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11/16/2012 05:35 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2012

Ted Cruz: 'Romney Actually French-Kissed Barack Obama' During Presidential Debate

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz (R-Texas) served up a colorful analogy on Friday, explaining that Mitt Romney's loss to President Barack Obama came as a result of the Republican nominee being so similar to his Democratic opponent that it bordered on intimacy.

“So by the third debate, I’m pretty certain Mitt Romney actually French-kissed Barack Obama,” Cruz said during an address to the Federalist Society’s annual conference Friday, according to Politico.

Cruz claimed that the first meeting between Romney and Obama -- the one that Romney was widely believed to have won -- was the only meeting in which the two candidates "contested ideas" or "presented two viewpoints and directions for the country."

Many others judged the first debate differently, however, seeing a Romney who moderated many of the more conservative positions he'd adopted during the Republican primary and throughout the summer.

Cruz, the Cuban-American former Texas solicitor general who rode Tea Party momentum to a GOP primary, and then general election victory in the deep-red state, offered a broader assessment of Republican losses earlier this week, suggesting that the party needed to change their tack on immigration issues in order to reach out to Hispanic voters.

"If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state," he told The New Yorker. “If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. ... The Republican Party would cease to exist."

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