Cruz defends calling McConnell a liar
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Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls out O'Rourke for supporting NFL players' protests during anthem Beto O’Rourke: Term limits can help keep politicians from turning into a--holes Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE is doubling down on calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Sen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ky.) a liar.

“Every word I said there is true and accurate. No one disputed a word I said,” Cruz said during an MSNBC town hall in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Cruz raised eyebrows last year when he accused McConnell of lying about a deal to move the Export-Import Bank reauthorization in exchange for support on fast-track trade legislation.

He said at the time that McConnell had told him in a private conversation that there wasn't a deal.

"Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are false," he said at the time.

The blistering floor speech sparked fierce backlash from his Republican colleagues, some of whom questioned if Cruz had broken Senate rules with his speech.

The Texas senator defended his actions on Thursday.

"The reaction in the Senate is, 'How dare you say that out loud?' They’re not upset that somebody lied to them,” he said.

Cruz isn't a stranger to antagonizing his Republican colleagues, who are still quick to cite his role in the 2013 shutdown of the federal government.

Only two senators have endorsed Cruz for president. Another, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Voters will punish Congress for ignoring duty on war and peace GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer MORE (R-Ariz.), said this week he would support former Ohio Gov. John Kasich over his colleague or Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE.

Cruz, however, brushed aside the notion that he wouldn't be able to work with a Republican-controlled Congress if he wins the White House.

“I think I’ll be able to work very, very well with Republican leadership, partially for focusing on issues that bring us together,” he said during the MSNBC town hall.