The Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Showdown

Some of the heated topics at the South Carolina debate between these two candidates included citizenship and New York values.
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Transcript for The Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Showdown
Now to that showdown in South Carolina last night. 11 million people watching the republican rumble and center stage Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the gloves came off on a number of issues including what Ted Cruz meant when he said trump has New York values. ABC's Tom llamas on the campaign trail tonight with breaking developments. Word late today from Cruz when asked if he would apologize. Reporter: Tonight, Ted Cruz asked again and again should he apologize to the people of new York after staying the course last night on that debate stage saying Donald Trump embodies new York values. Cow explain what you mean by that? Yeah, I think most people know exactly what New York values are. I am from New York. I don't. You're from New York so you might not. But I promise you in the state of South Carolina, they do. And, listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of New York. But everyone understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media and I guess I can frame it another way. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan. I'm just saying. Reporter: Trump's response controlled contempt. When the world trade center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York. Everybody in the world loved new York and loved new yorkers and I have to tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made. Reporter: Now Cruz learning the risks of taking on New York. On the cover of "The daily news" lady liberty giving him the one finger salute. The mayor and governor democrats outraged demanding an apology. Cruz tonight defiant. I apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. I apologize to all the pro-life and pro-second amendment new yorkers who were told by governor Cuomo they have no place in New York. Reporter: David, just to show you how Cruz's New York values attack has really struck a chord, even Hillary Clinton siding with trump on this issue tweeting, just this once, trump's right. David. Rare agreement on that front, all right, Tom, thank you.

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