On Monday night, just hours before the Wisconsin state primary was due to kick off, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) sat down with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly to talk about his campaign for the White House.
You can see the entire transcript here at Fox News.
Partial Transcript on Obamacare:
Marley Bell: Hi. I would like to welcome you, Senator Cruz, and Megyn as well, to the great State of Wisconsin. Senator Cruz, in the past, you stated that you intend to repeal and replace Obamacare. When you become president of the United States, how do you specifically plan to do this? And how quickly can those changes be enacted?
Ted Cruz: Well, Marley, thank you for that question and thank you for your hard work as a nurse practitioners. Thank you for the difference you make in the lives of so many patients.
The question you raise is incredibly important. If you look at ObamaCare; ObamaCare is the biggest job killer in this country. Millions of Americans are hurting under it, have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work. Millions of Americans have lost their health insurance, have lost their doctors, have seen their premiums skyrocket.
And I’m sure you’re seeing in the practice of medicine the incredibly harmful impact, increased government involvement is having with doctors and nurses being able to provide the medical care that all of us want.
If I’m elected president, we will repeal every word of it, but you’re exactly right, we’re not done with that. Everyone agrees we need health care reform. And I think health care reform should follow some principles. It should expand competition. It should empower patients to make health care decisions in consultation with their doctors. And it should disempower government from getting in between us and our doctors.
Megyn Kelly: Thank you, Marley. So, let’s talk about ObamaCare just a bit. You recently said that you believe — maybe you could have been a little less hard charging on a couple of your battles on Capitol Hill because you are known as hard charging, that you don’t back down from a fight which some people love about you. Other people say how’s he going to get anything done?
And I thought it was interesting you actually admitted, you came out and said maybe I should have pulled back in some of my fights on Capitol Hill. Which ones?
Ted Cruz: Listen, I’m passionate. It is who I am. I believe — you know, the thing with me, you know exactly what you’re going to get. I spent my whole life literally from when I was a teenager fighting to defend the Constitution, fighting to defend free market principles.
So, on the battle against ObamaCare, I’m proud of having stood with many Americans against the bipartisan Washington elites in fighting to stop ObamaCare. But you know, I mean, I wrote a book last year called “A Time for Truth” and it’s a very candid reflection on my life including the battles in the Senate. And I talk about, for example, the fight over ObamaCare.
That I wish in hindsight I’d done a better job of reaching out to a lot of the key thought leaders, of looping people in on our strategy, on building a broader coalition at first. That I thought what we were trying to do was evident and it wasn’t nearly as evident with people who should have been our allies who weren’t.
And listen, any rational person you look at battles and try to learn, OK, how could we have fought this better. And that’s an example of something where there’s no doubt we need to bring together and unify people. Now, I will note, fast forwarding to today, if you look at where the republican primary is right now, we’re seeing that unity behind this campaign.
What is amazing, we’re seeing the 65 percent to 70 percent of republicans who recognize Donald Trump would be a disaster as our nominee, that nominating Donald Trump would elect Hillary Clinton. Hillary beats Donald by double digits.
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