Liberals are already attacking Ted Cruz’s credentials, suggesting he’s no more qualified to run than Obama, whom conservatives have long mocked for his resume as a “community organizer.” On CNN’s State of the Union, Cruz shot these comparisons down.
“I want to read to you a description,” began host Dana Bash. “A Harvard law graduate, 40-something years old, two young daughters, in the Senate for only two years, who thinks he can be president. I could be describing you; I could be describing Barack Obama.”
“Dana, I think there are really two sharp distinctions between where I am today and where Barack Obama was when he launched his campaign,” said Cruz. “Number one, in his time in the Senate, he had basically been a backbencher, he had not been leading on issues of any significance. In my time in the Senate you can accuse me of being a lot of things, but a backbencher is not one of them.”
“But the big criticism of President Obama, especially as the years went on, he didn’t have any experience in an executive function, he didn’t run any organization, and the same can be said about you,” Bash pressed.
“Well, unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,” Cruz replied. “I spent five and a half years as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the state Texas in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“I supervised and led every appeal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-person agency with over 700 lawyers,” he continued. “Over the course of 5 1/2 years, over and over again Texas led the nation defending conservative principles and winning.”
Watch the clip below, via Real Clear Politics: