Ted Cruz on Stands By Calling Mitch McConnell A Liar: "Every Word I Said Is True"

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Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that he has no regrets about his fight last summer with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an MSNBC Town Hall that will air in full at 8 p.m. ET.

"I cannot believe [McConnell] would tell a flat-out lie," Cruz said on the floor of the Senate July 24.

"Every word I said there is true and accurate. No one disputed a word I said," he told the audience Thursday. "The reaction in the Senate is how dare you say that out loud? They're not upset that somebody lied to them!"

SEN. TED CRUZ: The majority leader looked me in the eye and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie. Not only what he told every Republican senator, but what we told the press over and over and over again. It was a simple lie.

CHUCK TODD, MSNBC: Now, look, there was context to this and I understand it has to do with some -- I guess dirty laundry behind the scenes getting aired out on the Senate floor. But you called the Senate majority leader a liar on the Senate floor. That has not sat well with your colleagues. Do you regret calling him a liar on the Senate floor?

TED CRUZ: You know, Washington is an amazing place. When somebody stands up and lies to you and someone else points out that they lied...

TODD: He lied to you. You still stand by...

CRUZ: Every word I said there was true and accurate. No one has disputed a word I said. The reaction in the Senate is how dare you say that out loud? They're not upset that somebody lied to them.

CRUZ: I mean, that's the amazing thing.

TODD: How do you stand working with somebody who lies to you? And how can you work with him going forward?

CRUZ: What I have done from day one is endeavored -- and it's a promise I made to the people who elected me. I'm going to tell the truth and I'm going to do what I said I would do.


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