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Senator Ted Cruz Talks Obamacare, Gay Marriage, and His Homophobic Dad with Jay Leno: VIDEO


Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) paid a visit to Jay Leno last night and ripped the state of the "entrenched" federal government, blasted Obamacare as a "jobs killer", and clarified his "states rights" view of gay marriage.

Leno also asked him about his father, who has been in the news lately for his rabidly homophobic rants about gay people.

"My father's a pastor. He's a man of deep integrity. Some folks have decided to go after him because they want to take some shots at me."


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  1. Please, Ted, run for Prez. Go 'head and waste a boatload of $$$ like that Romney tool. There's nothing like a stupid, poor (in spirit and integrity) chump. Go 2016!

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Nov 9, 2013 11:02:38 AM

  2. "Pastor" and "integrity" don't belong in the same sentence, except with the words "has no" between them.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 9, 2013 11:28:02 AM

  3. It disgusts me a bit how much the audience was clapping for some of his ideas. This man I'd one of the most disingenuous people on the planet! He is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers and I wished people would wake up and realize that that is all the Tea Party is: the political arm of Koch Corp.

    Posted by: Travis | Nov 9, 2013 11:33:14 AM

  4. A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 9, 2013 11:34:48 AM

  5. Jay is a terrible interviewer. Let Tailgunner Ted walk all over him. Name one thing Cruz has done pro-jobs (not anti-ACA). There's nothing, but Jay didn't even ask. Who in TX is "losing healthcare"? Losing junk insurance, maybe, but that's a good thing.

    Posted by: Karen | Nov 9, 2013 11:35:22 AM

  6. Oh, and no, people are "going after" Cruz's bigoted father because they're trying to get at Tailgunner Ted. Daddy was an official campaign surrogate for the kid, and "going after" his bigotry is necessary.

    Posted by: Karen | Nov 9, 2013 11:38:03 AM

  7. I could not force myself to watch this assface last night, and cannot watch him here this morning. Even the sound of his whiny voice sickens me.

    Posted by: Len | Nov 9, 2013 11:38:56 AM

  8. Once Leno finally exits late night television people can contemplate that they cannot get back the hours they wasted watching this relic of a television program. He is the worst interviewer of the late night genre and lobbing softballs at the Canadian native Presidential wannabee last night is just the latest example of his idea of an interview.
    Teddy has done irrevocable damage to so many in the state of Texas --- it is impossible to stomach watching this drivel.

    Posted by: nick | Nov 9, 2013 11:43:30 AM

  9. how does a pastor preaching hate pair with integrity or jesus?

    they are both delusional, and need to be weeded out.

    Posted by: northalabama | Nov 9, 2013 11:48:36 AM

  10. "He's a man of deep integrity"? (i.e. self-imposed ignorance, fear and hatred!) Um, so...he's a man of deep mental-illness. Try that. See? Bingo!!

    Posted by: Geoff | Nov 9, 2013 11:51:51 AM

  11. Many of you may not be aware of Leno's political affiliation. He is a Republican and this is public knowledge. He has brought Cruz on for a specific purpose: to repair his very hated image.

    Leno is about to lose his show and his place in the world so he is going to do what he can, when he can during these last few shows. Thus, expect him to promote the Republicans and degrade Obama and the Democrats.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 9, 2013 11:53:20 AM

  12. Is deep integrity the opposite of shallow integrity?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Nov 9, 2013 11:58:15 AM

  13. Jay Leno is a simpleton of an interviewer, the worst of them. At least David Letterman knows most of his stuff.

    Ted Cruz and his father represents everything that is wrong with America. Sorry to say but the world would be better place as soon as papa Cruz kicks the bucket.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Nov 9, 2013 11:58:29 AM

  14. Integrity, like love, floats on a plane above politics and religion. No one political platform or religion has cornered the market on integrity. There are some republicans democrats jews christians muslims - whatever- with integry, and there are some without. To use "integrity" as justification for your belief system only insults everyone of a different view. That's a wall, not a bridge. Walls accomplish nothing.

    Posted by: Kevin | Nov 9, 2013 12:05:16 PM

  15. Ted, I don't think "integrity" means what you think it means. Your father holding on to a deep and irrational fear of gays, and regularly and vehemently demeaning and degrading them makes him a hateful bigot. That's all.

    Posted by: e.c. | Nov 9, 2013 12:12:01 PM

  16. I love how Leno is a "Republican" just because he is not completely in the tank for Obama. Ridiculous.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 9, 2013 12:12:38 PM

  17. If you want a real howl go look at CBS Denver and the nurse who championed ObamaCare and finds herself now kicked off her plan and her premium 3,500 dollars higher. LOL!

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 9, 2013 12:38:47 PM

  18. The truly sad part of this interview, as someone else mentioned above, is how much applause he received for all the asinine statements he made. What's wrong with this country?

    Posted by: sam | Nov 9, 2013 12:46:27 PM

  19. Yeah, Ted, lie through your teeth about integrity and "the government."


    And Mike: nearly every single one of those "victim" stories were lies. And let's not discount insurance companies lying about policies, and the DOS attacks.

    Really, the 'baggers need a new tact, but they're relying on the glacial thought processes of their base to keep them going.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 9, 2013 12:49:13 PM

  20. Anti-gay minds exist in the absence of integrity, buddy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 9, 2013 1:10:45 PM

  21. Don't correlate the intensity of audience applause to the approval of a guest on a TV show.

    All live studios have microphones hanging from the ceiling that are spread throughout the seating section. The sound technician can mix in the audience mics to bring up the sound level, making a smattering of applause sound like a thundering ovation.

    This technique is also employed for laughter, which explains why Jay's lame jokes seem uproariously funny to the studio audience.

    Viewer manipulation is nothing new. That's what the media does best. They do it for people as well as products.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Nov 9, 2013 1:24:43 PM

  22. Smarmiest dickbomb if there ever was one..

    Posted by: tony | Nov 9, 2013 1:31:09 PM

  23. I think Leno did a pretty good job here. He spent the entire interview as an antagonist based on the questions he was asking.

    Posted by: Patrick Dark | Nov 9, 2013 2:49:46 PM

  24. I never watch Fox News, why would I watch Jay Leno?

    Posted by: Twitdude | Nov 9, 2013 3:24:39 PM

  25. Ted Cruz is proof that a rotten apple does not fall far from a tree either.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2013 3:50:26 PM

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