Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday predicted President Barack Obama’s push for new gun control legislation will not only fail, but pave the way for Republicans to recapture the majority in the Senate in 2014.
“I think the consequence, I think he’s going to pay a serious political price,” Cruz said in a radio interview with conservative host Laura Ingraham. “And I think the price that’s going to be paid on this is going to manifest in Senate races in 2014.”
Cruz, who has been at the forefront of the anti-gun control fight, said the proposals coming from Obama and congressional Democrats are unconstitutional and “don’t work.” He said the president has “drunk the Kool-Aid” on gun control and is “high on his own power.”
“He is pushing on every front on guns, and I think it’s really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his own extreme anti-gun agenda,” Cruz said.
The Tea Party-supported senator said it’s clear Obama will have a difficult time getting his proposals through Congress and will “decree it by executive order” instead — something that will cause a serious backlash at the polls.
“I think 2014 is going to be a very, very strong year for conservatives,” Cruz said. “I think we have a real possibility of picking up a majority in the Senate, and I think that will be driven in significant part by the fact that the next two years I think the president is going to continue to do what he’s doing now, which is overreaching and really believing that the nation has become far left. And that is not this country.”
Listen to the full interview here.