Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzConservatism's worst enemy? The Freedom Caucus. Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report How 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation MORE (R-Texas) challenged Vice President Biden to a one-hour debate on reducing crime.
Cruz proposed the challenge during a speech at the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Texas on Friday.
"Well, I would like to issue an invitation to the vice president," Cruz said. "I would like to invite the vice president if he believes the answer to violent crime is not prosecuting felons and fugitives, not prosecuting gun crimes, but going after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. I would like to invite the vice president to engage in an hourlong conversation and debate: How do we stop crime?"
Cruz, meanwhile, has been one of the most outspoken opponents of passing new gun laws. When the assault weapons ban was being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cruz drew attention for getting into a heated argument with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinOvernight Regulation: Trump repeals 'blacklisting' rule Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee Dems get it wrong: 'Originalism' is mainstream, even for liberal judges MORE (D-Calif.).
"And if Vice President Biden really believes the facts are on his side, that this is not simply an exercise in political power by the administration, then I would think he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the sources, the causes of crime, who's carrying it out and how we can do everything humanly possible to stop it," Cruz said Friday.