Ted Cruz: Hillary Running as the 'Condom Police'

An audience member at a Ted Cruz campaign event in Iowa raised an awkward question of the presidential candidate, asking for his opinion about "making contraception available to women who want to control their own bodies."

Cruz responded by "attacking" the Democrat's "(concocted) war on women" and accused Democrat Hillary Clinton of falsely attacking the GOP as "the condom police."

"Hillary Clinton embraces abortion on demand in all circumstances up until the moment of birth. Partial-birth abortion with taxpayer funding, with no notification for parents in any circumstances -- 91% of Americans say that's nuts," he said. "So what do they do, they try to shift it. The war on women wasn't that, it was contraceptives. Now listen, I have been a conservative my entire life. I have never met anybody, any conservative who wants to ban contraceptives."

The senator called the anti-contraceptive scare mongering from Democrats a "made-up, nonsense example."

"As I noted, Heidi and I, we have two little girls. I'm very glad we don't have 17," he told the audience. "And it's a great example when the war on women came up, Republicans would curl up in a ball, they'd say, 'Don't hurt me.' Jiminy Cricket!"

"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 continued, receiving some uncomfortable laughter from the audience. "So yes, anyone who wants contraceptives can access them, but it's an utterly made-up nonsense issue."

The reason the Democrats have to make contraception an issue is that they don't have any substantial issues to run on.

"Imagine for a second you're Hillary Clinton," he said. "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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