Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’ previous statements show that the senator supported a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in congress’ failed 2013 immigration reform bill saying “if you define amnesty as he does, as citizenship, yes he fought that. If you define it as allowing people who came here illegally not to suffer the consequences of illegal entry, which by law should be deportation, he did not oppose that. It is very clear that he supported it and as you showed last night and has been shown in many, many pieces of evidence.”
In an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday, Cruz told Bret Baier that his proposed amendment to the bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits but would not allow citizenship, was not a sign of support for the overall measure, but a “poison pill” designed to derail the overall effort, saying “It doesn't mean that I supported the other aspects of the bill, which was a terrible bill. And Bret, you've been around Washington long enough, you know how to defeat bad legislation, which is what that amendment did"
But in June of 2013, Cruz took to the Senate floor to tout his amendment saying “If the proponents of this bill actually demonstrate a commitment not to politics… to finding a middle ground, that would fix the problem and also allow for those 11 million people who are here illegally a legal status with citizenship off the table. I believe that is the compromise that can pass.”
But Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said he doesn’t understand Senator Cruz’ strategy with regard to clarifying his stance: “at the time said he was in favor in a compromise that would take the 11 million out of the shadows and give them legal status. I'm not sure I understand why he's doubling down on denying what you can demonstrate with pieces of tape. Perhaps he sees that it's worked for other candidates. He could easily have said, "circumstances have changed, we now have terrorism, infiltration, all that, and I've shifted over" which I think is really a minor difference, but he's decided he's going to go whole hog on the other side.