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Ted Cruz Explains How GOP is Not the Condom Police: ‘We Don’t Have a Rubber Shortage in America!’

Things went to an awkward place for Ted Cruz last night, when at a town hall in Iowa, he had to explain how the Republican Party is not actually the “condom police” of America.

During the event, an attendee asked Cruz about whether he would ever consider “making contraception available to women who want to control their own bodies.” Cruz responded by saying that the GOP’s interest in eliminating contraceptives is part of the Left’s concocted “war on women” narrative, and that it was one of Hillary Clinton‘s signature tactics to smear the Right.

“I have been a conservative my entire life. I have never met anybody, any conservative who wants to ban contraceptives,” Cruz said. “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!”

Cruz also explained that Clinton’s position on abortion are so radical and unpopular that the only way she can make up the difference is to fuel the GOP-anti-contraception narrative and intimidate the GOP. He imagined that she would use similar tactics on a variety of other issues as well to refute criticism on her economic and foreign policy records.

When the war on women came up, Republicans would curl up in a ball, they’d say, ‘Don’t hurt me. Jiminy Cricket,’” Cruz exclaimed. “”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. What nonsense.”

Watch above, via Huffington Post.

[h/t MSNBC]
[Image via screengrab]

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