Dailies | Sen. Ted Cruz Bashes Obamacare, Defends His Dad on ‘Tonight Show’ (Video)

Sen. Ted Cruz Bashes Obamacare, Defends His Dad on 'Tonight Show' (Video)

The Texas politician also discussed his opposition to gay marriage

A tieless Sen. Ted Cruz joined Jay Leno for a “Tonight Show” segment Friday that was light on laughs but heavy in political debate.

I've been reading a lot about you lately, and they describe you as aggressive, arrogant and abrasive,” Leno opened with. “Accurate?”

Cruz responded, “Well, I don't know that you can believe everything you read.”

See video: ABC News Asks Ted Cruz: ‘How Much Do Your Colleagues Just Despise You?’

Any one of those?” Leno countered.

“You know, what I'm trying to do is do my job,” Cruz said. “And occasionally people don't like that.”

Naturally, the conversation turned to where Cruz has been making his mark — his staunch opposition to Obamacare. Cruz said that the plan is bad for his home state of Texas, because the Affordable Care Act kills jobs and will actually take away health insurance from some of those who already have it.

See video: Obama Apologizes for Botched Healthcare Rollout, Dropped Plans: ‘We Didn't Do a Good Enough Job’

Before long, the topic at hand was the other hot button issue that Cruz has been outspoken on: gay marriage. Leno said, ”To me, Republic should be about defense and money; everything else is do whatever the hell you want, pretty much. Why all the focus — for example, gay marriage; you're against it?

To which Cruz replied, “I support marriage between one man and one woman, but I also think it's a question for the states. Some states have made decisions one way on gay marriage; some states have made decisions the other way. And that's the great thing about our Constitution, is different states can make decisions depending on the values of their citizens.”

Cruz was also asked about his father, a pastor who recently made headlines for his own opposition to same-sex marriage. The senator called his dad “a man of deep integrity,” saying his critics should attack him, not his father.

Watch the clips:

  • telast

    Ted Cruz: idiot. And he HATES AMC shows.

  • highcourt

    it's OK.. we know what you're made of Cuban Cruz after seeing your father in action.. enough said.

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  • bob

    Ted Cruz has faithfully done EXACTLY WHAT HE PROMISED TEXAS VOTERS WHO ELECTED HIM !! Why can't EVERY POLITICIAN BE AS FAITHFUL as HE IS ??!!! He is a modern day hero to faithfully execute PRECISELY WHAT HE PROMISED WHEN HE RAN for office. There really is NO OTHER JOB for ANY POLITICIAN but to take the HEAT from people who did NOT ELECT and PUT HIM INTO OFFICE, for doing PRECISELY WHAT THE PEOPLE WHO PUT HIM IN OFFICE ELECTED HIM TO DO !!!

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      He actually promised to be a tool — for monied interests, as well in general?

      Did the people who elected him into office do so knowing that he has a thing against Americans having reasonably-priced healthcare (while he has a great one, provided by his wife, who works for Goldman-Sachs? I guess not)?

      Did the people who elected him into office knows that he's for freedom (for the State to determine who you should love?)?

      I am guessing not.

    • Jonas Grumby

      He promised to be a dick? Guess you got what you paid for. I surmise that stupid loves stupid. *shrug*

  • Jonas Grumby

    Liberals hope and prey the GOP nominates this lunatic.

  • Dak

    Ted Cruz, A great man, a fantastic patriot, a Texan.

    To all you haters of Cruz, live in fear, fear of another Texas President.

  • thirsty.turtle

    love his vision and INTEGRITY!!! He's an immigrant too ; ) We could ALL use more like this one. . . his actually wants to “save” America!!!