- "There will be accountability for Benghazi," Cruz said if he is elected
- Cruz said American voters will administer a 'spanking' to Hillary Clinton if he is elected president
"Was Secretary Clinton awake or asleep when four Americans were being murdered? We don't know to this day," Cruz told supporters at a coffee shop in Charles City, Iowa. "We do know Hillary told her daughter Chelsea, 'Well gosh, I knew it was a terrorist attack,' while we were out telling the American people it wasn't. You know, I'll tell you, in my house, if my daughter Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking."
Cruz continued: "Well, in America, the voters have a way of administering a spanking."
The Texas senator then pledged that as president he would have "accountability" for the 2012 attack.
Cruz was responding to a woman accusing Washington politicians of "skirting around Benghazi."
Cruz has previously accused Clinton of blocking queries into the attack
, telling CNN's Erin Burnett in 2014 that Clinton "stonewalled" questions on the issue.
Messages left with the Cruz and Clinton campaigns Saturday afternoon were not immediately returned.