Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said at Thursday's GOP presidential debate he was referring to "socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage" attitudes when he said his rival Donald Trump had "New York values."
"Not too many years ago, Donald did a long interview with [NBC's] Tim Russert," Cruz said.
"And in that interview he explained his views on a whole host of issues that were very, very different from the views he's describing now. And his explanation, he said, 'Look, I'm from New York, that's what we believe in New York. Those aren't Iowa values, but this is what we believe in New York.'"
He then turned to Trump and said, "Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I'm just saying."
It was a reference to Trump telling Iowans that not many evangelicals come out of Cuba, where Cruz's father is from.
But Trump shot back that Cruz wasn't right.
"Conservatives actually do come out of Manhattan," he said, "including William F. Buckley and others, just so you understand."
Trump then talked about how the whole country rallied behind New York after the 9/11 attacks.
"I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made," Trump said.
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