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Texas Senator Ted Cruz Speaks During UVA Class

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz is one of the Affordable Care Act’s harshest critics. He's fresh off a major book deal and is a polarizing figure in his own party.

Wednesday, the GOP senator stopped at the University of Virginia to talk about a number of issues with hundreds of students in Larry Sabato's class.

Cruz spent most of the time answering student questions about issues like the situation in Ukraine.

"There's all sorts of steps we could take short of direct military engagement,” he said.

Cruz believes President Obama should be openly speaking out, and that the U.S. should be a voice for freedom. He says there is a big difference between speaking out and getting involved.

“I think that the foreign policy of the last five years has been feckless and misguided. I think what we're seeing is the United States recede from world leadership,” Cruz said.

But he also touched on the controversial topic of health care, an issue that made headlines after his 21-hour “anti-Obamacare” filibuster last year.

“One of the easiest ways to understand Obamacare is it is a massive wealth transfer from young healthy people to everybody else,” Cruz said.

But he also offered students an alternative and what he believes health reform should look like.

"I think we should reform healthcare so that we expand competition, we expand choice, and we empower patients and consumers to make health care decisions in consultation with their doctors without the government getting in the way,” Cruz said.

The U.S. senator also touched on some of his top priorities.

“In my view the path we're on is not working. We're seeing economic opportunities slip away,” he said.

Cruz says focusing on economic growth and protecting constitutional rights will put the country back on track.

Cruz also made a stop earlier Wednesday at Liberty University to discuss religious freedom.

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