Cruz jokes about locking up Beto O'Rourke in 'double-occupancy cell' with Clinton

Cruz jokes about locking up Beto O'Rourke in 'double-occupancy cell' with Clinton
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Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame Celebs start opening their wallets for 2020 Dems MORE (R) joked at a campaign rally that his opponent in the state's Senate race, Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release MORE (D), could join 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE in a "double-occupancy" prison cell.

The senator responded with the jab at Clinton to a rally audience member's call to "lock him up!", reportedly referring to O'Rourke, according to multiple reports.

"Well, you know, there's a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton," Cruz said at a rally in Georgetown, Texas, north of Austin, alongside fellow Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks MORE (R-Texas). He then added: "Y'all are gonna get me in trouble with that."

Attendees of rallies for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE used the chant "lock her up!" throughout 2016 and well into Trump's presidency to refer to Clinton and the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server at the State Department. The investigation faulted the former secretary for carelessness but declined to pursue charges against her.

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More recently, the chant was used to refer to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks MORE (D-Calif.) during a Trump rally in Iowa earlier this month after the president mentioned the senator by name.

O'Rourke and Cruz are locked in a tight race for Cruz's Senate seat, with most polls showing the Texas senator leading by single digits. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Cruz leading by an average of 7 percentage points.

O'Rourke's success in the deep-red state has inspired a major cash flow from Democrats around the country, with his campaign reporting a record $38 million in fundraising in the 3rd quarter of 2018.