U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, seen as a contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, sat down Sunday with reporter Jonathon Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”
Throughout the interview, Cruz proved that he is more than ready for any challenge the media can throw at him.
The shooting in Newtown, Conn., came up as Cruz said the president used the tragedy to push an “anti-gun agenda” and Karl asked if Obama was “exploiting” the tragedy.
“I think he had a political agenda, which was to restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of law abiding citizens,” Cruz said. “They took advantage of that horrible, tragic shooting to push that agenda, and they didn’t focus actually on solving the problem.”
While ignoring how rigid Obama and the Democratic Party have been on most issues, Karl seized the opportunity to call Cruz out on his verbiage, “You have Republicans that wouldn’t do anything with President Obama. I mean, Obama’s kind of like, you know, he’s enemy number one, he’s the villain.”
“How do we get anywhere if you’ve got Republicans that won’t even talk about a deal with the president on something like the debt?” he asked.
Cruz quickly responded:
“I actually don’t agree with the premise of that. I don’t consider President Obama enemy number one. I think he is someone who believes passionately in his principles. And I respect him for that.
Not content with the answer, Karl challenged him, “You just said he was exploiting the Newtown shooting.”.
“Actually, you used the word ‘exploiting,’” Cruz responded. “I think the policies he was advancing were wrong and were dangerous. The point I was finishing is I admire and respect him in that he fights for his principles. But I think his principles are profoundly dangerous.”
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