Or there’s the ever-popular, “Who is Ben Gazi?”

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        I agree. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Obama “won” because he bought off (with back door mini-DREAM Act, “evolution” on Same Sex Marriage, “free” birth control, etc) and/or frightened his base into coming out to vote for him in high enough numbers to garner 400,000 votes more than Romney in FL, NH, OH & VA combined and about 2% more than him in the national popular vote. That’s the *real* reason Romney lost. Sadly, Benghazi made no difference.

  • LeighLeigh

    I voted for Ted Cruz…he pulls no punches and is a true prosecutor….he is going to rock in the Senate, and he is already making his voice heard….he don’t play and he is going to do some major ass kicking in the rhetorical department…..he can speak about the Constitution a only an immigrants son can. Romney did puss out on that third debate and all he did was agree with Obama…I ended up turning the station.

  • VirginiaGirl

    Really tired of everyone blaming Romney. The problem is with America. It wants and American Idol – not a president. Romney is far too intelligent, decent, honorable, and honest for what this nation desires. It saddens me that my children will never know the America I did.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      MItt Romney should buy Hostess, turn it around into a huge success again, and say, ‘In yo FACE!’. Or something.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        lmao @the mental image of Mr. Romney gesturing like a gangsta rap star saying that. *giggle*

      • http://www.facebook.com/sherri.seiber Sherri Seiber

        And only hire nonunion workers.

    • Speichera

      No, I think Romney has bear a lot of the blame. He did do pretty lousy in the 2md and 3rd debates. He didn’t seem prepared at all. We all know his GOTV effort sucked. He should have been much more aggressive early on and ran negative ads out the yingyang in swing states throughout the summer. He should have gotten rid of the losers on his staff right after winning the nomination. And he should have campaigned with Sarah Palin. And no, I’m not Monday morning quarterbacking. These were all things I was concerned about during the campaign. I was just hoping against hope that Team Romney had some super secret weapon they were going to pull out. But of course, that never happened.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        You are expecting a rock star candidate. If that is what conservatives actually want, then this country’s future is hopeless.

        What we actually need:
        Grass roots, person by person, person to person, without rancor, without snark, without fingers pointing, without blame.
        Rational, logical analysis. Realization that (working) technology is a necessity, not an option.

        Realization that sometimes for the greater good, you have to swallow your pride (Mr. Santorum, Mr. Paul, Mr. Huntsman, and anyone else that all but disappeared until AFTER Mr. Romney lost– this is for you and your non-voting, whiney, butt-hurt supporters who seemed to forget that 4 more years of Obama is so much worse than any other option.)

        You cannot expect any candidate to do this alone.
        Obama only won because he and his machine convinced people with lies and misdirection.
        We need to counter with a non-snarky, non-didactic, non-commanding telling of the TRUTH.

        The machine of truth was not there for Mr. Romney, NOT the other way around.

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        For the love of dog — Romney didn’t have money over the summer — the way the campaign laws are written, he couldn’t use general election funds until he officially became the nominee at the convention and he spent almost all of the primary money in the primary — which should have ended after FL if the ABRs would have taken a moment to realize that while the GOP was beating up on each other & each other’s candidate, the Dems were unified (Obama, being an incumbent & not facing a primary challenger didn’t have to worry about that). The fact that the RNC chose to have such a late convention instead of having it in early July (so our nominee could access GE funds earlier) knowing how strongly united the Dems were, with the entire MSM supporting Obama was another huge mistake — but that had nothing to do with Romney as the RNC picked that date/location in 2010.
        What you are doing is 100% Monday Morning Quarterbacking & you are ignoring facts to do it. As of now with the vote count still going on, Romney got more votes than McCain (that initial story by the MSM when counting was nowhere near close to being finished that “Romney got less votes than McCain” was a typical lie from them to make him look bad), he ran better (i.e., got more votes) than the down-ticket Republicans in ALL the states but the deep blue ones (where he ran the same as the down ticket Republicans — which is to be expected), he was within 400,000 votes in OH, FL, VA & NH combined (and those 400,000 votes turned the *entire* election), and from day 1 he tried to get the Independent votes — and he ran +5 Independents nationally. That was the *only* play the GOP had (get the Independents) to try to win given the well funded Obama & the MSM carrying his water in a way that I have never seen them do before for *any* politician in my entire life.
        Oh, and Romney won that 1st debate with the best performance of any debate in modern history — and he didn’t “lose” the 2nd or 3rd ones except in the opinion of those who were choosing between Obama at the 1st debate & Obama in the 2nd & 3rd ones. Romney did everything he could to win the election & to appeal to the better part of people (rather than to their base instincts as Obama did) & he did it with grace & dignity.
        Obama, OTOH, either bought off (evolution on SSM, backdoor mini-DREAM act, etc) or frightened his base into coming out in enough numbers to squeak those 400,000 votes in OH, FL, VA & NH — which contrary to the revisionist history going on since the election, NO reliable pollster expected. NOT ONE expected a D+7 turnout such that Romney would win Independents by +5 & still fall short of the win. NO ONE. Further, Obama’s classless behavior caused 7 million voters to stay home — that’s Obama’s legacy.

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        For the love of dog — Romney didn’t have money over the summer — the way the campaign laws are written, he couldn’t use general election funds until he officially became the nominee at the convention and he spent almost all of the primary money in the primary — which should have ended after FL if the ABRs would have taken a moment to realize that while the GOP was beating up on each other & each other’s candidate, the Dems were unified (Obama, being an incumbent & not facing a primary challenger didn’t have to worry about that). The fact that the RNC chose to have such a late convention instead of having it in early July (so our nominee could access GE funds earlier) knowing how strongly united the Dems were, with the entire MSM supporting Obama was another huge mistake — but that had nothing to do with Romney as the RNC picked that date/location in 2010.
        What you are doing is 100% Monday Morning Quarterbacking & you are ignoring facts to do it. As of now with the vote count still going on, Romney got more votes than McCain (that initial story by the MSM when counting was nowhere near close to being finished that “Romney got less votes than McCain” was a typical lie from them to make him look bad), he ran better (i.e., got more votes) than the down-ticket Republicans in ALL the states but the deep blue ones (where he ran the same as the down ticket Republicans — which is to be expected), he was within 400,000 votes in OH, FL, VA & NH combined (and those 400,000 votes turned the *entire* election), and from day 1 he tried to get the Independent votes — and he ran +5 Independents nationally. That was the *only* play the GOP had (get the Independents) to try to win given the well funded Obama & the MSM carrying his water in a way that I have never seen them do before for *any* politician in my entire life.
        Oh, and Romney won that 1st debate with the best performance of any debate in modern history — and he didn’t “lose” the 2nd or 3rd ones except in the opinion of those who were choosing between Obama at the 1st debate & Obama in the 2nd & 3rd ones. Romney did everything he could to win the election & to appeal to the better part of people (rather than to their base instincts as Obama did) & he did it with grace & dignity.
        Obama, OTOH, either bought off (evolution on SSM, backdoor mini-DREAM act, etc) or frightened his base into coming out in enough numbers to squeak those 400,000 votes in OH, FL, VA & NH — which contrary to the revisionist history going on since the election, NO reliable pollster expected. NOT ONE expected a D+7 turnout such that Romney would win Independents by +5 & still fall short of the win. NO ONE. Further, Obama’s classless behavior caused 7 million voters to stay home — that’s Obama’s legacy.

    • Armando

      They can watch it in the movies.

    • shimauma

      people voted for romney because he was all the gop offered us, not because they wanted him in, but because we wanted obama out, but per the typical rino, romney handed barry hussien the election on a platter. This country isn’t going to get any better until righteous people stand up and refuse to be enslaved to socialist ideals.

  • DianaRae_FL

    Ah that’s too bad. I really liked Ted Cruz. He eats his own. After this, at least he is assured of never going any higher then he is right. Bashing people like that in his own party to liberals is not acceptable.

  • Elena0412

    “French kissed” is not how I would have put it, but Romney let Obama get away with murder in that debate. He’s got the press in his pocket; isn’t that enough?

  • Danny Meeker

    “For a society to have moral and virtuous leaders, our society must BE moral and virtuous.” –paraphrase from “The 5,000 Year Leap,” W. Cleon Skousen

  • Elena0412

    Republicans won’t win an election as long as there’s an “R” after the name, no matter what their policies are. Democrats have been conditioned to vote for dems, so appealing to whatever iota of intelligence they may have, won’t work. I say lets call these bastards out on everything they do. We have nothing to lose.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      True. A majority of voters in the exit polls actually blamed Bush — not the guy who’s been POTUS for the last 4 years — for the lousy economy. That shows the brain power of the electorate we’re dealing with.

  • http://twitter.com/Droguta Anna

    Oh, it’s so easy for all these GOP punks to pile on Romney now that he’s been defeated. Like they’d have done it any better with the state that the GOP is currently in. How very low of them.

  • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

    Romney got more votes in Texas than Cruz did. #justsaying

    In fact Romney ran better/got more votes then all the down ticket Republicans did in every state *but* the deep blue ones (such as MA, CA).

    The right needs to face it: Romney wasn’t the problem; the Republican brand was because Romney ran better than the “brand” itself.

  • GTFOBigGovt

    I don’t know anything about Ted Cruz but have a feeling this is not the last jackassy comment we’ll be hearing from him. Not funny, and stupid showboating.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    It is hard for ANYONE to recapture the lead by the margin Obama won in 2008, 2% isn’t a bad percent to lose by. Romney did just about everything he could, the problem is with identity politics and the entitlement mentality of people in this country with the media to clean up any mess Obama makes. Let’s admit it, things wouldn’t have been fixed completely with Romney, four more years of Obama may be what it takes for the country to finally wake up. Honestly, as goofy as it sounds Hostess going out of business may be the best illustration to young people that Obama and union thuggery don’t work.

  • Cruz2016!!!

    Funny how these republicans have nothing to say about all the BLATANT voter fraud that occurred and the dems got away with…If the military alone gets all their ballots delivered and are able to vote…Romney wins! So you do nothing republicans who want to come out blaming Romney instead of doing something that takes balls to do and get this election recounted…SHUT THE F UP!! LOSERS!

  • http://twitter.com/Motivatedtweet @UVAFAN

    I’m so sick of the blaming of Romney – he was exactly right w/ his “gifts’ comment and people will continue to vote from a “give me” viewpoint until there is nothing left to take. For all these GOPers and pundits – take note – you have lost my support and my financial backing when you come calling. Although Obama and his supporters make my skin crawl – the one thing I can say about them is that they are loyal; loyal to a fault but still loyal. Throughout the campaign, I rarely heard any leftie pundit criticize Obama even when he deserved it, but all the GOP leaning pundits/media had plenty of criticism for the Gov when they didn’t like the way he put his socks on in the am. DONE.

  • calitexi

    Unless the GOP takes a good hard look in the mirror they will continue to lose. 50% of voters said that they still blame Bush for the economy and why wouldn’t they. Heck it is preached on the news everyday either by Obama or his devoted followers for the last 4 years. The GOP did nothing to stop it or even try to. Even though Romney had nothing to do with it. And the first thing Obama said in his press conference (if you want to call it that, more like another campaign speech) was to blame Bush on the economy. And still the GOP is letting him do it.
    I voted for Cruz but now i wonder why. Romney worked his butt off and now instead of thanking him or even acknowledging that he tried they are dogging him. So sad really. Sometimes I felt like he was doing this all by himself. Also we have too many takers in this world. My husbands co-worker told him, that Romney would lose because no one wants their stuff taken away that they think they have earned by doing nothing.
    Also what did the GOP do to get those 2-3 million registered voters out and vote. There were too many that stayed home.And to them you get what you deserve. As for the rest of us we get to pay for your laziness. Outside of West I see no GOP even trying to fight the voter fraud. They are just a bunch of Chickens!! We need to replace the Speaker of the House with someone that has the courage to speak up. I nominate Ryan. He did a great job with the ABC interview this week.

  • 20pizzapies

    Romney will get other peoples money , resurrect Hostess, cut expenses to the bone , make it profitable , thereby readying it for “harvesting ” as Romney ” puts it , after of course selling off any profitable parts to the point of Banklruptcy ,and take the money and run …..te suckers let holding the bag .That’s what Romney and bain were all about . That was accentuated by two of your own during the nomination process -Gov.Perry and Newt Gingrich . THEY “defined ” Romney and gave it on a silver platter to the Democrats who ran with it .

  • alumin

    I read this article this morning and thought it was interesting enough to pass along!
    Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud

    http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/why-the-gop-will-not-do-anything-about-vote-fraud/