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Cruz Calls ‘Why Don’t We Impeach’ Obama ‘Good Question’

Conroe, Texas — Asked about the possibility of impeaching President Obama, Ted Cruz did not rule it out.

In a question and answer session following a speech he gave at a Montgomery County GOP dinner last night, an audience member asked Cruz, “Why don’t we impeach him [Obama]?”

“It’s a good question,” Cruz responded, “and I’ll tell you the simplest answer: To successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. Senate.”

He noted that the Democrats controlled the Senate currently.

In an interview with National Review Online after the Q&A, Cruz suggested he would not pursue impeaching Obama in 2014, even if Republicans then controlled both the House and Senate.

“I think we should focus on fights that would make a difference, restoring economic growth and opportunity and fights that we have a realistic prospect of winning,” he says.

But in regards to impeaching Obama,  “that’s not a fight we have a prospect of winning,” Cruz concludes.

Listen to the question and Cruz’s response at the 39:30 mark of this recording from the Montgomery County GOP dinner last night. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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