Ted Cruz Jokes, Spars With Jay Leno

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his late night TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (Courtesy NBC)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his late night TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (Courtesy NBC)

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BURBANK, Calif. (CBS DC) – Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made an appearance on The Tonight Show, where he and host Jay Leno discussed a wide range of issues, including Cruz’ strong opposition to Obamacare and the political fallout from the government shutdown.

Leno was a little more forceful than he usually is with his guests, questioning the Texas Republican about his stance on gay marriage and comments Cruz’ father recently made about the subject.

Cruz answered that while he believed marriage should only be between a man and a woman, he wanted to leave the legal decisions up to the states. He also defended his father’s strong statements against same-sex marriage, saying his dad is a man of deep convictions.

When Cruz said he was not a fan of the government shutdown, Leno challenged him saying from where he sat Cruz seemed in favor of it.

Cruz talked about a “lost generation” of young people who were being victimized by income inequality and blamed big government for causing more problems for the American people than it solved.

Towards the end of the interview, Leno asked, “We’re gonna have another shutdown in February? Are we gonna do this again?”

But Cruz blamed “entrenched politicians” for the stalemates in Washington, which drew applause from the Tonight Show audience.

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