Graham apologizes for calling for Cruz's murder

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus New polls show tight races for Graham, McConnell Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (R-S.C.) apologized to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Trump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Texas) Thursday for joking that it was possible to get away with murdering the Texas senator if it happened in the Senate.

Graham's remarks represent a truce of sorts between the two senators, who repeatedly feuded during their 2016 presidential runs, in part over what's seen as Cruz's persistent failure to win the respect of other senators. 

Graham joked about the murder of his colleague in February, when Cruz was a Republican candidate in the presidential primary.

"If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," Graham said at the time.


But Graham's tone had changed by Thursday, when the two appeared together on MSNBC. 

"Love is everywhere," Graham said.

"I want to apologize to Ted for saying he should be killed on the Senate floor."

"At least we're not on the Senate floor now," Cruz said.

Graham has criticized Cruz several times in the past.

At a press conference in January of last year, he compared the choice between Cruz and President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE, who was the Republican front-runner at the time, to "being shot or poisoned."

But in March, before Trump clinched the Republican nomination, Graham said the Republican Party might be forced to support Cruz to stop Trump. He later held a fundraiser for the Texas senator.