Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) jokingly offered pot brownies to CNBC moderator Carl Quintanilla in the midst of a heated exchange at Wednesday night’s GOP debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Cruz and Quintanilla had clashed moments before, when the Tea Party favorite responded to an aggressive question about the new budget deal: “Does your opposition to it show you’re not the kind of problem-solver Americans want?”
Cruz answered by accusing the moderators of anti-Republican bias. The crowd roared its approval.
Quintanilla then refused to allow Cruz to answer the substance of his question, saying his time had expired.
Later, a visibly irritated Quintanilla came back to Cruz to give him a chance to complete his answer, adding: “We’re clearly not having that beer you mentioned.”
Cruz answered with a smile: “I’ll buy you a tequila–or even some famous Colorado brownies.”
The crowd laughed.
Cruz then answered that the budget deal was “an example of how Washington is broken.”