Cruz: Obama has 'absolutely been abusing his power'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says President Obama has “absolutely been abusing his power.”

In an interview Monday with Fusion, Cruz was asked if the president has been abusing his executive powers. Fusion is a new TV network formed by a joint venture between ABC News and Univision. 

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“I think he has absolutely been abusing his power, and when you have a president who says ‘regardless of whether Congress acts, I'm going to force my agenda on the American people,’ that's wrong. That's not consistent with our constitutional protections,” Cruz said. 

Host Jorge Ramos recounted a comparison Cruz’s father Rafael made between Obama and ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Rafael emigrated from Cuba during the revolution. 

Ramos asked Cruz if he agreed with his father’s statement, but the freshman senator didn’t answer the question directly, saying, “Look, obviously there are enormous differences between President Obama and Fidel Castro.”

The Tea Party member said his father’s point was derived from President Obama’s State of the Union address. 

“He said if Congress doesn't act to enact his agenda that he will do it anyway on his own,” said Cruz. “We've got the NSA seizing our cellphone records, our emails, and we have seen this president expand presidential power in a way that is contrary to the constitution.”

Cruz ignited the “Defund ObamaCare” movement in Congress, which caused the 16-day government shutdown this month.

He is considered a likely contender for the Republican race for president in 2016. 

Over the weekend, he visited Iowa, the state that kicks off the primary cycle. He will also soon visit South Carolina, another early primary state.