Stephen Colbert Scolds Audience for Booing Ted Cruz on 'Late Show'

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"However you feel, he's my guest, so please don't boo him."

Stephen Colbert isn't afraid to get tough with his interviewees — or his live audience.

When interviewing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday's Late Show, he asked, "To what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan?" since Cruz differs from the former president when it comes to amnesty and tax policies. Such a confrontation triggered loud cheers from the episode's attendees.

But when Colbert threw in the topic of same-sex marriage, Cruz explained that, under the 10th Amendment, issues not mentioned in the Constitution should be decided upon by the states and its elected officials instead of by the Supreme Court.

"That's in the Bill of Rights — everything that’s not mentioned is left to the states," said Cruz, a point that invited boos in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

"However you feel, he's my guest, so please don't boo him," said Colbert to his studio audience.

Cruz then continued: "If you want to win an issue, go to the ballot box, and win at the ballot box. That's how the Constitution was designed."

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