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 CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference MORE (R) joked at a campaign rally that his opponent in the state's Senate race, Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE (D), could join 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list 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 CornynLighthizer starts GOP charm offensive on Trump trade deal Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence GOP senators worry Trump made 'problematic' concessions in trade deal MORE (R-Texas). He then added: "Y'all are gonna get me in trouble with that."

Attendees of rallies for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe 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 FeinsteinHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence Life after Yucca Mountain: The time has come to reset US nuclear waste policy Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick 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.