Cruz appeared on CNN‘s ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper‘ on Monday, where the Tapper asked about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s recent attacks on the libertarian strain in both parties. Cruz responded that Christie was entitled to his opinion, but that Americans’ right to privacy was not “esoteric,” as the Republican Governor called it. He then extended his criticism to the Obama administration.
“One of the things that has been so dismaying about the Obama administration is we have seen a consistent onslaught on our Constitutional rights,” Cruz said.
The freshman Senator also said the Constitutional Amendments are “the foundation of this country,” but noted the Obama administration viewed them with “hostility.”
Tapper also asked the Texas Senator about why the House keeps voting to repeal Obamacare.
“We have a fight we can win,” Cruz said. “If Obamacare isn’t working, this our single best opportunity to defund it in the next 63 days [before the continuing resolution expires].”
Cruz said the House should put forth a continuing resolution that funds all of the federal government — except Obamacare — thereby forcing Obama to shutdown the government or allow the healthcare legislation to be repealed. He noted that President Obama was delaying the implementation of the employer mandate, proving that the healthcare legislation is flawed.
“If it were good, he’d want it to kick in before the next election,” Cruz said.
The Texas Senator also spoke on Glenn Beck’s radio show Monday morning, where he criticized House Republicans for being too scared to vote to repeal Obamacare.
“What I can tell you is there are a lot of Republicans in Washington who are scared,” he said. “They’re scared of being beaten up politically.”
He said many Republicans simply want to vote against Obamacare, not necessarily succeed in defunding it.