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Ted Cruz: Debate ‘Rough Night’ for Marco Rubio

Republican Ted Cruz gave a one-on-one interview with necn political reporter Alison King Sunday, touching on Saturday night's debate and his stance against same-sex marriage.

Cruz discussed Chris Christie's attacks on Marco Rubio during the debate, days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, where Rubio had looked to improve on his third-place Iowa caucus finish.

"It was a tough night for Marco. I mean, that was clear," said Cruz. "Chris did a very effective job. And I think last night was yet another opportunity for the men and women in New Hampshire to make an assessment who's best prepared to be commander in chief."

The Texas senator was sure to tout his conservative credentials, calling Rubio a moderate.

"It was clear last night that there was going to be a battle among the moderates," Cruz said. "It's no surprise to anyone that you saw Christie and Rubio and Jeb [Bush] and [John] Kasich all slugging it out."

Cruz added that he thought it best "just to step out of the way and let them do what they need to do."

The candidate stopped short of saying he would put an end to same-sex marriage if elected, but did reiterate he was against it.

"I am a strong believer in traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman," he said. "We would expect that the citizens of New Hampshire or California or New York or Texas might make different decisions on that front."

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