ABC reporter grills Ted Cruz: ‘Bizarre’ to keep saying Obama will repeal Obamacare

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:01 EDT
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Ted Cruz speaks to ABC News
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dumbfounded ABC’s Jonathan Karl in a recent interview by sticking to his claim that President Barack Obama will be forced to repeal his signature health care reform law.

During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Cruz had told the crowd that he would fight to repeal “every single word of Obamacare.”

“We can acknowledge that that’s not going to happen while Barack Obama’s president,” Karl told Cruz in an interview that aired on Sunday.

“I’ll give you one scenario where it could,” Cruz replied. “If there’s one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, is there top priority is preserving their own hide. If enough congressional Democrats realize, they either stand with Obamacare and lose or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that’s the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we’ll do it in 2017.”

“So you honestly think there’s a chance you could get Obamacare repealed? Every word, as you say?” Karl asked.

“Every single word,” Cruz insisted.

“With Obama being in the White House?” Karl pressed.

“You know what’s funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition,” Cruz opined.

“Well, it is!” the ABC reporter exclaimed. “He’s not going to sign. It is a bizarre proposition.”

“It is the most unpopular law in the country,” Cruz remarked. “Millions of people have lost their jobs, have lost their health care, have been forced into part time work, have their premiums skyrocket. And right now, Washington isn’t listening to those people.”

“That’s how we win elections. That’s also how we repeal Obamacare.”

Watch the video below from ABC’s This Week, broadcast March 9, 2013.

David Edwards
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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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