Republican candidate Sen.Ted Cruz took his Iowa audience to a sensitive, if not awkward, place Monday as the topic turned to contraceptives.
“As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I’m very glad we don’t have 17,” the Texas Senator told the audience, which erupted into laughter, then applause.
Addressing a question during the town hall meeting in Bettendorf on the availability of contraception to women, Cruz slapped down the Democrats’ “war on women” narrative while also calling out Hillary Clinton for her jab at the GOP as “the condom police.”
“The war on women wasn’t that, it was contraceptives,” Cruz said. “Now listen, I have been a conservative my entire life. I have never met anybody, any conservative who wants to ban contraceptives.”
While admitting conservatives seemed afraid of confronting the issue, the Texas Senator concluded the topic was “utterly made-up nonsense.”
“And it’s a great example when the war on women came up,” Cruz said. “Republicans would curl up in a ball, they’d say, ‘Don’t hurt me.’ Jiminy Cricket! This is a made-up, nonsense example.”
“Last I checked we don’t have a rubber shortage in America. When I was in college we had a machine in the bathroom, you put 50 cents in and voila!” he said, eliciting laughter and applause from the audience.
In what is sure to raise the ire of the left, and feminists as well, Cruz attacked Clinton for trying to scare voters and distract them from other issues.
“Imagine for a second you’re Hillary Clinton,” said Cruz. “You’re trying to think, ‘How do I run?’ Well you can’t run on the economy because we have the lowest percentage of Americans working any year since 1977. You can’t run on Obamacare because millions of people have lost their jobs, lost their health care, lost their doctors, seen their premiums skyrocket. You certainly can’t run on foreign policy because every country you touched as secretary of state is a disaster.”
“So what do you do? You go, ‘Ah, ha! Condom police. I’m gonna make up a completely made up threat and try to scare a bunch of folks into thinking someone’s going to steal their birth control,'” Cruz said. “What nonsense.”
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