The Texas senator didn’t shy away from discussing North Carolina's House Bill 2 that was signed into law last month, which banned people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate.
"As the father of daughters, I’m not terribly excited about men being able to go along into a bathroom with my daughters," Cruz said. "Listen, the Obama education department is going against a junior high insisting that the junior high must allow a teenage boy to shower with teenage girls. Now, that’s just nuts. I mean, that’s not a reasonable decision. That’s crazy."
Cruz also repeatedly dodged questions from MSNBC moderator Chuck Todd on whether he would support personhood bills -- legislation that would give constitutional rights to fertilized eggs -- as president.
"I told you I'm not going to get into the labels, but what I will say is we should protect life," Cruz said. "But I'm not interested in anything that restricts birth control."
The GOP candidate also pledged that as commander in chief he would work across the aisle to get things done.
"If I'm elected president, I think I will work very, very closely with leaders in Congress because it's a very different thing," Cruz said.
He added, "I think we will see Washington responsive to the people in a way it hasn't been since the 1980s."