Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) dismissed Internet rumors that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) had tried to intimidate him during a commercial break at the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night, saying no cross words were exchanged between the two.

A Reuters picture snapped during the break showed Perry walking up to Pauls lectern, grasping Pauls arm, and pointing his finger in the congressmans face.

But at a campaign event Thursday, Paul laughed about the exchange.

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A picture came out last night, its on the Internet this morning, with ... I think the governor of Texas, or something? We had several governors up there, but truth was I never met him before, Paul joked. 

Paul said everyone — my kids included — had been writing to him to find out what had happened when the men spoke. 

Truth is, I wish it were a much more interesting story, Paul said. I dont even recall the moment that was occurring and I dont remember exactly what he said and we didnt have any cross words.

During the debate, Paul and Perry openly bickered, a surprise to political analysts who had never seen Paul so aggressively attack another candidate — nor seen a GOP front-runner engage his attacker back in such a manner. Paul criticized Perrys job-creation record in Texas, and highlighted Perrys support of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir MOREs attempt at universal healthcare legislation in 1994.

Perry responded by saying that Paul had quit the Republican Party in 1988 over a feud with then-President Ronald Reagan. Although Paul was an early supporter of Reagan, he was highly critical of Republican deficit spending in the 1980s.

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