Voters have a way of “spanking” candidates: Cruz

January 9, 2016

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz on Friday suggested voters deliver Democrat Hillary Clinton a “spanking” much the same way he said he spanks his five-year-old daughter for fibbing.

“You know I’ll tell you, in my house, if my daughter Catherine, the five-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking,” the Texas senator said, while answering a voter question about accountability over the Benghazi, Libya, attacks of 2012.

“Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking,” he added.

Cruz made the remarks at a campaign stop in Charles City, Iowa, on the fifth day of a six-day swing through the key state, which holds the nation’s first voting contest to name presidential nominees.

Cruz leads in the Iowa polls and wants to consolidate his lead there to notch an early win and build momentum going into further primaries and caucuses around the country. Nationally, Donald Trump remains the front-runner for the Republican party nomination.

Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state during the Benghazi attacks, is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

The nominees of the two parties will meet in the November 2016 presidential election.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton exhales while testifying to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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