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Cruz: Hunter Biden attacks don't move 'a single voter'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' MORE (R-Texas) says he doesn’t think that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s attacks on Hunter Biden will move even one voter.

Cruz told Jonathan Swan of Axios in an interview that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s “best moment” in the Oct. 22 debate came when he brushed off Trump’s attacks on his family and turned to the camera to tell viewers that their families matter more.

“One of Biden’s best points was when he said all these attacks back and forth about my family and [Trump’s] family, they don’t matter. What matters is your family. That may have been Biden’s best moment, actually,” Cruz said.

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Asked to clarify his view that attacks on Hunter Biden haven’t been effective, Cruz replied: “I don’t think it moves a single voter.”

Cruz made his comment after Swan asked: “So you don’t believe voters are moved by the Hunter Biden stuff?”

Trump has focused relentlessly on Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China during the final weeks of the campaign and hit Joe Biden on his family’s earnings during their last debate.

“He is the vice president of the United States, and his son, his brother and his other brother are getting rich, they’re like a vacuum cleaner,” he said at one point.

“His son walked out with a billion and a half dollars from China,” he later added.

Lauren Blair Aronson, a spokeswoman for Cruz, later clarified on Twitter that Cruz was speaking specifically about Trump’s exchange with Biden during the debate and that the senator thinks Hunter Biden’s business activity is cause for concern.

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She tweeted that Cruz’s “comments were about the specific exchange on the Biden allegations during the last debate, not the issue broadly, which the senator said on @foxnews hours before raises serious questions of corruption that the media has outright ignored.”

Cruz’s interview with Axios lasted nearly an hour and took place immediately after the Trump-Biden debate.

Cruz was a GOP primary opponent of Trump's in 2016. During that campaign, Trump attacked Cruz's wife at one point and his father at another, suggesting falsely that the older Cruz was somehow involved in President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

The Texas senator told Axios that attacks both candidates directed at each other’s family members don’t have traction with voters.

“That I don’t see as moving votes significantly,” he said.

Recent polls show Trump and Biden in a close race in Texas, a traditionally Republican-leaning state that last voted for a Democrat for president in 1976.

A Dallas Morning News–University of Texas-Tyler poll published over the weekend showed Biden leading Trump by 4 points, 48 percent to 45 percent, in the Lone Star State.

The same poll showed Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTop GOP senator: Biden should be getting intel briefings GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Trump keeps tight grip on GOP amid divisions MORE’s (R-Texas) lead over his Democratic challenger, M.J. Hegar, slipping to 8 points from 11 points in September.

Other polls show Trump with a narrow lead over Biden in Texas.

A New York Times–Siena College poll conducted from Oct. 20 to Oct. 25, which included some respondents surveyed after the debate, showed Trump leading Biden by 4 points, 47 percent to 43 percent.

Biden said during the debate that he would “transition” away from the oil industry when Trump asked him: “Would you close down the oil industry?”

Biden later clarified to reporters “we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels,” “we’re getting rid of subsidies for fossil fuels.”

A Quinnipiac poll conducted from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19 showed Trump and Biden tied in Texas.

Updated 5:39 p.m.