Ted Cruz Slams Obamacare, Gay Marriage on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Texas politician reaffirmed his stance against gay marriage and defended his father in his late-night debut

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Senator Ted Cruz emerges from the Senate Chamber after his overnight crusade railing against the nation's new health care law at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 25, 2013.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his late-night debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, reaffirming his stance against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and gay marriage.

Cruz said Obamacare is hurting residents in Texas — despite the fact that 25% of the state’s residents don’t have health insurance — killing jobs and forcing insured individuals to drop their health insurance programs.

Leno also pressed Cruz on gay marriage, asking the Texas politician why he was against it.

“I support marriage between one man and one woman, but I also think it’s a question for the states. Some states have made decisions one way on gay marriage; some states have made decisions the other way,” Cruz said. “And that’s the great thing about our Constitution, is different states can make decisions depending on the values of their citizens.”

Leno also asked about Cruz’s father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, who was recently in the news for making anti-gay comments.

Cruz called his father “a man of deep integrity,” adding, “Some folks have decided to try to go after him because they want to take some shots at me. But I think the critics are better off attacking me.”

[NBC News]

107 comments
CesarBorgia
CesarBorgia

I hope he gets the GOP nomination.  Hillary will crush him and even Biden would win. Well, if he didn't open his mouth and insert boot feet, he would.

pain78
pain78

So called Gay people choose the lifestyle they lead,  no one is born gay,  their is no such thing has gay babies.  God made women for man,  not man for man or women for women.  I say this because in the bible it says so called gay people are without real emotions,  they are caught up in lust of the worst kind.  They don't know how to love like a man loves a women,  they are always trying to find some noble cause to support because deep down they feel convicted of their sin.  They can be good actors though and their always looking down on like the homeless or people on welfare system.  I say this because their is not enough jobs for everyone out their,  not even close.  Plus they don't know what people go through in their everyday life,  the judge and back bite people and are inventors of evil things.  Why do you people always praise what man/women when they do something good in the world,  all man and women have done from the beginning of time is SIN.  They were told not to eat the apple regardless of who tempted who,  they ate it.  We are all given a choice from the beginning,  alot of you people are like oh I can't pray to a God who allows this and that.  Grow up because man/women do these acts of evil not God.  God gave us a way to be forgiven though and that is through his son Jesus Amen.  If you but call on him and believe in your heart that he died on that cross for our sins and was raised from the dead three days later you will be born again Amen of the spirit.  you will see how real he is.  You talk like God is evil,  man/women steal kill and destroy the earth since the beginning,  they do that not God.  He gives us a choice Amen.  Why praise man/women at all don't matter what they are in this life,  judge lawyer doctor dentist veternarion they are all sinners,  they will all go to hell if they don't become born again of spirit Amen

Don_
Don_

Ted Cruz = Westboro Baptist Church = Neo Fascist Taliban Terror Cells.

I see no discernible differences between any of the above named.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

* LIE: "If you like your plan, you keep it. Like your doctor, keep your doctor." -- Barack H. Obama

Tell that to the multitudes whose policies have been cancelled.

* LIE: "Don't like gay marriage, don't participate in one." -- homosexual activists

Tell that Elane Photography in New Mexico, Gortz Haus Gallery in Iowa, Arlene's Flowers & Gifts in Washington, etc, etc, etc ...... Sued because they didn't want to participate in a "homosexual marriage" ceremony.

Tell that to Ocean Grove Methodist Church in New Jersey ... Sued because they didn't want to rent their church pavilion for a "homosexual marriage" ceremony. Judge Solomon A. Metzer ruled that "separation of church and state" and religious liberty promised in the 1ST AMENDMENT did not exempt them from renting their facilities out for purposes that violate their moral beliefs. They shut down the church pavilion rather than comply.

"Homosexual marriage" & Obamacare ... marketed as voluntary, executed as mandatory.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Senator Crusz is religious extremist and his viewpoints reflect that. The fact that he behaved on a national program shouldn't surprise anyone.. He is a politician after all.  

harpsiccord
harpsiccord

That's just fine, Ted Cruz. I'll tell him the same thing I told the person ranting about gay marriage on the bus- My generation will be having kids soon, and those kids are going to be raised in an environment of love and tolerance like you wouldn't believe. By the time they grow  up and are taking your place in government, you and your bigotry will be dead and buried or you'll be confined to a bed in your nursing home where you'll be watching as Muslim lesbian Texas senator wins a second term. You're fighting a losing battle, and I think you know that on some level. You are incredibly short sighted if you think that gay marriage will /never/ be legal.

MVH1
MVH1

Ted Cruz and his father are scary Domionists and birthers.

HeatherSloan
HeatherSloan

We'll remove Cruz if you remove Reid and Pelosi.  Get rid of extremist in both parties so government can function for preponderance of folks in the middle.

Elise
Elise

I wish Ted Cruz would go away. Far, far, far away. Canada please take your demented son. What a sick, vile man! He sickens me a bit more than the rest of the decidedly ghastly bunch of politicians that currently litter the American landscape. I'm so sick of all politicians, every last one of them. There isn't a single decent one in the bunch. Liars, poseurs, self-serving, self-absorbed, greedy, ungodly, narcissistic juveniles all of them. 

They care nothing about Americans or America. They're all in it for self-aggrandizement and they don't care how much damage they do to this country and its citizens in the process.

223fatcat
223fatcat

After viewing 25 to 30 posts here I can say honestly that there are way to many "flaming liberals" in this country, they should be shipped to some small island. This country was founded on the FACT that "the people" were to decide what was to be and not to be in this country. If that process wasn't OK with you, you are free to leave and find somewhere else where dictatorship is more your liking. 

CR_RGI
CR_RGI

Exactly how did Cruz "slam" gay marriage? Look, there is either traditional marriage or be in support of same-sex marriage. His preference, as he said, is with traditional marriage...just like about half of America is. Nothing was said to denigrate same-sex marriage, either. However, he respected states' rights to do with whatever their citizens prefer...just as the constitution would like. Enough of your misconstruing of a man whom you know will be a powerful force in '16.

LeslieGray
LeslieGray

@pain78 Seems to me that you're judging people based on your own narrow misunderstanding of something some preacher said. You really need to do more research into the facts of sexual orientation before you start making global judgements on the condition of the birth of other people. Some of us are not christian in this country. We have as much right to hold a job, or get married as you do. Just being a cisgender christian, does not give you the exclusive right to have a legitimate relationship. Besides, it really is a proven medical fact that gay and transgender babies are born as they are.What's more, we're born to so called straight parents. 

mjshep
mjshep

@pain78 I say this because in the bible it says so

they will all go to hell if they don't become born again of spirit

You are delusional, you are aware of that, right?

amytalk
amytalk

@pain78 What ever tinfoil you're wearing, I think it's cutting off circulation to your brain. 

JimboSlice
JimboSlice

@paint78 You're very good at judging those that you've never met in your life and know nothing about.

"If you're looking for Hell, just try looking inside."

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

@pain78 You don't get out much, do you?  You've never come across a guy that was so effeminate that he was practically a girl?  Or a girl that was so butch, you thought she was a guy?  Those aren't "choices": that's nature being ambiguous.

Chosun1
Chosun1

@Don_ --Then you don't think too well, do you?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91 Yes, it isn't like Jesus ever said anything about mercy.  Yeah!  I wonder what type of "christian " seminary keeps turning out all these ministers who obviously have never heard of the NEW TESTAMENT.  They are so hung up on the Talmud.

David_in_Houston
David_in_Houston

@mary.waterton New Mexico doesn't even have same-sex marriage. Elane Photography was in violation of nondiscrimination laws in that state. -- We don't allow discrimination in this country because one or two people want to be Christian martyrs. The millions of other residents in those states don't have a problem treating gay Americans as equal citizens. What makes you so special that you can demonize a segment of the population? Choosing to become religious does NOT give you special privileges that the rest of us don't have.

Ocean Grove got a different permit from the city. They now have permission to discriminate against gay people. That makes you the liar.

LeslieDF
LeslieDF

@mary.waterton 

A photographer, a florist, a baker, a limousine driver, a band, a wedding planner - none of those business people are clergy or a church or solemnize a marriage.  So, the laws for business of the states they operate in govern who they serve -all of the public.

The Ocean Grove "church" rented the property the pavilion was located on from the state.  The church did not and does not own the property.  It does not get a "church" tax-exemption for public property and must operate the pavilion for all of the public - any couple who want to rent it.  That "church" decided to stop renting the public property out to all of the public.

Live by the rules (the same rules).  The same Constitution.

If someone's doctor decides not to renew their healthcare insurance contract, then the patient needs to find a doctor who is in the health plan they choose.  And if a health plan is no longer offered, patients need to go elsewhere.

Remember, the GOP says it's all about choice and free-markets.

manlyman
manlyman

@Elise ted cruz sickens you? That gives me even more reason to like him.

geerterri
geerterri

@223fatcat 1) What facts lead you to believe that you have the right to decide who is right or wrong politically? 2) Who gave you power to decide that those you don't agree with need to move from their own country?

The FACT is that there is nothing wrong with being a Democrat or a Liberal. Nothing at all. It's when you attempt to censor what other people are saying that you are violating the US Constitution and the meaning of the US Constitution.

Grow up and stop pretending that only your opinions and views matter. They don't.

AmandaChoate
AmandaChoate

It was founded upon the priciple that ALL men were created equal. Further it is a democratic republic. So your insistence that people who vote FOR pols who support their views which happen to differ from is the problem. You live in a country where your views are in the minority. There are countries where your views are held by the majority, Russia comes to mind and Nigeria. Perhaps you should consider re-locating. Because we are going to keep electing politicians who move this country toward a freer, cleaner, better educated place.

And of all your talk of a smaller government, you, for a second, think the government knows who you should or shouldn't marry, then you want a much bigger government than I could ever tolerate. You oppose a mayor who wants to limit the size of drinks, but marriage, by all means step right in..

CaseyMarie
CaseyMarie

@223fatcat   Excuse me, but where were you last November?  I think the general election of 2012 was a pretty good example of "the people" deciding!!!!  Perhaps you and your group can move to that island.  The majority gets to stay here!!!

ryanb
ryanb

@223fatcat Flaming?? jab at a gay person?  Dictatorship? I think telling someone who they can and cannot love is dictating" don't you think? You, my fellow US citizen are the an example of a dictator

notsacredh
notsacredh

@223fatcat, in case you didn't notice...THIS country chose Obama twice. A majority of the voters chose Obama. He won by 9,000,000 votes in 2008 and by 5,000,000 votes in 2012. What part of "the people" don't you understand? We ARE the majority. Feel free to pack your bags and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. The "people" did decide. The rights of the individual states do NOT supercede the federal laws. In 2011, minority births were greater than white births. That isn't likely to change. Ever. Demographics are changing the entire country. Live with it. Or go. You might be happier elsewhere.

samT
samT

@223fatcat   So, FATCAT, you believe the Founding Fathers -- who believed enough in freedom and diversity and individual rights to cobble up some pretty impressive documents -- would agree with the, "You're either with us or against us"/"America: Love it or leave it",  type attitude you, and others like you, express?  (By the way, the process you speak of resulted in a LAW being passed, a law backed by the Supreme Court, which, of course, Cruz and other "conservatives" then took issue with).  

David_in_Houston
David_in_Houston

@CR_RGI Getting married should NOT be dependent on which state you happen to live in. That's why states acknowledge the opposite-sex marriages that take place in other states, even if their marriage laws differ. We already went through this 50 years ago with interracial marriage. 30 states had bans in place. Sound familiar? Can you even fathom what it would be like if you got married in California, then moved to Texas only to realize that your marriage was invalid, and you and your partner would considered strangers under the law? You might want to look up the word "empathy", because people like you and Mr. Cruz are completely lacking it.

LeslieDF
LeslieDF

@CR_RGI 

His preference for who he marries is none of anyone's business.

His preference for who someone else marries?  Certain defeat for his future political scheme.

MVH1
MVH1

@CR_RGI Surely you've seen him and heard him in the last ten months, outside of this one episode where he would tone down his vile rhetoric and hateful governing style.

ryanb
ryanb

@CR_RGI  Powerful force?  You mean the best looking horse in the glue factory??  What happened to the rest of the powerful forces?? Cain, Palin, Bachman? You obviously haven't learned from the past

jmac
jmac

@CR_RGI  Kind of like respecting state's rights to own slaves?   

Cruz will not be a powerful force in '16 -  unless you mean helping get independent votes (and I mean true independents  - not all those who left the Republican party and now call themselves independents) for the Democratic party.  

selijohnson01
selijohnson01

@evil.aaronm @pain78 Aaron, your comment is as ignorant as the original ignoramus up there. If a guy is "so effeminate he's practically a girl", he could be transgender or an array of other orientations. Despite your obviously misguided beliefs, not all gay people have sex and gender disparities, as your comment implies. The definition of homosexuality is two people OF THE SAME SEX being involved with one another, as in two women who both identify as females being together. You need to learn things. As for pain78, you're just a bigot who gets off on putting your illiterate opinions out there to hurt other human beings. You're a scum bag who clearly quit school after the 2nd grade. 

manlyman
manlyman

@sacredh hardly a mandate when most of his voters are braindead zombies. The "people" are finding out some things finally, sure every thing is rosy in your little utopia of never neverland ohio, but elsewhere, not so much. Go watch your cavs, or something else a little less complicated.

mjshep
mjshep

@LeslieGray @mjshep @pain78 Surely you misunderstand.  First, I wasn't "judging" him as to whether he (she?) was good or evil, guilty or innocent, deserving or undeserving of compassion, etc., I was making a clinical assessment based on available data. Second, I was making a point that using a book such as the Bible as the basis of your argument about social policy and attitudes towards gays, for instance, adds nothing substantial to any argument other than to declare the user's own bias. "The Bible says so!" So what? Many, including myself, do not care what the Bible says about such matters.

I find it ironic that you would criticize my comment by directing me to read from the very source I was declaring invalid in this case. Beg the question much?

LeslieGray
LeslieGray

@manlyman @ryanb @223fatcat Hey manlyman, what givens you the right to think you can hog marriage, your bible? Check again, marriage is not exclusively a religious practice, nor is it exclusively a christian practice.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Diecash1, I think the irony of a far right group being insrumental in swinging the country to the left is only fitting and just. They've failed their competency hearing and they'll never understand that they're their own worst enemies. Somebody should have read them their Miranda rights. Their own words are being held against them in the court of public opinion.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@sacredh @manlyman He's definitely bitter and none too bright.  I wonder if he knows that winger tears taste delicious?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@manlyman,

I like your bitterness. It reminds me that your side is getting their asses kicked. More please.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@davidthewordwizardExactly 'HOW",...may I ask, did the Republicans suddenly become the racists in 1965?.......

Perhaps you missed the revolt of the southern democrats after the passage of the civil rights act?  Does the phrase "we've lost the south for a generation" (or three) sound familiar?  

Today's Repub party is home to all manner of social "conservatives" -- people that wish to foist their repressed viewpoint onto the rest of the country.  Quite a number of these social "conservatives" are bigots and/or racists.  This helps to explain why the party is shrinking as the populace of the country becomes more tolerant on the whole.

You're living in the past and this is no longer pre-civil rights America.  Open your eyes.

MVH1
MVH1

@@ Don't be an uninformed dunce.  Your rank ignorance is disturbing.

MVH1
MVH1

@BrandyPastore @jmac @CR_RGI You're completely ignoring who Republicans of today are.  They're all those nasty Democrats who clung to owning their slaves through a long civil war.  Google could be your friend.

ryanb
ryanb

@davidthewordwizard  If your only argument to republican racism is from 1965 you will lose every time.  Get with the times

davidthewordwizard
davidthewordwizard

@ReaganRaisedTaxes Pardon me, but I must correct your misconception that Republicans are the racists,  Here are the facts,.....Lincoln was the first Republican President,......In 1957, the Supreme Court ordered desegregation in schools,.....Orville Faubus, Democrat Governor of Arkansas, ordered the National Guard to prevent the Little Rock 9 from entering a white High School,.....President Dwight D Eisenhower,...Republican, reversed that order, commanding the Guard to assure those kids DID get into that school.  In 1963, Democrat Governor of Alabama, George C. Wallace, stood on the steps of the University of Alabama, to prevent blacks from entering.  Again, it took the National Guard to remove him.  Democrat Senators Strom Thurmond, and Richard Byrd,....an 'ex' KKK man,.....filibustered in order to stop the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  .......Exactly 'HOW",...may I ask, did the Republicans suddenly become the racists in 1965?.......

ReaganRaisedTaxes
ReaganRaisedTaxes

@BrandyPastore @jmac @CR_RGI And since 1965, they've made it plain they feel it was the wrong thing to do.