Presidential candidate Ted Cruz appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he told the host about concerts, movies, and hinted at a bit of road rage. The senator was in California for a campaign fundraiser but went on the show to reveal a side people have never seen before. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Cruz did a tell all that became quite the controversy.
The Texas senator is no stranger to talk shows. Last year, he did and interview on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It aired in September of 2015.
Kimmel greeted the Texas senator and the jokes began to fly. Kimmel joked with the candidate about their ages and how the host is a few years older. Kimmel said, “It’s crazy to me that there are people who are running for president that I am older than.”
The audience did get a chance to see the candidate’s self-deprecating sense of humor. The interview was taped in Hollywood, Cali. During the interview, the senator told the audience he had dreamt of becoming an actor. He told Kimmel, “I thought about dropping out of school, going to Hollywood and becoming an actor. But I didn’t have good looks or talent.”
The candidate displayed a light-hearted side when he was asked questions by the host. Kimmel inquired about what cereal was Cruz’s favorite. He proclaimed that Mueslix was the cereal he liked the most. He said, “I know you were expecting a Captian Crunch or a Fruitloops.”
The host was caught off guard. Laughing, he replied, “Actually, we were expecting Mueslix.”
Then the questions starting shifting toward Cruz’s first concert, the Star Wars series and a little bit of impromptu road rage. In a candid manner, the presidential hopeful revealed a bit of his past.
The nominee was asked if he had seen all seven Star Wars movies. Without missing a beat, Cruz answered yes. Later, Kimmel asked what was the last movie that made the candidate cry. Cruz answered, “I would almost say the last Star Wars movie.” He said that when watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the moment a major character died, it brought him to tears. He went on to say as a child, he waited in line for two hours to see The Empire Strikes Back.
Kimmel asked the senator what was his first concert. Cruz stated that he went to see Men at Work when he was in junior high. His mother was very insistent on going and Cruz reported, “It was the tamest concert on earth. It was the perfect concert to bring your mom to.”
The Texas senator then stopped to tell Kimmel about a concert he did go to that would surprise many. The presidential hopeful began to tell the story of a Pink Floyd concert he went to in high school. He said, “Two or three seats down from me was a police officer smoking a joint. Holding a roach clip, smoking a joint…he was in uniform.” He concluded by saying, “Hey, it’s Floyd.”
During that interview, Cruz said something that caught the media’s attention. Jokingly, Kimmel asked the candidate what he thought about Donald Trump. Kimmel then added a comparison, saying, “Who do you like more, Obama or Trump?”
After a large round of laughter by the crowd, the senator said, “I dislike Obama’s policies more.”
Cruz then switched over to talking about the New York businessman. This part stirred a bit of controversy. Jokingly, he said, “Donald is a unique individual.” The senator used the analogy of reversing his car and seeing Trump. Cruz said, “If I saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d press.”
The March 30 interview of Cruz opened a window into who the candidate is and shared some of his concerts and movies stories, only to top it off with some implied road rage. The two laughed and shared some stories of a younger Cruz. It was a chance for comedic relief to shed some light on a serious political contender.
By Harrison Baker
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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