The Washington Post’s David Nakamura and Adam Kredo report: “The GOP field has become the GOP for the pro-choice side, but Cruz has found himself at the center of an increasingly vocal abortion-rights movement.
Cruz has been one of the most vocal opponents of the health care law that the Trump administration is now trying to undo.
The senator also has criticized the administration for its handling of the refugee crisis.
Cruz has said he has no regrets about voting for the bill.”
The Post’s Chris Cillizza and Chris Cihak discuss the latest news and analysis from the nation’s capital.
Cruz was one of only four GOP senators to vote against the legislation, while fellow Cruz-supporting Sens.
Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted for it.
Cruz, the junior U.S. senator from Texas, had been in a position to push the bill through the Senate, but he instead voted against it, citing the need to address the nations “crisis of illegal immigration.”
As president, Cruz will oversee the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and as such will likely have a hand in drafting its replacement, which he hopes will be ready to be signed into law before President Donald Trump takes office next month.
The bill is expected to face a significant uphill climb in Congress, which could lead to it losing some support in the months ahead.
On Monday, the bill was pulled from the Senate floor after Cruz told CNN that he was unsure how much money the legislation would raise and added that he expected the bill would cost $100 billion.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he wanted the bill to pass with bipartisan support in order to help the uninsured and those with preexisting conditions.
“We are trying to make sure that we can take care of all of our people,” Cruz said.
“If we can pass the Affordable Health Care Act in a bipartisan way, I think we’ll be able to do that.”
Cruz is also a staunch supporter of the religious freedom bill, which is now known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that critics say gives corporations the right to deny services to gay people and others on religious grounds.
Cruz said that if he was president, he would not allow the federal government to “allow corporations to deny the right of anyone to be able be born.”
“We want to be very clear that we have a law that protects religious freedom,” Cruz told Tapper.
“I do not believe that the federal governments power should be used to interfere in the private lives of the people of this country.”
The New York Times reported that Cruz is a supporter of marriage equality, but added that his views have evolved over time, saying, “Cruz has long opposed marriage equality.
But as the years have passed, he has evolved his position to include same-sex marriage.
In his own words, ‘We’re not going to allow the government to tell people what to do.'”
In his speech on the Senate Floor, Cruz said, “I want to make it very clear to the American people that I have changed my position on this issue.”
Cruz said he believes “we should not be burdening the conscience of Americans with burdensome regulations that limit their ability to make their own personal choices.”
“I believe in the power of the market,” Cruz added.
“The market is not perfect, and it is not the place for government intrusion.
But I believe that our Constitution provides a framework that allows us to create an environment that is free of government interference and where our government can exercise its role as a beacon of hope for the citizens of this nation.”
Cruz’s statement, “we’re not talking about religious freedom here, we’re talking about the free market,” came in response to a question about the Republican presidential nominee’s stance on marriage equality from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who has said that she believes “marriage equality is a choice.”
“He wants to be the president of the United States, he’s the nominee for the Republican Party, so I think it is incumbent on me to give a clear answer to that,” Ernst said.
Ernst was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if she would support Cruz as president if he were to be elected president.
“He has the support of my husband, and I support his campaign,” Ernst told Blitzer.
“But I have said that marriage equality is an issue for the people to decide.”
Ernst’s comments came as her husband, Sen. Rob Portman (R, Ohio), and other Republican senators and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) also issued statements supporting Cruz.
The senators’ statements come as more than 1,000 Republican senators have come out against the health-care bill that Cruz has voted for.
On Sunday, Sen, John McCain, R-Ariz., said he is not supporting the GOP nominee because he opposes “gay marriage.” “That’s