Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologises for mean joke about Joe Biden

Mr Biden's son had died days before

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A US Republican senator has apologised for making an ill-timed joke about America’s vice president Joe Biden.

Speaking at a party dinner this week Mr Cruz, a contender for the Republican presidential candidate nomination, mentioned Mr Biden’s name during a speech.

“Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punch line,” he said.

“Honest, it works – the next party you’re at, just walk up to someone and say ‘Vice President Joe Biden’ and just close your mouth. They will crack up laughing”.

Mr Biden’s son had passed away from brain cancer at the weekend.

The joke was greeted with faint laughter in the room; Mr Cruz later apologised in a message posted online.


“It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologise,” he wrote on Twitter.

In a full statement he added: “The loss of his son is heartbreaking and tragic, and our prayers are very much with the Vice President and his family.”

Mr Cruz announced in March that he was running for president; he is the first major Republican contender to have declared his candidacy.