Cruz on Cheney Shooting Accident: 'It Happens'

While out hunting with Steve King
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2013 5:25 PM CDT
Sen. Ted Cruz walks through tall grass during a pheasant hunt hosted by Rep. Steve King in Akron, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – Ted Cruz has defended Dick Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident, saying, "Look, it happens." The GOP senator made the remark while out hunting himself today, alongside fellow Republican congressman Steve King. King said the incident, in which Cheney accidentally shot a friend while out quail hunting, "doesn't bother me a bit. The way I understood it, he was standing in the wrong place," NBC News reports.

Shooting people was apparently the subject of some discussion during the hunting trip, which took place while Cruz was in Iowa for a GOP fundraiser. "There are a lot of people who would like to shoot me and you, I've noticed," King joked to Cruz, per NBC. "That would be a fundraiser to end them all, wouldn't it?" (Read more Dick Cheney stories.)

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