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Video || Cruz Vs. David Gregory on Meet the Press

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 For all of us who want to see it repealed, simply delaying it for American families on the same terms as is being done for big corporations, that’s a compromise.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.

H/T RealClearPolitics.

19 Responses to Video || Cruz Vs. David Gregory on Meet the Press

  1. I have nothing but respect and admiration for this man. To hear him speaking with such eloquence and conviction on the Senate floor was quite inspiring, especially after taking into account that he had been standing in the same position for 22 hours.

    Ted Cruz gets it. He understands what people outside the beltway deal with on a daily basis. He lives it, too. And to top it all off, he is flat out brilliant. I cringe just thinking about the contrast between Cruz and the current amateur occupying the White House.

  2. He is both the Democrats and the entrenched Republicans worst nightmare.
    A principled conservative in the vein of Reagan’s “Bold Colors” who knows his facts and speaks from his convictions. That provides a realism not seen from any of the current “leaders” of either party right now.
    The attacks are Alinsky 101 and the press is doing all to oblige but in the end there are still more of “us” than there are of “them” and all we’ve been waiting for is a few good men and women willing to stand up and take the fight forward rather than constantly retreat in compromise.

  3. He has a formidable background. One of his law professors, the liberal Alan Dershowitz, calls him one of the two most brilliant students he ever taught, and he clerked for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Willliam Rehnquist. He comes from a home in which his parents encouraged him to do his best in ways beyond just cheerleading. Then there is his working life and work ethic. Unlike Obama, he has genuine extensive court experience. Your run-of-the-mill Washington politician or journalist is no match for him. The clincher, though, is that he doesn’t make an egotistic and elitist display of his brilliance, and millions of Americans see him as a representative of the standards we all once held.

    • As I understand it, Cruz came in second in the national debate championship one year — then came back and won it the following year.

      It was fascinating watching Gregory squirm internally knowing he was being eaten for lunch, and that it could go on for another 20 hours without any slackening.

      Cruz could have politely asked Gregory to removed Obama’s puppet hand from his posterior, but instead accomplished the same with tact, intelligence, and unshakeable confidence in the real facts. Cruz also did a great job of flipping the script and placing the blame on Reid and the Democrats, for which Gregory is likely still regretting giving him the platform.

  4. Yes. David Gregory was clearly at a disadvantage.

    The facts, on balance, must favor Cruz. Does that help explain Cruz’s “skill.”

    Do not all of Obamacare’s “exemptions, exceptions, delays, and subsidiaries” say anything to you?

    Is any Liberal’s skull penetrated by this FACT? Does it not tell you anything? Were we not told that the ACA relies on EVERYONE participating? Apparently, “everyone” does not include Obama’s FRIENDS.

  5. Ted Cruz is phenomenal. He is clear and articulate in his response and he is making the welfare of the American people his interest, not himself. I wish we had someone like him in SC.