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Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz issued an "apology" today in response to the outrage many New Yorkers expressed at his "New York values" comments during the Fox Business Network GOP debate.

After Cruz tried to attack Donald Trump and play up the cultural divide with his comments, Trump, Hillary Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others all called for the Texas senator to apologize - but they probably weren't expecting this.

In two separate interviews Friday, the Texas senator offered a backhanded apology, saying, "I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who've been let down by liberal politicians."

"I apologize for the working men and women of New York who are denied jobs — jobs that have been plentiful just south of Pennsylvania — because Gov. Cuomo bans fracking. I apologize to all the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Second Amendment New Yorkers who Gov. Cuomo brazenly told have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are," Cruz said on "The Sean Hannity Show."

Speaking to a separate group of reporters, Cruz also said, “I apologize to all of the African American children who Mayor de Blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing a life line to the American dream."

"And I apologize to all the cops and firefighters and 9/11 heroes who had no choice but to stand and turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio because Mayor de Blasio over and over again stands with the looters and criminals rather than the brave men and women [in] blue.”

What do you think of Cruz's apology? Let us know in the comments.

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