Sen. Ted Cruz: What Obama Should Say in His State of the Union

By Susan Jones | January 27, 2014 | 7:13am EST

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP File Photo)

( - "If President Obama wants to give an honest, candid State of the Union address this week, he'll address the fact that his economic policies are not working and that they're exacerbating income inequality, they're hurting the people who are struggling the most," Sen. Ted Cruz told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Cruz (R-Texas) has posted the following list of questions that he says President Obama should address in his speech Tuesday night:

1. Will the President allow the Department of Justice to appoint a special prosecutor to fully investigate the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservatives?

2. Will the President protect the privacy of law-abiding citizens from unjustifiable violations by the National Security Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Health and Human Services?

3. Will the President recognize that his economic policies have failed to create the millions of jobs that he promised and have, instead, reduced the labor force participation rate to its lowest level in decades? Will he commit to job-creating policies such as the immediate authorization of the Keystone Pipeline, a moratorium on new regulations, and fundamental tax reform for every American?

4. Will the President call on Congress to form a Joint Select Committee to finally discover the truth of why four Americans perished in a preventable terrorist attack in Benghazi 16 months ago?

5. Will the President recognize that it was a mistake to ram through Obamacare on a party-line vote and that it is hurting millions of Americans?

"Each of the questions I put up are questions the people are asking," Cruz told CBS's Bob Schieffer on Sunday. "Now, I think the odds that the president will answer them are not high, but it's what he should if he was listening to the concerns the people are raising."

Cruz said he and other Republicans were right to take a stand against Obamacare last fall: "And you know, for the State of the Union, one of the things President Obama really ought to do is look in the TV camera and say to the over 5 million Americans all across this country who have had their health insurance cancelled because of Obamacare, to look in the camera and say, 'I'm sorry, I told you if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it; I told you if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, and that wasn't true. I'm sorry.'

"But then, Bob, here's the real kicker: If you're really sorry, you don't just say you're sorry, you actually do something to fix the problem. The pattern we've seen over and over again with this president is he says he's sorry, he expresses outrage, but then he doesn't fix the problem; he keeps doing it over and over again."

Cruz said he never threatened to shut down the government; It was Democrats who forced the shutdown by refusing to even partially fund federal operations.

"I didn't threaten to shut down the government the last time. I don't think we should ever shut down the government. I repeatedly voted to fund the federal government, and we still head a shutdown."

Cruz said it was Harry Reid and President Obama who forced the shutdown to make Republicans look bad: "But Bob, look: I understand that the White House said over and over again the shutdown is the Republicans' fault. And I understand, that's what you're repeating. But the reality is, I voted over and over again to fund the federal government, and the reason we had a shutdown -- Look, the Democrats were very candid. I know they told you, they said, we think the shutdown benefits us politically. Right now the Democrats are telling you that they want another shutdown because they think it benefits them politically.

"Why is it hard to understand that they forced a shutdown when they think it benefits them politically?

Asked if he will agree to raise the debt ceiling next month without asking for anything in return, Cruz said certainly not: "Of course we should do something. We shouldn't just write a blank check."

He noted that five years ago, the national debt was $10 trillion, and today's it's more than $17 trillion -- a nearly 70 percent increase under one president.

"And if you ask any American outside of Washington should we just keep raising the debt ceiling while doing nothing to have fundamental structural controls on spending to get Washington's spending problem under control, it doesn't matter if you're talking to a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, a libertarian. Anyone outside of Washington says, of course."

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