Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) clashed with Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over immigration reform during Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate, comparing his rival’s past position as one supporting “amnesty.”
Cruz could be seen on camera laughing after CNN debate moderator Dana Bash noted that Rubio has claimed on the campaign trail that his immigration plan is not much different than his.
“He has attempted to muddy the waters,” Cruz said, claiming that Rubio chose to “stand with Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer and support a massive amnesty plan.”
Cruz argued others, himself included, “chose to stand with Jeff Sessions and Steve King and the American people and secure the border.”
Rubio went on to accuse Cruz of supporting “legalizing people who are in this country illegally.”
“Ted Cruz supported a 500 percent increase in the number of H1b [visas]…and Ted supports doubling the number of green cards,” the Florida Republican said.
“It is not accurate, what he just said, that I supported legalization,” Cruz shot back. “Indeed, I led the fight against his legalization and amnesty bill.”
Watch the testy exchange below: