Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on his record in the Senate now that he has officially launched his presidential campaign.
“On your time in the Senate — this is what some of your critics point to — they say, yes you led the fight on certain issues, but what have you actually accomplished?” Kelly asked Cruz on “The Kelly File.”
“What we’ve accomplished over and over again, in many instances, is stopping bad things from happening,” Cruz responded.
Cruz said that he helped stop gun control legislation from passing in the Senate following the Newtown shooting.
“But when you’re the president, you have to bring together coalitions to get things through,” Kelly hit back. “You can’t just be somebody who stops things. You have to be somebody who gets things through.”
Cruz then boasted that he “had more legislation pass the Senate than all but a handful of Republicans” over the past two years.
Kelly also noted to Cruz that the conservative editorial board at the Wall Street Journal compared him to President Obama, since both launched presidential campaigns as first term senators.
Cruz said Obama was a “backbencher” in the Senate.
“He did not lead on any issues of real significance,” Cruz said. “Nobody could accuse me of being a backbencher.”
Watch the interview via Fox News: