While appearing on the Rush Limbaugh program Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the possibility of military conflict in Syria and the push to implement Obamacare are tied together by the arrogance of the Obama administration.
“Fundamentally, actually, these two issues, you look at Syria, you look at Obamacare. They’re tied together by an arrogance of this administration, that they don’t believe they’re accountable to the American people, and they are going to jam their agenda down the throats of the American people,” he said.
The only way to stop Obamacare and conflict in Syria, he said, would be for Americans to "rise up and hold every elected official accountable, Democrat and Republican, every one of us, including me.”
He went on to say that Republicans -- not Democrats -- are the major stumbling block to defunding Obamacare. Richard Manning, vice president of public policy and communications for the conservative Americans for Limited Government, told Examiner.com Thursday that key Republicans like Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., are crucial to defunding the massive health care law.
“That’s a sad state of affairs,” Cruz told Limbaugh. “I hope it changes. I hope the Republicans stop trying to prevent us from defunding Obamacare and, instead, we come together – and the only way they will is if millions of Americans go to DontFundIt.com, speak up and demand that our elected officials listen to the people.”
On Syria, Cruz said Obama is "out of control."
The British Parliament voted to stay out of the conflict for now, but Obama seems determined to go it alone if necessary.
Meanwhile, a petition demanding Obamacare be defunded has garnered over 903,000 signatures as of this writing, and a poll conducted by NBC News shows that nearly 80 percent believe the president should get approval from Congress before conducting military operations in Syria.
"Nearly seven-in-10 Democrats and 90 percent of Republicans told pollsters the president should get congressional authorization first," Politico said.
116 members of the House, including 18 Democrats, signed a letter demanding Obama get Congressional approval.
Only 21 percent believe action in Syria is in the national interest, but Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing for war.
“It is clear that the American people are weary of war. However, Assad gassing his own people is an issue of our national security, regional stability and global security,” she said in a statement after a 90-minute conference call between members of the National Security Council and 26 high-ranking lawmakers.
Obama did not participate in that call, but met with Magic Johnson and Valerie Jarrett to discuss jobs.
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