Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used his closing statement to take a sly jab at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump at the Thursday-night Republican presidential debate.
He contrasted his humble upbringing, and those of his competitors, with the frontrunner’s background.
“What an incredible nation we have that the son of a bartender, and the son of a mailman, and the son of a dishwasher,” he began, referring to Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and himself, “and a successful businessman can all stand on this stage competing, and asking for your support.”
He appeared barely able to hold back a smile after some in the crowd picked up on the slight and burst into laughter.
The Thursday debate took a decidedly civil tone throughout its duration, though Trump and Cruz sparred at times. After the debate, Trump even called the entire affair “elegant.”
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