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Cruz And Rubio Just Tangled At The GOP Debate, Then Cruz Dropped A 7-Word Body Slam

Surging GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz was called on during Tuesday’s debate to defend his support of the NSA Freedom Act, which CNN moderator Dana Bash claimed makes it “harder for the government to access phone records” of suspected terrorists.

The Texas senator responded by challenging the premise of her question.

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He said that he “joined with conservatives in the Senate and the House to reform how we target bad guys,” making it easier to monitor terrorists while not invading the privacy of ordinary Americans.

The bill ultimately signed into law, Cruz explained, “ended the federal government’s bulk collection of phone metadata of millions of law-abiding citizens” and “strengthened the tools of national security and law enforcement to go after terrorists.”

Those tools, he noted, are at work right now in the aftermath of the terror attack in San Bernardino. The program replaced by the NSA Freedom Act “only covered a relatively narrow slice of phone calls,” Cruz said, while “now we have cell phones, now we have Internet phones, now we have the phones the terrorists are likely to use.”

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He stood by his vote, explaining that the new program better reflects what the nation’s true focus should be.

“What the Obama administration keeps getting wrong,” he asserted, “whenever anything bad happens, they focus on law-abiding citizens instead of the bad guys.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who voted against the bill, was called on to respond.

“This is a radical jihadist group that is increasingly sophisticated,” he said of ISIS, noting they are capable of evading U.S. laws through means including exploiting “loopholes in our immigration system.”

As such an advanced threat, Rubio concluded that “we are now at a time when we need more tools, not less tools.”

Cruz responded by asserting that his rival is purposely misleading voters, citing a popular conservative talk show host’s analysis as anecdotal evidence.

“I would not that Marco knows what he’s saying isn’t true,” he said, quoting Mark Levin as calling previous ads with such claims “knowingly false and Alinsky-like.”

Rubio actually recognizes, Cruz concluded, that “the old program covered 20 to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists [and] the new program covered nearly 100 percent.”

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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