Cruz: Jokes about me in Franken's book 'obnoxious'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday called Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenStudy finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies Hirono electrifies left as Trump antagonist Miss USA pageant winner celebrated for addressing 'Me Too' movement on stage MORE (D-Minn.) "obnoxious and insulting" for focusing on Cruz for an entire chapter of his new book.

"Al is trying to sell books and apparently he's decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books," Cruz told Politico. "I wish him all the best."

Franken said he considered Cruz "singularly dishonest and smarmy” during a USA Today interview about his new book, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate." The Cruz-focused chapter is titled “Sophistry."

"You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz,” Franken told USA Today’s Susan Page.

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A page of the book circulating on Twitter reveals a time when the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian stepped in when Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News Poll: Harris, Warren climb as Biden maintains lead MORE (D-Minn.) was struggling to write a joke about Cruz for a Gridiron event. 

According to the excerpt, Franken told a version of the joke in front of Cruz that called him "full of shit" as part of the punchline.

Franken reportedly told USA Today he published the personal accounts because Cruz first breached Senate protocol when he accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) of lying in 2015.