February 20th, 2014
02:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz jokes Washington would need a whole lot of 'Alka Seltzer' if he became president

Beaumont, Texas (CNN) - Can Ted Cruz imagine being in the Oval Office in 2017?

He didn't say no, but he did pause to acknowledge how much heartburn that would cause the people he likes to call the Washington establishment.


"I think you'd probably have to - to buy some Alka Seltzer for an awful lot of people in Washington, if - if 2017 occurred and that happened," Cruz said with a chuckle.

Cruz's light hearted response quickly turned serious – since he was responding to a question about Ukraine – what he would do if he were in commander-in-chief and Kiev was burning.

"Let me answer it this way. Whoever is president in 2017, I very much hope Kiev is not still on fire. What is happening in Ukraine right now is both incredibly heartening and incredibly tragic," Cruz told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"It is heartening to see thousands upon thousands of protesters standing up for freedom, standing up braving the brutal cold; standing up facing violent opposition, facing kidnapping, facing torture, facing murder; and standing up because they want to stand with the West. They want to stand with America. They want to stand with Europe."

Cruz also advocated sanctions as a tool for the U.S. now.

"We should be imposing sanctions on the government officials in Ukraine right now who are oppressing, who are torturing the protesters," said Cruz.

He also pushed for a free trade agreement with Ukraine to help them develop energy infrastructure, "so that they don't have to rely on Russia for gas and be blackmailed, but instead, we can export our abundant resources here to them."

"That's the sort of positive foreign policy that protects our interests that the United States ought to be producing under President Obama and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Clinton before him," said Cruz.

Cruz doesn't stand with Rand – on making issue of Bill Clinton as a "predator"

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a potential Cruz rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been making an issue of Bill Clinton's affair while president in the 1990's with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, calling the former president a "predator" for taking advantage of a 20 year old intern.

But Cruz didn't follow Paul's lead on that line of attack.

"I'm a lot less concerned with Bill Clinton's escapades decades ago than I am with - with Hillary Clinton's, uh, consistently wrong record when it comes to foreign policy, when it comes to domestic policy," said Cruz.

Instead he took the opportunity to assail Hillary Clinton, who is seriously considering another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"The people who are getting hammered under the Obama economy, they're young people, they're Hispanics, they're African-Americans, they're single moms.  And throughout her tenure, Hillary Clinton has embraced the same far left agenda before ObamaCare, there was HillaryCare.  And that agenda hurts people who are struggling," said Cruz.

With Ted Cruz, there is none of the usual feigning or pretending about his presidential ambitions. He openly nods, and smiles, when asked about the subject.

Still, Cruz may not be coy about having presidential ambitions,  but he is – dare we say – a traditional politician – on the question of when he'd make it official.

"You know, my focus and - and you've heard this before - is on the Senate," said Cruz, pointing to the debt ceiling fight last week he waged against his own party in the Senate.

We asked if that was part of your 2016 campaign,.

"No, that was part of doing the job I promised Texans I would do," said Cruz.


Filed under: 2016 • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Rand Paul • Ted Cruz • Texas
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. smith

    @Rudy-Google changes made to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Also, Time magazine did a great article about the faulty parties with regards to the economic crash of 2008. Google both and enjoy.

    February 20, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Parker

    It will take a lot more than Alka Seltzer to get this nut job elected to anything beyond the boarders of the state of Texas. The country has enough of Teapublicans from Texas. If you want wars, more tax cuts for the wealthy, cutting benefits to the most needy, and an unending attack equal rights including reproductive rights, then please vote for The Wing Nut, aka Ted Cruz. If you do not live in Texas, you wouldn't let this guy be elected to anything other than Village Idiot. But if he was elected Village Idiot, it would be an insult to village idiots everywhere.

    February 20, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. salty dog

    If he becomes president, I'm moving to Cuba!

    February 20, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. smith

    It`s funny to see liberals all up in arms over Cruz`s immigration status. Weren`t you the same people calling the birthers crazy loons? Now you do the same as they did.

    February 20, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    Then, I guess it's a darn good thing that he's never going to be President...

    February 20, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    @smith – It`s funny to see liberals all up in arms over Cruz`s immigration status. Weren`t you the same people calling the birthers crazy loons? Now you do the same as they did.
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    The difference being smitty, that the birther arguments were lame and wrong and anyone with 2 functioning brain cells knew that. Teddy – while he CAN be a US Senator – is NOT an nbc (natural born citizen) since he was born in another country to a Cuban father (unlike the POTUS) and isn't even eligible to run for the office.. I can put that in large print if it makes the difference easier for you to understand?

    February 20, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    tom l
    "It was inane when repubs were saying Obama wasn't eligible to be president because it was obvious he was due to his mother being an American citizen. It is even more amazing to me to see the idiocy on these boards. Why do you think it's ok to say the things you do?"

    Well, tom I. To give our President credit ... he WAS born on U.S. soil (in the great state of Hawaii).

    February 20, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Since this will never happen, I'm sure the good folks at Bayer Corporation (makers of Alka Seltzer) are disappointed. But no one else is.

    February 20, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    It was inane when repubs were saying Obama wasn't eligible to be president because it was obvious he was due to his mother being an American citizen. It is even more amazing to me to see the idiocy on these boards.

    Why do you think it's ok to say the things you do?
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    "Why do I think it's okay to say the things I do?

    FIFY

    February 20, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Google changes made to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton. Also, Time magazine did a great article about the faulty parties with regards to the economic crash of 2008. Google both and enjoy.
    ------------------------–
    I already know that Glass-Steagall was repealed under Clinton. I've alread told you that the bill was sponsored by Graham. Did you do your own homework and read up on the changes that Republicans passed in 2005 under Bush? I'll save you the effort. One of the things they did was to relax the rules, which allowed banks to take extremely higher risks with other people's money. That change came right on the heels of the ADDI, and complemented it perfectly.

    February 20, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. CATX

    salty dog

    If he becomes president, I'm moving to Cuba!
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And what a great day that would be! You – Internet access = AWESOME!

    February 20, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    I would think that the country has either lost our collective mind or has had a serious case of voter fraud if Cruz is elected president. I don't even think that he is eligible.

    February 20, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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