New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slams Ted Cruz for ''New York values'' put-down at Republican debate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held an impromptu news conference at New York City Hall on Friday, and called on Ted Cruz to apologize to the people of New York after the Republican presidential candidate knocked "New York values" during Thursday's debate. Cruz's remarks, aimed as a put-down of campaign rival Donald Trump during Thursday evening's sour-toned Republican debate, sparked a backlash from city and upstate dwellers, politicians and ordinary citizens alike. "I just want to say on behalf of all New Yorkers, I am disgusted at the insult that Ted Cruz threw at this city and its people. And the bottom line is he does not understand, in the least, New York values. I find myself, for once, in agreement with Donald Trump. I think it was right for Donald Trump to defend New York City and to talk about the heroic actions of the people of this city after 9/11. I think Ted Cruz owes the people of New York City an apology. He owes the first responders an apology," de Blasio said. "I also find it very ironic that Ted Cruz does not hesitate to come to New York City to raise millions and millions of dollars. I find it very ironic that Ted Cruz went running to Goldman Sachs when he needed a big loan. So, he has no trouble taking money from New York City, but he's quick to insult our people and our values. And I think it's really going to back fire on him. I think people are going to see through this as hypocrisy of the highest order," the mayor added. It appeared that neither Cruz nor Trump may have benefited from the exchange. Overall, conversations about the Republican candidates during the debate were negative on social media, according to analytics firm Zoomph.