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Sen. Cruz Discusses Border Security with National Review Editor Rich Lowry at CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined National Review editor Rich Lowry on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for a conversation about the fight to secure the border, and news of the day.

Excerpts of the interview are below. Watch Sen. Cruz’s interview here.

When asked about the border wall fight, Sen. Cruz argued that the fight on the border wall funding was not about substance.

“On immigration, you used to have Democrats who would say, ‘yes we should secure the border and we should have amnesty.’ That was the old Democratic position and a lot of Republicans. Now, their position is, ‘no don’t secure the border at all, let everyone in, and have amnesty,’” Sen. Cruz said to Lowry. “If you look at the fight over the border wall it’s important to understand it wasn’t about substance. So in 2013 not too many years ago Chuck Schumer and every single Democrat in the Senate voted in favor of 350 miles of new border wall. The shutdown we just had a month ago was over 234 miles of new border wall. Same new border wall. Now, look, I’m not smart enough to explain how you’re for 350 miles of new wall but willing to shut the government down to stop 234 miles of new wall.”