In an interview with Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, CNBC’s John Harwood asked why people should by into his message when his facts are shaky.
Harwood pointed out that Cruz is a little blurry on some of his facts, like the number of I.R.S. agents as well as the job-killing nature of Obamacare in the face of an economy that’s growing jobs.
“Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and say, “The guy’ll just say anything – doesn’t have to be true?” Harwood asked.
“There is a game that is played by left-wing editorial writers,” Cruz responded. “It’s this new species of yellow journalism called politi-fact. Colloquially I was referring to all the employees as agents.”
He said he was joking when he said there were 125,000 I.R.S agents who should be sent to the border. On Obamacare, Cruz conceded jobs were being created, but claimed more jobs are being destroyed because of the healthcare law.
The candidate then took shots at the media: “Historically the media’s had two caricatures for Republicans—that we are either stupid or evil,” he explained over a Tex-Mex lunch in Houston. “They’ve to some extent invented a third caricature for me, which is crazy. I get portrayed in a lot of outlets as a wild-eyed lunatic with dynamite around my chest.”
Cruz said it doesn’t bother him that the media portrays him this way since he’s got confidence that the American people make their own judgments.
Harwood also asked Cruz what his response will be in 30 years when historians credit President Bush, Ben Bernanke, and President Obama for saving the economy from a Great Depression.
“I don’t think anyone’s going to write that,” Cruz said. “They’re the same liberal academics whose Keynsian answer to everything is more and more spending.”