Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio try to raise money off 'yoga' routine

Story highlights

  • Both Cruz and Rubio seek to raise money off debate night 'yoga' exchange

New York (CNN)What began as a Republican debate stage squabble -- and ended as a two-man comedy routine -- has taken on new life Friday as a fundraising tool.

Ted Cruz kicked off the Thursday night episode as he tried to quiet Donald Trump -- who interrupted during the Texas senator's speaking time -- by imploring him, "Donald, please, I know it's hard not to interrupt. Breathe, breathe, breathe. You can do it, breathe, I know it's hard, I know it's hard."
    "When they're done with the yoga, can I answer a question?" Florida Sen. Marco Rubio interjected, cuing Cruz to quip, "I really hope that we don't see yoga on this stage."
    Rubio hit back: "Well, (Trump's) very flexible, so you never know."
    It was one of the lighter moments in a contentious debate, and on Friday, Cruz's campaign sought to capitalize -- and troll Trump a bit -- by offering a yoga mat in its web store.
    "After the debate last night we decided to offer these on our online store today ... Enjoy!" campaign manager Jeff Roe tweeted.
    They weren't alone.
    Overnight, one of the Rubio campaign's Twitter accounts, @TeamMarco, teased red yoga pants emblazoned with the #DumpTrump hashtag. But the offer was subsequently deleted and removed from their website.
    One apparent problem: a curious caveat on the page that read, "Note: you won't actually get #DumpTrump yoga pants, but your $10 donation will help Marco stop him."