GOP Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, went to the often friendly venue of late night television Monday but got some unexpectedly pointed questions from Stephen Colbert on CBS’s “The Late Show.”
After Cruz said there was a need to appeal to the “Reagan Democrats” that helped propel Republican Ronald Reagan to the White House in 1980, Colbert jumped in.
"Reagan raised taxes...Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Reagan to be elected today."
"Could you agree with Reagan on those two things?" Colbert asked.
"No, of course not," said Cruz, who went on to say that Reagan also had the largest tax cut in American history and reduced the role of government.
Cruz said “What I am fighting for are simple principles -- live within our means, stop bankrupting our kids and grandkids, follow the Constitution."
Colbert injected: "And no gay marriage."
Cruz has made opposition to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage a cornerstone of his campaign.
"Under the Constitution, marriage is a question for the states, if you want to change the marriage law," Cruz said.
When Cruz was booed by the audience, Colbert stepped in and said, “No, no, guys, guys, however you feel, he's my guest, so please don't boo him.”
As for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who will be a guest on the “Late Show” tonight, Colbert asked Cruz what he’d like the talk show host to ask him.
"If you could, ask him if he would possibly consider donating $1 billion to our campaign,” joked Cruz.