ABC News’s Jonathan Karl mocked Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) belief that Obamacare could be repealed while President Barack Obama is in office if the law and the president should get even more unpopular.
Cruz, who tried to defund the Obamacare law even before the disastrous rollout and the multiple waivers that have since been granted, said he believed “every single word” of the law could be repealed in an interview that aired on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
When Karl said that it was safe to assume that the law cannot be repealed while Obama was in office, Cruz did not accept his assumption, arguing instead that there was one scenario in which it could happen. Cruz said politicians on both sides of the aisle are unified by wanting to preserve “their own hide.” If Democrats could face a situation in which they “stand with Obamacare and lose” or “listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office,” the law could be repealed with or without Obama’s permission.
“That’s the one scenario where we can do it in 2015. If not, we’ll do it in 2017,” he said.
After Cruz called Karl out by saying the media treats that as a “bizarre proposition,” Karl interjected to say that it was, indeed, “bizarre.”
Cruz responded that Obamacare is the “most unpopular law in the country” and millions have lost their jobs while premiums have skyrocketed. Cruz said fighting against that law and for the American people is the way to win elections.
Watch Karl’s interview with Ted Cruz below: