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Cruz: Obama has abused his power

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE (R-Texas) says President Obama has “absolutely been abusing his power.”

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

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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 dictator Fidel Castro. Rafael Cruz 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.”

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