10/01/2013 03:52 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2013

Ted Cruz Apologizes To U.S. Filipino Veterans For 'Offensive' Bataan Death March Comparison (VIDEO)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apologized to U.S. Filipino veterans for comparing his long anti-Obamacare speech to the Bataan Death March.

At the conclusion of a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor, Cruz compared his remarks to the march.

“I don’t want to miss the opportunity within the limited amount of time is imperative that I do, which is to thank the men and women who have endured this, this Bataan Death March," Cruz said.

During his apology to Celestino Almeda and Jesse Baltazar, who represented the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans in a meeting with the senator, Cruz said it was "not my intention to cause offense."

"I want you to hear from me, personally and directly, that apology," Cruz said.

"I apologize. I should not have said what I did," Cruz continued.

Watch Cruz's apology above.

(h/t The Right Scoop)



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