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Rep. Moore: Cruz 'was on the spot'

Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus were curious why Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) decided to join them on a 20-hour flight to South Africa, but Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said today that she thinks the time together was productive.

Cruz was the only senator, and one of two Republicans, to join the 22-member congressional delegation to Nelson Mandela's memorial service last week. Moore noted today on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." that many of the other members, such as Reps. John LewisJohn LewisOvernight Finance: Senate rejects Trump immigration plan | U.S. Bancorp to pay 0M in fines for lacking money laundering protections | Cryptocurrency market overcharges users | Prudential fights to loosen oversight Treasury says Mnuchin wasn't calling for Congress to examine gun issues Trump nominates Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece to federal planning commission MORE (D-Ga.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Cybersecurity: Lawyer charged in Mueller probe pleads guilty to lying | Sessions launches cyber task force | White House tallies economic impact of cyber crime Oversight Dems urge Equifax to extend protections for breach victims Top Oversight Dem pushes for White House opioid briefing MORE (D-Md.), had personal connections to the issues from working against apartheid.

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"He was on the spot because there were many members who were curious about why he would want to take this pilgrimage," Moore said.

But she also said there were benefits to having him on the trip. ObamaCare was a particular focus of the discussions. "He sort of stuck to his guns about it, but I do think we were able to break through some of the talking points and really challenge them," Moore said.

Moore had a great chance to get to know Cruz, because she sat next to him on the 40 hours of round-trip flights, in addition to dining and riding on the bus with him.

She said Cruz showed her pictures of his daughters learning to ice skate and helped her get her bags down from the luggage rack.

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