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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz: The Point of Attending College is to Encounter Different Ideas and Learn to Understand Those Who Disagree With You

Discusses the assault on the First Amendment on college campuses, among other topics on ‘Fox and Friends’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, appeared on ‘Fox and Friends,’ to discuss today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” Sen. Cruz also discussed his efforts to reform healthcare and lower premiums, and reduce the burden of federal regulations and simplify the tax code. 

On the assault on the First Amendment on college campuses, Sen. Cruz said: 

“If you look at what’s happening on universities it is heartbreaking,” Sen. Cruz said. “They have become these so called ‘protected safe spaces,’ where anything that challenges the left-wing orthodoxy is silenced, is muzzled, is shouted down. Universities should be a place where you go to get your ideas challenged, where you go to discover hard difficult ideas, and to discover what you believe. The whole point of a university – you know when I was in college I took classes from Marxists. And I was glad that I did. You want to understand the ideas on the other side, the ideas that are wrong. And yet today’s Leftist college administrators and faculties – they’re so afraid of being challenged. They can’t defend their ideas and they just want to muzzle students. It’s wrong and it’s inconsistent with the role of a university which is to train young minds.”

When asked about the effort to repeal Obamacare, Sen Cruz reiterated his efforts to deliver on the promises made to the American people, and lower premiums:

“When it comes to Obamacare I can tell you I am working day and night, every waking moment, trying to bring Republicans together to focus on, number one, delivering our promises to repeal this disastrous law,” Sen. Cruz said. “But number two, critically, the most important issue, we’ve got to lower premiums. The biggest reason people are unhappy with Obamacare, their premiums have skyrocketed. The average family’s premiums have risen over $5,000 a year. We've got to fix that…I think that if we focus on lowering premiums we can bring together conservatives, we can bring together moderates, we can bring together Republicans, and actually fill the mandate the American people sent us here to do.”

Sen. Cruz’s appearance may be viewed here