Courtesy of HuffPo:
"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert confronted GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz over the legacy of Ronald Reagan on Monday night, pointing out that the former president was less conservative than Cruz and others often suggest.
“Reagan raised taxes. Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Reagan to be nominated today," Colbert said, drawing cheers from his audience. "So to what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan?"
When Cruz deflected, Colbert pressed him on the specifics.
"Raising taxes and amnesty for illegal immigrants," Colbert said. "Could you agree with Reagan on those two things?"
"No, of course not," the senator from Texas admitted, but added that Reagan signed the largest tax cut in history.
Did Rafael just dis the Republican's most sacred icon?
Yes, I think he did.
Later Colbert corrected Cruz about Reagan's tax policies and asked him if he would be willing to compromise with the other side. Cruz gave a typically evasive non-answer.
Cruz, like most conservatives, has no real understanding of who Ronald Reagan was, or what happened during his presidency.
Colbert also, on the subject of gay marriage, had to explain to Cruz that marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution.
Nice to see that moving to CBS has not dulled Colbert's edge when conducting interviews. He is still usually more well informed than his guests and ready to call them out on their BS.