Cruz: Obama 'most anti-gun president' ever
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Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPentagon's suppressed waste report only tip of the inefficient machine Markos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (R-Texas) says President Obama is "the most anti-gun president" in history.

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, the 2016 presidential contender defended his claims that Obama is not telling the truth to the American public about his executive actions on guns.

Cruz’s campaign recently posted a photoshopped image on its website of the president wearing combat gear, with a caption that says, “Obama wants your guns.”

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Cruz defended the image, saying “It is actually quite accurate, this is the most anti-gun president we’ve ever seen.”

The image, which was intended as a fundraising pitch, went up on Tuesday, shortly after Obama unveiled his executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence.

The actions include expanding background checks on certain gun sales and increased enforcement of existing gun laws.

Asked if he believed the president was only trying to protect children from gun violence, Cruz said he believed the president had larger goals.

“Absolutely not,” he responded. “And in fact, I’ll tell you who I do take at her word. Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Energy: Senate Dems set to fight water bill White House could make 'torture' report public, says Intel Dem Top Intel Dem: Congress 'far from consensus' on encryption MORE, who said, 'if I could go to Mr. America, Mrs. America, and say, hand over your guns, I want all of your guns, I would do it.' "

"I believe Dianne when she said that. And you know what? Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMarkos Moulitsas: Kill the filibuster David Webb: Act like winners Japanese PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor MORE is in exactly the same boat,” Cruz added.