SEE UPDATE WITH VIDEO BELOW
Ted Cruz dropped the hammer on the media for continuing to ask him about gay rights:
WASHINGTON POST – Then Texas’s junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage.
“Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”
Cruz also said he did not think his opposition to gay marriage will hurt his chances with moderate voters.
“With respect, I would suggest not drawing your questions from MSNBC — they have very few viewers and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet,” Cruz told a reporter. He cited the expansion of “mandatory same-sex marriage” as an assault on religious liberty in the United States.
I wish there was video of this exchange, but so far I haven’t found it. Even so this was a great response and Ted Cruz is proving he knows how to handle the media in a substantive way.
UPDATE: I’ve found video of Cruz slamming a liberal reporter for asking him if he has a personal animosity toward gay Americans. In the first video report he slams the question itself from the reporter:
Do you have a personal animosity against Christians sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody and what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president, or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.
In this second video report, you hear the remarks made by Cruz referenced by the Washington Post above:
UPDATE II: Here’s a better video that encompasses the entire question and answer of both videos, all in one: