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May 18, 2015
The nuclear force has been plagued with scandals: cheating, drugs, alcohol abuse, gambling. It’s very powerful and I think it’s very real.
KARL (voice-over): Senator Paul agreed to be interviewed on THIS WEEK to give his perspective, but at the last minute he backed out. leadership is critical in the world. He did that in ’08 at the end of the Bush era, when Bush was weak. I think this is just something to turn up the heat. And they work less now than ever before.
KARL: Obama didn’t invent Putin’s aggression.
NAVARRO: And it really looked like a Noah’s Ark. Plus what’s next for Republicans after this week’s conservative all-star bash?
NAVARRO: It’s part revival, it’s part carnival scene. And just this weekend, a new reminder — a Russian military official hinting the Ukraine crisis may lead them to consider suspending inspections of the Russian nuclear arsenal.
RADDATZ: Colonel Steve Ganyard is back with us now.
And so Putin — you better believe Putin sees in Benghazi four Americans are murdered and nothing happens. He is scoring huge points on his foreign policy. This week survivors of priestly sexual abuse were outraged by his remark that the church is unfairly under attack. I go to different Masses around town sometimes. Three days of music and tough talk.
CRUZ: Absolutely, yes. That’s his mentality.
RADDATZ: And that is dangerous in itself.
RADDATZ: Thanks, Jon.
KARL (voice-over): In other words, expect an even feistier Ted Cruz if Republicans win big in the fall.
What is Ted Cruz up to?
RADDATZ: But, Peggy, is this just rhetoric? Some of it. So this is not…
RADDATZ: — is it an appropriate time to be criticizing foreign policy?
KARL: We can acknowledge that that’s not going to happen while Barack Obama is president, right?
Lots more round table ahead. So it’s as if the party has not moved forward at all with that since 2012.
CRUZ: I’m a big fan of Rand Paul. Behind blast doors, inside five foot thick concrete walls, launch officers have their fingers on the nuclear trigger.
NAVARRO: He did a great job on his speech.
RADDATZ: That very real threat of nuclear war seems a long time ago. So that’s a good thing.
NAVARRO: — it’s part…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think he’s done a lot to shake up things.
It’s also significant, I think, that the president had every chance in the past year, Republicans were coming to him and saying, please, hold this off. 71 percent see major change.
He’s such a normal guy. Come on, we’re in Washington, D.C.
So I think those…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He did.
So his latest delay in fully implementing the law will allow insurers to offer health plans that do not meet the minimum coverage requirements for another two years. I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. Each missile silo is connected, along with nine others, to a control capsule nearby, buried 60 feet underground. Is this another example of the law not being ready for prime time? Hit you with that.
RADDATZ: Thanks, David.
CASTRO: It’s either for them it’s either all or nothing. There are a host of things we can do. But watching developments this week, it was hard not to think about those bad old days of the cold war. Not when it started. You can’t cancel it, but delay it for a year, do this, do that. So I feel very welcome here.
Now we are where we are, and I think it’s time that people get together and what the actions should be, what the sanctions need to be and where we go forward.
NAVARRO: Oh, I think there’s been criticism…
ZELENY: It is. He’s not being judgmental.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Step one launch is started.
CRUZ: Every single word.
KARL: I mean, let’s not forget that they invaded Georgia when George W. The United States has a responsibility to defend our values.
No, it’s an acknowledgment that some folks had plans that they wanted to keep. I’ll go with Nixon.
RADDATZ: But the polling says it really isn’t making a difference with people. You know, I think that he has been a voice for unity, of compassion, of service, of paying attention to the most vulnerable in society. Right away, the Republicans jumped on the president, when this should have been a moment that the country was really rallying around the United States and coming together. And before we go, a special word about the executive at the helm of this program, Washington bureau chief Robin Sproul, she’s being honored this week with a First Amendment Service Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.”. When you are embracing the world, the world loves it. He’s talking about income inequality, yes, but he has also gotten rid of the throne and gotten rid of the Prada slippers and lives in humility.
CRUZ: It is…
CASTRO: Thank you.
RADDATZ: Why the excitement?
NOONAN: I mean, oh, my goodness. And I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force aboard. They don’t to want improve it.
RADDATZ: But what gave you that voice? Why is it so different?
KARL (voice-over): Cruz’s approach stands in stark contrast with fellow tea partier Rand Paul. Bush was president. But it’s also on foreign policy and the crisis in Russia. sending fighter jets to Eastern Europe. And that’s just, unfortunately, not way that Putin and the Russian Federation sees the rest of the world.
That ICBM, though unarmed, an especially sharp reminder that America still remains on alert for nuclear war.
CRUZ: Well, but — but, look…
CRUZ: No. The woman running this booth has a new favorite, Ted Cruz.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Two, one, (INAUDIBLE).
GANYARD: It is. RAND PAUL (R), KENTUCKY: I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.
RADDATZ: OK, thank you very much for joining us this morning, Mr. GEN. These are not best plans on the market, but I think it’s an acknowledgment by the administration that some folks do want to keep them.
RADDATZ: Now we honor our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. That pressure has been overwhelming for some. I really do.
SEN. I’ll be there to introduce her for this well-deserved salute. It’s really because it’s limited. We probably won’t be too concerned about it. President, what the hell are we paying you for?
NAVARRO: You know, I talked to priests in Florida, and they tell me the same thing, that he has brought more people to church. Pope Francis, 84 percent favorable Twitter mentions, it was 30 percent for Benedict. He would not play ball with them. You feel like, you know, any moment you’re going to pick up the phone and he’s going to be on the other line.
CASTRO: I don’t think they have. Chairman.
KARL: It’s the year’s biggest gathering of possible Republican presidential candidates.
RADDATZ: It’s not the most exciting job in the military.
So I was struck by how focused on foreign policy CPAC was, just because it’s coming at this big moment.
RADDATZ: Even though it comes with an unbelievable responsibility. Just days before Putin invaded Crimea, Paul said: “I think we need to have a respectful, sometimes adversarial, but a respectful relationship with Russia.”
COKIE ROBERTS, ABC POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR: He has become a celebrity, and he’s clearly uncomfortable with that to some disagree.
CRUZ: — “every single word of ObamaCare.”
(on camera): Senator Rand Paul said: “Some on our side are so stuck in the Cold War era, they want to tweak Russia all the time, and I don’t think that’s a good idea.” What’s your reaction to that?
KARL: So you honestly think there’s a chance that you can get ObamaCare repealed, every word, as you say?
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, ma’am.
RADDATZ: Did the Republicans really expand their brand?
RADDATZ: President Nixon, President Nixon. And if enough Congressional Democrats realize they either stand with ObamaCare and lose, or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that’s the one scenario we could do it in 2015. There was social conservatives, libertarians, foreign policy hawks, foreign policy doves.
The roundtable is here. That’s my idea of a family reunion.
ROGERS: Well, listen, you know, well, domestically, he doesn’t have a lot going on. There is this clear division over foreign policy. Today, Pope Francis is the most talked about person on the worldwide web, almost single-highhandedly redefining the Catholic brand.
But, oh, by the way, Crimea is in the Black Sea, so we’re patrolling the wrong sea with our airplanes. When the protests began in Ukraine, the president should have stood unapologetically, emphatically for freedom. Chris Christie top of the list. And I don’t think we’ve seen something like it in the past.
KARL: With Obama in the White House?
NOONAN: They asked for a delay.
CRUZ: The Affordable Care Act that will destroy…
You know, Germany has — is so tied to the Russian economy, both from energy and direct business connections back into Russia. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded.
ANA NAVARRO, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: I think you’re absolutely right. And so some are charging that the Ukrainian overthrow in Kiev was illegal. JACK WEINSTEIN, COMMANDER, 20TH AIR FORCE: The system is safe 24 hours a day. He’s a man of principles.
RADDATZ: Quickly, Mr. CPAC is, you know, it’s part political convention…
CASTRO: Their only approach has been repeal. There was one of every type of (INAUDIBLE) that was in the Republican Party. On stage, Cruz also blasted fellow Republicans he sees as too wishy-washy, including three of the biggest GOP names over the last three decades.
SEN. Number one, don’t demonstrate weakness for five years. That’s the Russians’ perspective, which would allow them, under their interpretation of the law, to have a vote to secede the Crimean Peninsula, to secede from the Ukraine. He got a big applause line.
(voice-over): We traveled to missile sites and training facilities to see how the Air Force maintains the nuclear arsenal. I want to read something that Senator Lindsey Graham Tweeted. No, look, not at all.
RADDATZ: Thanks, Steve.
I do think that he wants to be back on the world stage, he wants to be a world influence. I sleep well at night knowing the people we have out there. That excitement is because he has brought a fresh air to the Catholic Church. And some of the criticisms are very valid. So that’s one quick takeaway.
REP. I think that’s making a huge difference. We’ve seen a huge division here.
(voice-over): But if the president gave the word, they would be ready.
And now back with the “Roundtable.” The perfect “Roundtable” for this subject since all of our panelists are Catholic.
CASTRO: Well, not at the beginning. He started wearing tortoise shell glasses and got…
NAVARRO: OK, that was a hard one.
And later, the Francis effect. There’s a contingent patrolling the Baltics up there.
We can’t get ships, we couldn’t put an aircraft carrier by treaty into the Black Sea. Now look, those are good men, they’re decent men, but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.
ZELENY: It was 2,000 pages. But essentially, the nuclear warhead is just 10 feet below me.
NOONAN: But is there still a law? Is there still an Obamacare law? It’s been changed in 25 ways.
NOONAN: It’s also an acknowledgment that this whole thing didn’t work from the day the website was unveiled.
WRIGHT: According to a new Pew poll, 85 percent of Catholics view him favorably. Obama now.
Right back in just two minutes.
So what’s next? The roundtable weighs in after ABC’s David Wright.
NAVARRO: Frankly, that he’s focusing on the people. I think up to date, we thought it was a different century and the administration thought well, if we — you know, if we just act nice, everyone will act nice with us. And I think people like me who were disengaged, disenfranchised, and felt very disappointed with the hierarchy and the structures of the church, but we still believed in God, now have a voice that is drawing us back, because he…
RADDATZ: OK, so who was the first president to meet with the pope at the Vatican?
That Tuesday lunch they have, every Tuesday? He is going to need a food-taster.
RADDATZ: Back with more about the current pope and the Francis effect right after this.
GANYARD: I think this is just more saber-rattling by the Russians. If there’s one things that unifies politicians of both parties, you know, their top priority is preserving their own hide. Millions of people have lost their jobs, have lost their health care, have been forced into part-time work, have their premiums skyrocketing. That’s a problem. He’s utterly unfazed by the return fire he’s taking from those who say he’s hurting the party with his brand of no-compromise politics.
MAJ. He’s focusing on what the church should focus on: serving the poor, serving the needy. That’s how we win elections and that’s also how we repeal ObamaCare.
RADDATZ: Then the powerhouse “Roundtable” with instant analysis of Cruz. You heard if from Ted Cruz who is essentially the leader of the Tea Party.
KARL: Sanctions? Would you do sanctions?
ROGERS: And now you have a whole new different set of laws we’re going to have to unwind in order to see what — where we can go, from an international perspective.
NAVARRO: He’s the most successful non-political politician that there is in the world. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” those words changed the course of history. Not anymore.
What is he trying to prove?
NOONAN: I have been struck, actually, when it comes to criticizing President Obama, he, it doesn’t seem to me, in some respects, is acting like there is an air of crisis or urgency here. That Putin fears no retribution. Texas Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro, Peggy Noonan from “The Wall Street Journal,” ABC’s senior Washington correspondent, Jeff Zeleny, and Republican strategist and ABC News contributor, Ana Navarro.
That’s all for us today. And I like him.
You better believe that Putin sees that in Syria, Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.
We heard Jon’s report, his take.
RADDATZ: I want to move to the politics of Ukraine crisis. But it is early days, his first time as pope leading this season of sacrifice. So I think he has been a very good voice and it has spilled over into politics.
NAVARRO: But this last announcement about this new delay is that I think there’s almost a numbing to all these delays and exceptions. Take a look at some of the headlines.
I really think Obamacare as a domestic public policy event is
even huger than all of us think. Sometimes he acts like a guy who, ah, I don’t want to be president, meaning he doesn’t do some standard peaceful party embracing and bringing people together.
RADDATZ: I want to move to the Obamacare delay. One year after becoming pope, are big changes ahead for the church?
Look, I’m Irish. Or is there really going to be a change? Do you see a future of change?
SEN. Bush would agree with that?
(on camera): So The Wall Street Journal called you a “minority-maker.” And I took a little heat for saying…
WRIGHT: According to the Pew poll, the Francis effect hasn’t yet translated into higher attendance in church. But this is a most extraordinary failure by an administration that put all of its chips on it working and it is not.
GANYARD: Right. It is politics no question.
NAVARRO: And everybody was saying their piece and got a pretty good reception.
RADDATZ: OK. And that strikes a chord with millions and millions of American Catholics. Congratulations, Robin.
What’s going on with him?
But Putin sometimes makes his moves when he perceives an American president to be weak. JOAQUIN CASTRO (D), FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: I think…
KARL: CPAC brings together the right and far right: libertarians, gun enthusiasts, tea partiers. So how would you stand up? What would you do? Military action?
I want to look down at a few other numbers from this Pew poll. And this signals a — I guess, a break that the old adage that the politics stops at the water’s edge is completely out the window. That’s the biggest point here, that the biggest point. That he’s being inclusive, not exclusive. It’s just sort of the…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I am a gay man. I mean — but we did see sort of a difference in who was willing to criticize the president.
What’s your take, impressions, different tone?
RADDATZ: — why was he wearing tortoiseshell glasses?
NAVARRO: That there hasn’t been criticism?
KARL: Well, it is.
JONATHAN KARL, ABC CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: So you honestly think there’s a chance that you could get Obamacare repealed? Every word, as you’ve said.
CRUZ: Well, Jon, I will tell you, you’ve actually become somewhat of a folk hero back in Texas. I think U.S. And go to church.
When you are going like this at the world, the world can spoof you. The cover of Rolling Stone, now there’s even a Francis fanzine.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Most of us here think about that pretty much every time we’re on alert.
And we keep making that mistake with Putin. You know, and every year, CPAC really is a demonstration of their extremism. Russian troops on the march, the U.S. He said, “It started with Benghazi. This pope, it seems to me, (INAUDIBLE) the greatest teaching of Jesus Christ was the Beatitudes: blessed are the poor. And so
you know the latest story and it is what it is. And that is something that I haven’t seen that for a long time.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Even if it’s going to hurt him politically, he will stand behind his principles. I’m having a hard time keeping track of what…
RADDATZ: Conservative all-stars headlining this week’s CPAC convention, where a big question seems to be what will it take for the GOP to unite? Some key stars looking to take the party in different directions, including the top two finishers in Saturday’s straw poll: Rand Paul; and our next guest, Ted Cruz, who in less than two years has shot from obscurity to Republican star.
Then you have this — the notion of if they do that, now you have this different legal status. We went back and I had multiple gatherings where people came up and actually asked if they could serve as the food tasters.
Another said Putin basically came to the conclusion after Benghazi, Syria, equipping, everything Obama has been engaged in, he’s a weak, indecisive leader.”
NOONAN: What happens next?
JEFF ZELENY, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: I mean, Paul Ryan is right, there are a lot of different views. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: Every single word.
ZELENY: Yes, it has spilled over into politics. I would also say that, you know, him being Latino and Hispanic…
Here’s Jon Karl.
NAVARRO: There’s been plenty of criticism.
Don’t forget “World News with David Muir” tonight. It makes us look, I think, rather foolish to put airplanes a thousand miles away.
SEN. And do we really want to go and rattle saber in the face of the Russians? The things that we have done, we’ve put six more F-16s, if we look at the map, up in Lithuania. And if you look at the way they try to do it, it’s just repeal or it’s nothing. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R), NEW JERSEY: If that is your attitude, Mr. And right now, Washington isn’t listening to those people. The Pope, he said, is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps soundly, and has friends just like everyone else.
CRUZ: Yes, I’ll give you one scenario where it could. Paul Ryan has said he has breathed new life into the debate about poverty.
NAVARRO: Marco Rubio owns the foreign policy mantel amongst the new generation of Republicans.
We’re back in just two minutes with the roundtable’s instant analysis of Senator Cruz and those Republican risks heading into 2016.
ROBERTS: The big change I’m looking for from this pope is how he puts his words into actions.
NOONAN: He has removed some of the stigmas that the church was carrying with it, which has allowed young people to give it a look, and people who had never looked at it with anything but disregard, they’re being able to give it a look. So there’s still…
So I think that’s a bit of it.
NAVARRO: OK, this is a total guess, but I’m going with Nixon for $400.
REP. The latest news is President Obama now saying if you like your plan, you can keep it for two more years. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MINORITY LEADER: The president of the United States is treating our Constitution worse than a placemat at Denny’s.
So tell me, have you considered that?
KARL (voice-over): The Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, like Woodstock for right-wingers. You said, “We will repeal…
Those were the big things I saw at CPAC.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It’s also an acknowledgment that some Democrats are in huge trouble in Senate races and they really are hoping for some relief.
KARL: It is a bizarre proposition.
I thought Senator Rubio again distinguished himself by basically saying now is not the time to criticize President Obama. He was a virtual unknown just a year ago. We’ll be right back after this.
WRIGHT: This week Francis told an Italian newspaper he’s neither a star nor a superman. Thanks to you all. The Turks aren’t going to let us put anything. So we are really — we’re rattling a saber so far away that the Russians will never hear it.
CRUZ: All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain, and President Romney. But just the overall enthusiasm, even amongst non-Catholics in the world for the church has grown.
For THIS WEEK, David Wright, ABC News, Los Angeles.
ZELENY: I’m saying Reagan.
What do we know about him?
So he talks the talk, he walks the walk. A normal person.
RADDATZ: All right. And if he has to do it through brute force, he’s going to do it. are important.
RADDATZ: And Representative Castro, do you think they expanded their brand, as a Democrat looking there…
RADDATZ: And some people are saying…
RADDATZ: All right, we’re going to come back to foreign policy in a second and those splits.
He’s just asking people to be part of the church family and that he’s leading by example. That is part of what is going on here. And Russia has already said in their parliament that they would accept them.
We are back in just two minutes with Jon Karl’s exclusive interview with tea party star and Republican lightning rod Ted Cruz.
RADDATZ (on camera): So it would only take four people to launch a nuclear weapon?
CRUZ: But I will tell you when Mitt Romney talked about Putin expanding his sphere of influence, Obama mocked him, said, the Cold War has been over 20 years, nothing to be worried about.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He seems to be very popular. Sometimes he seems to be a guy who wants to be president and is putting himself forward. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS: He’s not asking us to change the teachings of our church, but he is saying let’s not get so pigeonholed.
NOONAN: Oh, I see a change in the tone and the feel of things. Thanks to you all. But I think there is a vital role, just as Ronald Reagan did.
But I’m not sure that this Pew poll — it says hasn’t brought all that many more people into the pews. It’s Tea Party versus establishment, libertarians versus social conservatives. There’s infighting, conflict, back biting, discord.
CASTRO: People are benefiting from it.
NOONAN: They did delay.
I think what he was part of, this CPAC thing, Paul Ryan and with Rand Paul, what struck me so much the past week is the intellectual diversity, the diversity of stands and stances, and how everybody, pretty peacefully, often with good nature, was debating each other and trying to figure out the actual meaning, currently, of Republicanism.
I mean it’s happened before.
For THIS WEEK, Jonathan Karl, ABC News, Washington.
We shouldn’t underestimate the kinds of things that he will do that he thinks is in Russia’s best interests. It really doesn’t do any good. We’ll weigh in on the first year for Pope Francis.
but But now our “Powerhouse Puzzler.” This week’s question, everybody, “who was the first president to meet with the pope at the
Vatican?” Back in only two minutes to see if the roundtable, and you, can guess the answer.
And, Steve, what about these threats to not allow nuclear inspections?
CASTRO: Nixon. You can dislike his foreign policy, but he is not why Putin is doing this. He’s sort of off for the weekend in a way that startles me in the middle of a crisis.
Rick Perry got a comeback. I think it’s making a difference with how people feel about their relationship with the church and with this pope because he’s just so accessible.
KARL (voice-over): If Republicans win back the Senate this fall, he vows to push even harder.
Of course, that humility is partly what people respond to, his modest apartment, his old jalopy, and his message to church officials who have been steeped in luxury: live simply, do for others, champion the poor.
KARL: With Obama in the White House?
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That signal means to stop whatever you are doing and get to the nearest safe place fast.
RADDATZ: OK, thank you all.
(on camera): You had a very big applause line out here. And you know what else? And he likes people. And you brought that up, Jeff. And when the United States doesn’t speak for freedom, tyrants notice.
KARL: And once again, the old guard fired back.
RADDATZ: Peggy, is it an…
Let’s see who knows their history — Ana.
WRIGHT: He has kept the hard line on contraception and abortion, but asked about gay priests, he famously said, who am I to judge? The church still vehemently opposes gay marriage, but just this week, Francis signaled an openness to the idea of civil unions.
RADDATZ: That’s pretty heavy stuff.
Across the frozen plains of our country are scattered 450 of them — nuclear-tipped missiles that could destroy the world, still manned every hour of every day.
(voice-over): We caught up with Senator Cruz at CPAC. It’s a day-to-day story. More recently, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has opened up a new line of attack for Cruz against President Obama.
When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” when he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate and said, “Mr. It would have been so much better for him if he had.
But, look, there is a healthy debate going on inside the Republican Party. This week the Pentagon released the name of one marine killed in Afghanistan.
And Rand Paul, you know, he may not say his views are isolationist, but that’s how a lot of Republicans hear them.
(on camera): You could drive by this remote site and have no idea there was a nuclear missile silo here. These treaties have been on the Cold War downhill for a while.
GOV. This seems like this is going to go on for a very long time.
ZELENY: … Chairman, I was there this week. Way too many Nixons, way too recent history. TIME’s person of the year. I mean, what the heck is it?
CRUZ: A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness. If not, we’ll do it in 2017.
CRUZ: You know, what’s funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition.
CASTRO: And he’s in year one.
RADDATZ: But let’s talk about the show of force in the region, what can we do militarily? John Kerry was very careful this week when I was with him really not to talk about any show of force, particularly, but…
ZELENY: What this means, is voters will not get cancellation notices a month before the midterms. So I feel — I never felt like I had a spiritual home like growing up. And I think that’s pretty much right on.
But you mentioned Vladimir Putin.
Look, you can always criticize an American president, particularly on this case. MARCO RUBIO (R), FLORIDA: The policies they pursue have never worked. Forty percent of Catholics are praying more, 68 percent say he’s making a major change for the better in the church.
NAVARRO: You think George W. But one thing I picked up by watching his speech, he’s more serious about running for president than he lets on. And, you know, there was a very telling picture that was Tweeted out of a panel about minority engagement and minority outreach. PAUL RYAN (R), WISCONSIN: The way the left tells it, the Republican Party is in this big massive civil war. We have seen historically over and over again tyrants respond to weakness.
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Politicians would kill for those numbers.
RADDATZ: All in the family at CPAC there, according to Paul Ryan.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Initiate.
CASTRO: You saw from the very beginning how this was all about politics. I have seen a different thing here in Washington. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. I mean, his name is mentioned again and again in policy debates. He’s doing it as he reads Mr. You know, not — not…
I think there’s a stark difference between when we are under attack and when we are a third party to an international crisis as far as criticism. He and I are good friends. I see younger people in the pews. I think it has among young people. I suppose you can say that Putin did not do what he did because of the American president.
He’s kind of a rock star. And I think that has bolstered his ability to try to be, you know, a little bit out of the box when he does something like put troops in the Crimea.
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RADDATZ: Yeah, is this all about politics?
RADDATZ: Certainly politics in everything. Vladimir Putin test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile.
ZELENY: What it means?
RADDATZ: — irrelevant, right?
Welcome to all of you — and, Jeff Zeleny, I want to start with you, because you were there this week at CPAC.
RADDATZ: The young officers are on alert duty eight times a month, all alone, underground for 24 hours.
They did that. Their policy has been to alienate and abandon our friends and to coddle and appease our enemies.
Pretty incredible Tweets there.
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ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH KURTZ, PRESIDENT, U.S. You’ve got some problems with sanctions and how that works out and how they can go forward without screwing up their own economy.
DAVID WRIGHT, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: At the start of lent last year, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was just a face in the crowd. But there was one of everything.
RADDATZ: You don’t have to raise your hand.
KARL (on camera): How’s it going?
Then, how the pope became a rock star, as Francis marks his first anniversary.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) initiate.
But Peggy Noonan, who made the biggest impression on you?
RADDATZ: Congressman Castro, could his rhetoric about unbridled capitalism, social inequality ever really have actual influence on policy?
KARL (on camera): OK. And have a great day.
PEGGY NOONAN, “THE WALL STREET JOURNAL”: It’s hard to say as you look at him. Putin is a KGB thug. Let’s rewind the clock a little bit. I think Francis’s two predecessors, John Paul and Benedict, felt, because of the pressures of various emerging questions, that they had to stand as the church in contradiction to modernity and the modern world.
Actually, to me, one of the takeaways was that Ted Cruz was not the story out of this CPAC. But the mission goes on.
WRIGHT: But plenty of other constituencies remain skeptical. That’s where the pope puts his embrace, in the poor, in many ways, the lonely, the imprisoned.
KARL: Cruz led the fight over Obamacare that shut the government down last fall. For many, a welcome change.
RADDATZ: Pope Francis this morning at the Vatican getting ready to mark the first anniversary of his papacy. This week, he’s been called a Catholic rock star, pumping new life into the church right when it seemed to need it most.
KARL: But upsetting well-established Republicans is precisely how Cruz quickly became one of the right’s biggest, most controversial stars. All our anecdotal evidence aside, that it’s not really bringing people out to church. This pope says no, no, no, I don’t stand in contradiction to, we embrace. To me, the big takeaways were that Chris Christie got a very good and warm reception.
CRUZ: It is the most unpopular law in the country. And the room was literally empty. There is no retribution.
NAVARRO: You know, I think it’s making a difference with people on the inside. The answer President Woodrow Wilson met the pope in 1919 during a tour of Europe following World War I.
SEN. Many women too are eager to see major reforms.
CASTRO: Oh, I think so. There’s been a lot of vacillation, lack of clear direction, blinking by this administration.
But a lot of time for comebacks and reintroductions. And that was very strange to see. It is.
RADDATZ: Russian and American leaders squaring off, echoes of the dramatic cold war confrontation that had both countries on edge for decades
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