Cruz: 'Very seriously' considering 2016 prez run
Feb. 9, 2015 at 12:42 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2015 at 7:52 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talked presidential politics and foreign policy in a pair of appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.
On CNN, the Texas Republican said he was "very, very seriously" considering a 2016 run for the presidency. He was also asked about comments made last week by former Gov. Rick Perry that compared Cruz's level of experience as an officeholder to that of Barack Obama when he was elected president.
Cruz responded by throwing back a compliment.
“Listen, I like Rick Perry,” Cruz said. “He was a good governor in the state of Texas. He’s a friend of mine. People occasionally throw rocks in politics. That’s his choice. I’m going to say I think he did a good and effective job as governor of our state.”
Talking to ABC, Cruz was not as deferential to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dinging him on Common Core and immigration.
Cruz called in to the morning shows from Munich, where he was part of a congressional delegation attending an international security conference. While he said he was urging Obama to arm Kurds in the fight against ISIL, he also said he was against sending U.S. troops back to the region.
“American boots on the ground should always be the last step, and we need to exercise other steps before that.”