Cruz Explains 'The Most Catastrophic Thing Republicans Could Do'

By Susan Jones | November 28, 2016 | 5:02am EST
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

( - "This election was a mandate for change...We can't blow it. We have got to deliver," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"And the most catastrophic thing Republicans could do is go back to business as usual."

Cruz said he's eager to help repeal Obamacare, lift the regulatory burdens on small businesses, and "unleash" energy.

"There are a lot of reasons to be encouraged" about the new team that President-elect Donald Trump is putting together, and Cruz said he plans to work closely with Trump and other Republicans "to deliver on what we promised.

"I've got to say, if we don't -- if we're given the White House and both houses of Congress and we don't deliver, I think there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets. And I think quite rightly. I think people are so fed up with Washington."

Cruz said Trump is assembling an "impressive, serious team" to help him govern the country.

He described Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as a "smart, principled, serious conservative" who is "going to make an excellent attorney general."

"You look at the national security team that's coming around the Trump administration -- it is a strong, serious national security team.

"So I'm encouraged by the team that is coming together, by where there focus is. I'm encouraged by their plan for the first 100 days to act aggressively, lifting the burdens on small businesses and job creators. That's what the president should be doing."

"And from my end, I want to do everything I can to help President Trump have an incredibly successful administration, because if we deliver on the promises, that's how we actually turn the country around, bring back jobs and raise wages for people that are hurting."

Cruz said the election was about jobs: "It was about the fact that, for the last eight years, working men and women in this country have seen their lives -- they've seen wages stagnating. They've seen factories closing. We need an administration that fights every day for the working men and women of this country."

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