Cruz: No Regrets About ‘New York Values’ Comment [VIDEO]

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] said Thursday he has no regrets about his “New York values” line, saying it is an attack on liberal Democrats who have “hammered this state.”

“Let me be very clear. The people that I was talking about are the liberal New York Democrats who have hammered this state,” Cruz told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It is people like Mayor Bill de Blasio, it is people like Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo.” (RELATED: New York Gov. Cuomo Just A Wee Bit Hypocritical With Mississippi Travel Ban)

He added that Donald Trump “has funded them all.” Trump has donated $84,000 to Cuomo since 1999, and he has not donated to de Blasio. Trump did, though, say in 2013 that de Blasio would be a “good mayor.”

The Texas senator in January attacked Trump by saying the real estate developer stands for “New York values.”

Cruz said he didn’t regret his comments and said that Democratic state Sen. Ruben Diaz told him, “We know what you’re talking about with New York values and we can’t stand them.” Diaz is a socially-conservative Hispanic pastor based in the Bronx.

His son, Ruben Diaz Jr., has endorsed Hillary Clinton and said Wednesday, “Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. He not only offended New Yorkers, he offended Bronxites, and now he’s here today in New York and in the Bronx looking for money and votes.”