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 CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump has had a rough October Hillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters MORE (R) joked at a campaign rally that his opponent in the state's Senate race, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkePoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Authorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang MORE (D), could join 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' 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 CornynTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head MORE (R-Texas). He then added: "Y'all are gonna get me in trouble with that."

Attendees of rallies for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 FeinsteinSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Khashoggi fiancée meets with lawmakers seeking 'justice and accountability' for his slaying Schiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment 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.