Ted Cruz is set to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. But Cruz's last late-night appearance didn't go so well. When he went on Late Night with Seth Meyers in March, Meyers grilled him about everything from climate change to Obamacare, and the Texas senator didn't come off as the most competent presidential candidate. Hopefully, things go better for Cruz this time around, for his sake.
First of all, Cruz clearly tried to be engaging, but he still wasn't very expressive. He spoke in a monotone voice, and his jokes fell flat. Meyers didn't go easy on the politician either, almost immediately asking him about a video clip that shows him scaring a three-year-old girl during a pre-campaign event in New Hampshire.
During a stump speech criticizing President Obama's foreign policy, Cruz said, "The whole world is on fire." A young girl sitting in her mother's lap in the audience took his metaphor seriously and chimed in, "The world is on fire?" Cruz tried to defend himself, blaming the media for making him out to be a monster. He told a story about calling the girl's mother later, clarifying that the girl thought Cruz was going to put out the fire. Blaming the media for a negative story is the oldest trick in the book, but it rarely works.
And things got even worse for Cruz. Meyers said: "Now, first I got excited because I thought maybe you were coming around on global warming, but that's not the case, right? Because I think the world's on fire, literally." Cruz claimed that although computer models show that the Earth is getting warmer, satellite data doesn't confirm that. He told Meyers:
Remember how it used to be called "global warming" and then magically the theory changed to "climate change?" The reason is it wasn't warming, but the computer models still say it is, except the satellites show it's not.
Meyers quickly responded: "So you trust satellites more than computers? Because I have a DirecTV and I'd rather watch on my computer."
Even when Cruz tried to talk about himself, he got shut down. As he talked about his 21-hour filibuster opposing Obamacare, Meyers asked "How did it go?" which garnered a huge applause from the audience. Cruz responded: "It actually went fabulously, because right now, Obamacare has 37 percent approval rating, and as a result of Obamacare, Harry Reid and the Democrats lost the Senate. And in 2016, I think we're going to see a very different election result."
Maybe Cruz will have better luck with Stephen Colbert.
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