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Cruz Pushes Back on Inexperience Charge: I Wasn’t Just a ‘Community Organizer’

State of the Union temporary host Dana Bash pointed out to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Sunday morning that he and President Barack Obama shared notable similarities in their biographies and qualifications before the seeking the White House (an example of the limits of political analogy). Given that the GOP has made so much hay over Obama’s supposed “inexperience,” how, Bash asked, could they nominate Cruz?

“In his time in the Senate he had basically been a backbencher; he had not been leading on any issues of any significance,” Cruz said. “In my time in the Senate you can accuse me of being a lot of things but a backbencher is not one of them.”

Cruz argued that his pre-Senate experience dwarfed Obama’s.

“Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,” he said. “I spent 5 1/2 years as the solicitor general of Texas…I supervised and led every appeal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-person agency with over 700 lawyers. Over the course of 5 1/2 years, over and over again Texas led the nation defending conservative principles and winning.”

Cruz became the first major GOP figure to officially announce his candidacy for the presidency last week, and was quickly met with criticism over his obstinate style and hard-line tactics.

Watch the clip below, via CNN:

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