President Obama is big on talking smack about people from a safe distance – never up close and personal. However, he’s chosen the wrong person this time. Sen. Ted Cruz, the GOP presidential candidate from Texas, has just called him out. Reporters gathered outside the Capitol Hill Club Wednesday morning were told by Cruz that it is “unbefitting” of the President to launch insults and personal attacks against Republicans who have voiced concerns about potential terrorists coming to the U.S. through the Syrian refugee program.
According to Breitbart Thursday, Cruz was asked by a reporter, “President Obama yesterday said, and I’m going to quote here, ‘When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians – proven Christians – should be admitted, that’s offensive and contrary to American values. I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate on refugees.’ What’s your response to that?”
“It’s fairly remarkable that President Obama has now chosen two days in a row to attack me directly,” Cruz responded. “He just called me offensive, the day before he called me un-American. I think it’s quite rich he chose to make both of those insults on foreign soil while he was abroad attacking me and attacking everyone else in this country who believes we shouldn’t be bringing in tens of thousand of Muslim refugees that the Obama Administration cannot vet to determine whether or not they are ISIS terrorists.” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who was with Cruz, also called Obama’s comments “more than a little rich.”
Tuesday during his trip abroad, the president openly mocked his political opponents. “Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” Obama said. “At first they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me.”
Thursday morning, a displeased Cruz challenged President Obama to a debate over Syrian refugees. “I want to encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz said today. “Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you’re making insults. It’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond, but let’s have a debate.”
“If he actually wants to defend his policy instead of tossing cheap insults, I think that actually would be beneficial to this country,” Cruz said. More than 30 governors across the country, almost all of them Republicans, have now said they don’t want Syrian refugees settling in their states, reports ABC News.
Many have said the answer is to have boots on the ground in Syria. Cruz feels differently. “I don’t believe the answer is sending boots on the ground to Syria,” Cruz added, saying that too many people are eager to get Americans involved in a civil war there.
Cruz has consistently stated that it is important to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. Cruz has said that if he is elected President of the United States, “We will end illegal immigration and there will be no amnesty.”