Colbert Interviews Ted Cruz, Challenges Candidate On Reagan & Compromising, Gay Marriage


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz appears on CBS's The Late Show with host Stephen Colbert.

Colbert and Cruz talk about running for president, Donald Trump, gay marriage, and Ronald Reagan compromising on immigration and taxes. Colbert continually pressed the candidate if raising taxes and amnesty for illegal immigrants is something he could agree with. When gay marriage came out, Cruz explained to Colbert how it is a state issue, citing the Tenth Amendment.

COLBERT: Reagan raised taxes, okay. Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Ronald Reagan to be nominated today. So at what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan? Isn't that from a period of time he was willing to work with Tip O'Neill across stuff done? Isn't that what people want more than anything else, not just principle but action?

SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, I'll tell you, number one is that I travel the country. I haven't seen anyone saying, 'The thing we want from Republicans is to give in more to Barack Obama and the direction we're going. I don't hear that across the country.

COLBERT: But are those aspects of Reagan something you could agree with? Raising taxes and amnesty for illegal immigrants. Could you agree with Reagan on those two things?

CRUZ: No, of course not. But Ronald Reagan also signed the largest tax cut in history. He reduced government regulations from Washington and economic growth exploded...

COLBERT: But when conditions changed in the country, he reversed his world's largest tax cut and raised taxes when revenues did not match the expectations. So, it's a matter of compromising. Will you be willing to compromise with the other side? Because I would say it's possible, entirely possible that your plan might be the right one. If it turns out not to be the right one, would you be willing to compromise with the other side, change your mind, and do something that the other side wants and not feel like you capitulated with the devil?

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