On CNN’s Crossfire, Ted Cruz squared off with host Van Jones and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) over Obamacare and the government shutdown.
Now that Republicans are ready to move ahead with a short-term debt deal that does not affect Obamacare, Jones asked Cruz, “Do you feel like you owe your party an apology?” Jones also added that the Republican Party has become very unpopular since Cruz came into office and became “the most prominent Republican in this town.”
Jones then asked Cruz, “Do you feel like you owe your party an apology? Listen, you have people who believed in you, they believed that you were somehow going to be able to defund Obamacare, they believed the strategy of shutdown might have a chance. They followed you into a ditch. And now, there’s obviously there’s no chance Obamacare will be defunded and we’re on the brink of a horrific default. Do you think that in the reflection of your own heart, you might say, ‘You know what? I’m a new kid here, I think I owe you an apology’?”
Cruz laughed before asking Jones, “I know you desperately want to change the topic from Obamacare,” he said. “Democrats in this town do not want to discuss Obamacare. Why? Because it isn’t working.” He then cited some negative polling numbers for President Obama and Democrats, and praised House Republicans who are “listening to the millions of Americans who are losing their jobs, who are being pushed into part-time work, who are facing skyrocketing health care.”
Senator Whitehouse called the “notion that Obamacare is a failure” a “product of right-wing histrionics,” citing some stories about how well Obamacare has been received in his state.
“The Republican Party decided that Obamacare was going to be a failure early on, before Obamacare was even decided,” Whitehouse said. “It was a political choice to pull all support for anything this president wanted to do. Now they have to live with it, so they have to maintain the story line. But I have to tell you Senator Cruz, I don’t see it at home, I don’t believe it.”
Watch it below, uploaded from Youtube.