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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz on ‘The Mark Levin Show’

Discusses free speech on college campuses and repeal and replace of Obamacare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Mark Levin to discuss the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the assault on the First Amendment at colleges and universities across America. Sen. Cruz also shared his efforts to deliver on the promises made to the American people by repealing and replacing Obamacare to lower health insurance premiums and provide more consumer choice and freedom. 

 On the First Amendment, Sen. Cruz emphasized the importance of upholding free speech on college campuses.

 “When you and I went to school we would have vigorous arguments, we would have protests, we would have people who were passionate on both or multiple sides of issues, but that’s what college was all about,” Sen. Cruz said. “You look at so many colleges and universities now and the faculty and the administrators are afraid of debate. They’re afraid of disagreement. There are far too many of them are hard core leftists and they use the punitive power of the university to punish anyone who disagrees with them and to silence speakers who dare disagree. It’s inconsistent not just with First Amendment and the Bill of Rights, but its inconsistent with the fundamental mission of a university which is to train young minds to think and to help young people discover what they believe.” 

On healthcare reform, Sen. Cruz reaffirmed his commitment to repeal Obamacare and lower health insurance premiums.

 “What the voters have said is ‘Obamacare is a disaster and we don’t want it’” Sen. Cruz said. “The working group that is meeting, grew out of a working group that initially I worked with Lamar Alexander to bring together. Mike Lee was a part of it, Tom Cotton was a part of it, Rob Portman was part of it, Cory Gardner was a part of it and it began as a collaborative process, and it’s grown in to a larger working group that has been collaborative going forward. As we’re sitting here tonight Mark, I don’t what’s in the bill. The bill is being drafted by the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff. They have heard the views of all of the members. They have heard the views of conservatives who are focused on lowering premiums, and giving more authority and flexibility to the states – honoring the tenth amendment, honoring federalism. If the draft we see this week reflects those views, I think that will be a good thing.”

Audio from the radio interview may be found here.