Sen. Ted Cruz sat down with conservative radio host Mark Levin at CPAC 2017 to have a conversation about the Constitution. An outline of their discussion is below.
Term limits for members of Congress:
- Cruz called congressional term limits “one of the biggest steps we can take to actually drain the swamp.”
- “Enough already with the corruption in Washington,” he said, emphasizing that “it’s both parties.”
On the 4th Circuit Court gun control decision and the 9th Circuit Court travel ban decision:
- Cruz called both decisions “totally lawless.”
- On the 9th Circuit decision, Cruz pointed out that the Constitution gives the president the power to suspend any sort of immigration if he deems it’s in the national interest.
- As for the 4th Circuit, it ruled that “The Second Amendment doesn’t protect a weapon if it would be useful in a military context.” This makes zero sense.
- Owning a gun is “about protecting your home your family and your life.”
On the separation of powers:
- Cruz said that the first priority of this Congress should be “reining in the out of control regulatory state.”
- “The Constitution is brilliant for accountability,” he said. However, the current regulatory state allows politicians to avoid responsibility and accountability.
- “Reining in the regulatory state would have a massive impact on economic freedom.”
On gridlock in Congress:
- Cruz said that “the Democrats right now are living in an alternative universe.”
- “They are in denial and they are angry,” he said. They’re filibustering absolutely everything.
- Senate Democrats are delusional and under the impression that Hillary Clinton was too moderate, and because of this they will continue to oppose everything conservatives attempt to do.
On future vacancies on the Supreme Court:
- Cruz believes that we’ll have another vacancy on the Court this summer. “And the Left will go into full armageddon meltdown.”
- The next vacancy will be conservatives’ opportunity to restore full constitutional protections.
In closing, Cruz said that, “This year, in 2017, we should repeal Obamacare, confirm a strong conservative to the Supreme Court, and pass fundamental tax reform, ideally a flat tax.”