I thought this was an interesting interview and that you might want to see it. It ran Sunday.
Cruz is very skillful. Notice how he manages to turn every question into a platform for him to make a point favorable to his position. He very quickly deals with Gregory’s questions – which sound more like criticisms – and makes a related point he wants to in well spoken – did he say “uhhh” once? – fact-based manner that makes arguments being ridiculed in Washington sound very reasonable.
One point Cruz makes that is often overlooked in the debate over tactics: Obamacare is not ready, it’s being delayed in all sorts of ways and for all sorts of people, and the Republican position that the whole show should be put off for a year is a reasonable idea supported by facts.
Here’s one typical exchange:
DAVID GREGORY: It’s interesting. Democrats say, “You know, the problem with Senator Cruz’s position is that it’s a purist position.” There are problems with Obamacare. The White House admits that. We talked about polling in some quarters indicating great dissatisfaction with the law, as you’re talking about in Town Hall meetings. But you have to engaged in a debate about how they change the law. What you’ve gone out and said is, “Let’s kill the law all together. Let’s de-fund it.”
SEN. TED CRUZ: Actually, with respect, David, I think the premise of your question is wrong. It is the Democrats who have taken the absolutist position. Look, I’ve engaged– I’d like to repeal every word of the law. But that wasn’t my position, even in this fight.
My position in this fight was we should de-fund it, which is different from repeal. And even now what the House of Representatives has done is a step removed from de-funding. It’s delaying it. Now that’s the essence of a compromise. For all of us who want to see it repealed, simply delaying it for American families on the same terms as is being done for big corporations, that’s a compromise. And at the same time, David, on the other side, what have the Democrats compromised on? Nothing. Zero.
Here’s the entire interview:
I would not want to be a Republican of any stripe competing in one of the 2016 debates against Cruz.