While campaigning in Iowa on Friday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz suggested that voters would deliver a "spanking" to Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton. The Texas senator delivered the colorful answer in response to a question from a woman demanding that "someone needs to pay" and be held accountable for the terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
At a packed coffee house in Charles City, Iowa, Cruz implied Clinton knowingly misled the American people in the immediate aftermath of the September 2012 attacks. He said, "We do know Hillary told her daughter Chelsea, well gosh, I knew it was a terrorist attack, while we were out telling the American people it wasn't."
The Texan brought up corporal punishment and his daughter, saying, "In my house, if my daughter Catherine, the five-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking."
Cruz then went on to state that voters would punish the 68-year-old former secretary of state. "Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking." He promised that if he is elected president, "There will be accountability for Benghazi."
In the latest Fox News pollout Friday, Cruz is leading in Iowa with 27 percent, followed by Donald Trump at 23 percent and Marco Rubio with 15 percent. The Texas Senator is on a six-day, 28-town swing through Iowa. The Friday Charles City stop was his fourth stop of the day and the 21st of the trip.