Megyn Kelly asked pressed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on what he has "actually accomplished" Tuesday night, going on to challenge the senator with a series of questions about how he would perform in the White House.
Appearing on Fox News' "The Kelly File," Cruz pushing back against critics who have expressed concern over the fact that he is a junior senator who, much like President Barack Obama back in 2008, only spent a few years in the Senate before launching a presidential campaign.
"There are marked differences between my background and Barack Obama's," Cruz said. "We're both first-term senators, we both went to Harvard, but there are marked differences."
Cruz accused Obama of being "basically a backbencher" during his time in the Senate, saying he "did not lead on any issues of real significance" — something Cruz said isn't true of himself.
While Kelly noted that Cruz has certainly fought hard on many issues, she pointedly asked, "What have you actually accomplished?"
Cruz said he's been able to stop "bad things from happening," citing Obama's gun control proposals as a key example.
"I did everything I could to energize and mobilize the grassroots to stand up and protect the Second Amendment," he said, noting that all of the proposals were subsequently voted down on the Senate floor.
Kelly pushed the issue even harder, telling Cruz that as president, he would need to do bring people together to achieve progress.
"When you're the leader, when you're the president, you have to bring coalitions together to get things through," she said. "You can't just be somebody who stops things. You actually have to be somebody who gets things through."
Cruz said a president must be able to "do both," citing what he said is a robust and positive legislative record.
"Well, you've got to do both … in the last two years virtually nothing passed the Senate," he countered. "But as a freshman senator, I had more legislation pass the Senate than all but a handful of Republicans."
Watch the interview below: