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Ted Cruz Talks Gay Marriage, Gun Control in Late Night Debut With Jay Leno

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his late night debut on Friday, appearing on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno to discuss a wide range of issues, including gay-marriage, gun control and the potential for a future government shutdown.

"I've been reading a lot about you lately, and they describe you as aggressive, arrogant and abrasive. Accurate?" Leno asked to open up the show.

"I don't know that you can believe everything you read," Cruz jokingly countered. "You know, what I'm trying to do is do my job. And occasionally, people don't like that."

Leno pressed the conservative firebrand on gay-marriage, asking the Texas senator where he stands on the issue.

"I support marriage between one man and one woman," Cruz said. "But I also think it’s a question for the states. Some states have made decisions one way on gay marriage. Some states have made decisions the other way. And that’s the great thing about our Constitution, is different states can make different decisions depending on the values of their citizens."

The late-night host also asked Cruz about the potential for another government shutdown in the next few months.

"Are we going to have another shutdown in February?" asked Leno. "Are we going to do this again?"

"I certainly hope not," Cruz replied, resting the blame for the previous shutdown at President Barack Obama's feet.

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