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January 29th, 2014
12:33 AM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama's precedent of an 'imperial presidency' is dangerous

(CNN) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, stalwart Tea Partier and opponent of President Barack Obama, heard "a couple of things" he liked in tonight's State of the Union, namely Obama's "myRA" proposal, and the promise to streamline regulations.

"If he meant that he's open to streamlining regulations to help small businesses create jobs, that's something I could get excited about," said Cruz.

But there is little else about the President that excites the Texas Republican, evidenced by the title of his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed: The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama. In it, Cruz takes issue with Obama's use of executive order and unilateral changes to laws.

"Even if you happen to agree with him on policy matters, the precedent of the president picking and choosing what laws to follow is a dangerous precedent," Cruz told CNN.

"There's going to come another president, a Republican president, and if you have this power for the president to say, 'I don't agree with this tax law, this environmental law, this labor law, so I'm just going to change it' – that threatens the liberty of every American," says Cruz.

If Obama, as Cruz asserts, is wantonly ignoring federal law, is imperial, and if what he is doing with executive orders is outside the constitution – what will the senator do about it?

For more of our interview with Sen. Ted Cruz, check out the video above.

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