Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will not be apologizing to fellow party member Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky for calling him a liar.
Last year during a floor speech in the Senate, Cruz accused McConnell of lying about whether the Senate would vote to revive the Export-Import Bank, CNN reported.
Senate colleagues have reportedly told Cruz it would help him gain support and create unity in the party for his campaign if he apologizes to McConnell for calling him a liar.
Cruz does not plan to take their advice.
"That ain't gonna happen," Cruz told CNN’s Dana Bush in an April 7 interview on "Erin Burnett OutFront." Cruz elaborated, "And if the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time. My focus is on the American people and uniting Republicans behind shared values and a shared vision."
While an apology is not planned from Cruz to McConnell, he did acknowledge that he supports the senate majority leader’s decision not to vet President Obama’s Supreme Court justice nominee, Merrick Garland.
Regarding the nominee, Cruz said, "Now I will tell you this, I am happy to praise Mitch McConnell and praise him effusively for his stand, along with (Senate Judiciary Chairman) Chuck Grassley, saying we are not going to hold hearings on a replacement." Cruz added, "Mitch McConnell's doing the right thing, Chuck Grassley's doing the right thing, and I'm proud to commend them. I've done so publicly many times."