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Cruz wants the federal government to stop sending funds to Planned Parenthood and to not support the Iranian nuclear deal. He also supports legislation ending government shut downs.
DAVID BRODY: A couple policy questions; the debt ceiling. As it relates to what you do as a U.S senator what kind of concession can you get from this President on the debt ceiling?
TED CRUZ: Well you know it’s interesting. So, what Washington leadership says republican leadership says at every stage is we can get nothing. There’s a basic dynamic happening in Washington where one side Obama and the democrats they approach everything passionately committed to their principals. They’ll crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to advance their failed big government principals. And unfortunately republican leadership approaches every battle preemptively surrendering, saying we can do nothing. And so when it comes to the debt ceiling the position of republican leadership is already that they want to give trillions in borrowing authority to Barack Obama in exchange for nothing. But they want to completely surrender. In fact John Boehner’s talking about cutting a deal with Nancy Pelosi and teaming up with the democrats to fund 100% of Obama’s big government agenda. Now David, that makes no sense. If you look historically the last 55 times congress has raised the debt ceiling it has attached meaningful concessions 28 times it has proven to be the most effective leverage but it’s not leverage is you surrender at the outset.
And you know if you look at the dynamic across this country people are frustrated. Their frustrated because we keep winning elections and then the people we elect don’t do what they said they would do. And in my view we need to stand up and fight. So we just had a fight on the continuing resolution and I asked for two things on the continuing resolution. Number one that we fund all of the federal government we don’t send 500 million dollars of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood. A private organization not part of the government that’s been caught on film apparently committing a pattern of multiple felonies. It is a federal felony with a 10 year jail term to sell the body parts of unborn children for profit and that by all appearances is what Planned Parenthood was doing. And in the second condition that I urged leadership to attach is we would not fund implementing this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. We’re not going to allow a hundred billion to go to the Ayatollah Khomeini to be used to fund terrorism in Israel and to be used to fund jihadist who will murder Americans. Now in my view if republicans had stood together and said “We’re defending life. We’re defending lives here at home from Planned Parenthood which appears to be a criminal organization. And we’re defending lives, millions of lives across the world stopping the Ayatollah Khomeini from getting a nuclear weapon.” That’s a fight we could have won if leadership had been willing to fight. On the debt ceiling we should look to those as well, those are natural things to look to.
I’ll tell you another thing we can look forward to on the debt ceiling is two pieces of legislation. One Rob Portman’s introduced legislation ending government shut downs. What it would do is say in the event that a continuing resolution doesn’t get passed the government continues to be funded but it ratchets down slowly over time so that you have no more shut downs. Now the democrats don’t want to pass that; why? Because they want to use shut downs as a threat to bully republicans into giving in. And there’s another bill a bill Pat Toomey’s introduced that he calls the full faith and credit act I like to call it the default prevention act. It provides that in the event the debt ceiling doesn’t get raised that we will always always always pay our debts so that we will never default on the United States credit. Now every time the debt ceiling comes up democrat’s scaremonger and say you’re going to have a default on credit it’s going to cause financial apocalypse. I remember a couple years ago, I was newly elected to the senate, I was doing Meet the Press with Chuck Schumer and he was scare mongering about the debt ceiling. And I turned to him and I said “Chuck how about we stand together and join together with bi-partisan agreement on the default prevention act. Let’s agree right now. We can make national news. Let’s agree right now. You are telling the American people that defaulting on the debt would be a calamity for this country. Let’s stand together. We can promise the American people that we’ll never ever ever be a default. Shake my hand and let’s join on it now. And utterly unwilling to do so. Why? Because the democrats like using the threat of a default to bludgeon republican leadership into surrendering and funding every failed big government policy they have. And the reason the American people are so frustrated is we didn’t win landmark tidal wave elections in 2010 and 2014 to send leaders to Washington who surrender every fight. You don’t have to fight everything. You should pick your battles, you should be smart, you should be strategic. But you should stand and pick fights that matter, that have bang for the buck. And right now leadership republican leadership doesn’t do that that’s why the American people are so frustrated.