Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Monday he expects a “very productive and positive relationship” with Congress if he becomes President, despite a reputation among his Senate colleagues for grandstanding and obstructionism.
Responding to a taped question on “Good Morning America” from an unbound Louisiana delegate about how he would mend fences in Congress, Cruz compared himself to Ronald Reagan taking on Gerald Ford.
“I will plead guilty to having stood up to the career politicians in Washington, stood up to both Democrats and leaders of my own party, because what’s happening in Washington is broken,” Cruz said. “Fast-forward after we win, once we win, I believe that I’m going to have a very productive and positive relationship with Congress.”
Cruz compared his campaign to then-California Gov. Reagan taking on incumbent President Ford in the 1976 primary “because he believed Republicans weren’t standing for anything,” and said he, like Reagan, would go on to work hand in hand with Congress if elected.
Just four of Cruz’s colleagues in the Senate have endorsed his presidential bid, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who once joked that the Texas senator could be killed on the floor of the Senate and nobody would be convicted.
Watch video of Cruz’s town hall remarks over at ABC News.