CHARLES CITY, Iowa — Ted Cruz suggested on Friday that Hillary Clinton should be given a "spanking" by voters to hold her accountable for the Benghazi attack in 2011 when she served as secretary of state.
Cruz compared it to how he punishes one of his daughters for lying.
"In my house, if my daughter, Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something that she knows to be false, she gets a spanking," Cruz told the attendees at a crowded coffee shop here.
He continued, "Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking."
A supporter in the crowd prompted Cruz's response after asking how, as president, he would hold individuals accountable for the attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
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9 Facts you should know about Ted Cruz
Cruz suggests voters give Clinton 'spanking' over Benghazi
1) His legal name is Rafael Edward Cruz.
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2) His wife Heidi has worked at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. The company told CNN Monday she will go on unpaid leave for the duration of his campaign. They met while they worked on George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign.
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3) He won his Senate seat in 2010 without ever having been elected to public office before. Prior to that he had been appointed to the office of the Solicitor General in Texas.
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4) He had a minor brush with the law in 1987 when he received a ticket for underage possession of alcohol as a senior in high school.
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5) He has two Ivy League degrees: an undergraduate degree from Princeton, and a law degree from Harvard.
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6) He has kept a painting of himself in his office -- a picture of him as a 32-year-old arguing a case before the Supreme Court.
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7) He played a significant role in the government shutdown of 2013, leading a chorus of Republicans who refused to vote for any plan that kept the federal government running that did not also defund Obamacare. Cruz spend nearly 24 straight hours defending his position, including at one point reading the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham."
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8) His father (left) fled Cuba for the United States, worked in the oil industry and eventually became a pastor. He has made headlines for somewhat inflammatory statements, including telling an audience that President Obama should be sent "back to Kenya."
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9) He doesn't believe in climate change, an issue many Democrats have lampooned him for, in part because he leads the Senate's Space, Science, and Competitiveness Committee which oversees NASA. During a recent appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Cruz said "Debates on this should follow science and should follow data. Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up."
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"There will be accountability for Benghazi," Cruz said. "We will answer the questions of who did what and why, and anyone that did wrong will be held accountable."
There have already been seven congressional probes into events and decisions around the Benghazi attack. Cruz often uses Clinton's role as secretary of state during the Benghazi attack as a rallying cry against the Democratic front-runner.
Just before Christmas, a man at a Cruz rally in Daphne, Alabama, interjected when the Texas senator rhetorically asked the crowd what he would do on his first day in the White House.
"Put Hillary in jail!" the man yelled.
Cruz responded to a raucous response from the crowd: "She may already be."
Cruz is finishing a six-day, 28-stop bus tour through Iowa with just over three weeks until the Iowa caucuses.