During last night’s CNN debate on taxes, which pitted Republican senators Tim Scott and Ted Cruz against Democrat senators Bernie Sanders and Maria Cantwell, the former were more prepared and sharp on the discussion of taxes compared to the latter.
Senators Cruz and Sanders previously clashed during a CNN debate on Obamacare this past February, which actually proved to be very substantive. This go-around, the Texas Senator launched a Cruz missile nuking Sanders’ claim that millionaires and billionaires don’t pay enough in taxes —to which Cruz responded that there aren’t enough millionaires and billionaires to cover socialistic policies if they are implemented. Cruz, a son of a Cuban political refuge, apparently got on avowed socialist Sanders’ nerves when he probed the Vermont senator’s position.
Watch the exchange below:
This wasn’t the only zinger from last night’s debate. Cruz pressed his colleague from Washington State on what the difference between Democrats and socialists is with respect to taxes, which she took serious offense to. Cantwell called Cruz’s comments on Democrats “divisive.” Below is the full exchange:
TED CRUZ: Now, Bernie and I have done three of these debates. I like debating Bernie because he’s honest, he’s candid. He is a socialist. He admits he’s a socialist. He wants to raise everyone’s taxes. And so, Maria, I’d like to actually ask you a question that I asked Bernie last time, which is — since this is a tax debate, what is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist on taxes? CANTWELL: Well, you know, Ted, I really thought about this issue of you trying to divide the Democrats. But, you know, we’re a big-tent party. And there’s room for Bernie and there’s room for me. The difference is you guys keep trying to isolate your party. It used to be there was everywhere from Susan Collins to Jeff Sessions. But instead, you guys took on people like Dick Lugar. And guess what? We got Joe Donnelly. And then you put somebody out there in Missouri, and we got Claire McCaskill. So you keep narrowing your tent, and I’m fine with our big tent. And so the issue here — and I have two small-business people here from Seattle, a millennial, Michael, who’s asked me what are we doing about the housing crisis, am I ever going to get out of my parents’ basement and own my own home? And he’s working hard in a sector that this bill is making harder for him to make his company competitive. And so the issue here — and I have two small-business people here from Seattle, a millennial, Michael, who’s asked me what are we doing about the housing crisis, am I ever going to get out of my parents’ basement and own my own home? And he’s working hard in a sector that this bill is making harder for him to make his company competitive. And another businessman, Joe, who says what are you doing to our economy if you’re giving the big corporations a huge tax break and you’re only giving us a smaller tax break? He’s the job creator. He created jobs in the downturn of our economy and did so successfully. I want to make sure they are getting a fair deal.
Senator Cruz continues to display policy prowess throughout these exchanges. Perhaps more Republican senators could learn from him.