Ted Cruz appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday, and while the interview provided its fair share of fun facts about the GOP presidential candidate — Cruz is evidently a huge "Star Wars" fan — comedian Jimmy Kimmel also grilled Cruz about many of his more controversial positions, including Cruz's promise to repeal Obamacare and his suggestion that police should "patrol" Muslim neighborhoods to prevent terror attacks.
Kimmel at one point hit Cruz with maybe the hardest question the candidate has faced so far in the election cycle: "Who do you like better, [President] Obama or [Donald] Trump?"
"I dislike Obama’s policies more, but Donald is a unique individual," joked Cruz. "If I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I'm not confident which pedal I'd push."
On the subject of Obamacare, Kimmel pushed Cruz after the candidate derided the Affordable Care Act as a "disaster."
"Is that really a disaster? Because I don’t really feel like it is,” Kimmel protested. “I’ve not heard one story from any person I know that indicated that. ‘Disaster’ is a strong word to use.”
“It’s probably not a disaster with millionaire Hollywood movie stars,” Cruz shot back.
Kimmel countered that movie stars are not the only people he associates with, mocking the candidate's narrow perspective of Hollywood. Cruz, however, insisted that panels of small business owners he puts together consistently tell him that Obamacare is the “single biggest challenge they are facing.”
Kimmel also pressed Cruz on his proposal for law enforcement to monitor Muslim neighborhoods. The comedian asked if such a policy would encourage anti-American sentiments in the Muslim community and conflict with the Bill of Rights.
"Not remotely," said Cruz. "If we are going to keep America safe, we can't engage in this politically correct game that Obama and Hillary Clinton engage in where the won't say the words 'radical Islamic terrorism' and they won't engage it. We need law enforcement to work cooperatively with the community to prevent radicalization and to stop terror attacks before they occur."
"Yeah. I’m not with you on that one," Kimmel said.
Cruz is betting on a victory in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, where 42 delegates are at stake and Cruz is leading in the latest polls of Wisconsin voters. Overall, Cruz is still chasing Trump in the delegate count. The New York business mogul has a commanding lead with 739. Cruz is a distant second with 465 delegates, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 143 delegates.