Sen. Cruz visits Austin, talks high-tech, health care


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 5:13 AM

AUSTIN -- While Congress is on summer break Republican Senator Ted Cruz is touring Texas and key political states.

This morning he met with tech leaders in Austin.  He also wanted to make sure his message about de-funding the affordable care act, also known as Obamacare, is being heard loud and clear.

During a visit to National Instruments Senator Cruz happily spent time highlighting the high-tech industry by taking part in a round-table session with local tech leaders.

“It's cutting edge. It's innovative. High-tech does what Americans are best at, which is invent, innovate and change the world,” Cruz said.  “In Austin -- in particular, we've seen a renaissance of high-tech.”

The Senator also got to see some of the software and technology National Instruments is providing to high schools and colleges across the state.

Cruz says high-tech in Texas and across the nation is facing serious challenges due to the economy and what he calls a broken immigration system. 

“We need to expand high-tech immigration so we can have workers come and meet the critical need we have in this country,” Cruz said.

Cruz also spoke out against Obamacare saying it's the single largest job killer in America and must be repealed.

“It's causing people to have their hours forcibly reduced to 29 hours or less and the people who are being hurt the most by it are young people -- African-Americans, Hispanics, our single moms,” Cruz said.

But local economist Ray Perryman disagrees, saying he believes Obamacare will benefit the American people.

“The principals behind the bill are good, some of the math is not,” Perryman said.  “So it needs some tweaking but on the whole it will give us more access to health care, on the whole people will be much healthier.”

The Senator's didn’t say much about his future political aspirations, such as a possible run for the Presidency in 2016.

“In terms of what I'm doing 100 percent of my focus is on the US Senate, and the reason is simple,” Cruz said.  “The Senate is the battlefield, the Senate is where the fights are ongoing right now to restore economic growth.”

Cruz didn't say if he would support Governor Rick Perry in a run for the White House.