Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to guests at a town hall event hosted by the Conservative Leadership Project on January 15, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Cruz is campaigning in the state after participating in a Republican presidential debate yesterday in North Charleston.
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By Daniel White
January 15, 2016

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apologized to New Yorkers Friday—for the indignities they have suffered under “liberal policies.”

Cruz upset the Big Apple with comments he made to billionaire New Yorker Donald Trump at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, deriding Trump for his “New York values.”

After a day of headlines and social media commentary debasing Cruz for his comments—including words from Democrat Hillary Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio—Cruz delivered an off-hand apology at a post-debate event Friday in South Carolina, the Washington Post reports.

The Republican wasn’t finished, offering hopeful news for his fellow conservatives in New York, “I do have good news for the good people of New York. I believe 2016 is going to be an election like 1980, and help is on the way.”

[Washington Post]

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