Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz tells NRA forum that GOP voters should judge conservatives by their deed not words. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz, told an NRA forum that GOP voters should judge conservatives by their deed not words. "In a Republican primary, every candidate is going to stand up and say I oppose Obamacare," he said. "The question we ought to ask is great, when have you stood up and fought to stop Obamacare." The conservative firebrand who frequently clashes with leaders of his Republican Party, was the first major figure from either party to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential election race. Cruz, age 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate. The Canadian-born son of a Cuban immigrant, Cruz, would be the first Hispanic in the White House if he won the November 2016 election. In his time in the Senate, he has sometimes drawn the scorn of senior Republicans. Arizona Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, famously called him and other Tea Party lawmakers "wacko birds" in 2013. Later that year, Cruz pushed his party to force a 16-day government shutdown in an unsuccessful effort to deny funding to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. He led a similar effort this year, also unsuccessful, to block Obama's effort to remove the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants.