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Cruz doesn't denounce NRA ad

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday would not denounce a recent NRA ad that accused President Barack Obama of being hypocritical for protecting his own children with armed guards.

"There is a fundamental point of hypocrisy when it comes to gun control" Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked by host David Gregory if the ad was "over the line."

(VIDEO: NRA's controversial ad)

"Many of the proponents of gun control are very wealthy," Cruz said. "They live communities where they can outsource police protection...If you are talking to a single woman living in Anacostia, who has the misfortune of living next to a crack house, to tell her she doesn't have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, I think is fundamentally wrong."

Pushed further, Cruz said he didn't think what the president was trying to do on gun control was "constructive."

"What I don't think is constructive is what the president is doing right now," Cruz said. " Within minutes of that horrible tragedy in Newtown, the president began trying to exploit that tragedy, to push a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans."

"This isn't designed to solve violent crime," Cruz said. "This is designed to assuage liberal partisans."

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