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During the last GOP debate before the New Hampshire primary, candidates were asked how they felt about torture, specifically waterboarding.

Cruz used to be unique among Republicans on this issue, opposing torture as an unnecessary evil because of his family history.

His father, a Baptist pastor, was tortured in Cuba in the 1950s.

When asked if he would use waterboarding as president, Cruz’s answer was muddled.

Cruz also rejected the notion that waterboarding constituted torture, saying “it’s enhanced interrogation, it is vigorous interrogation, but it does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.”

The U.N. definition is “Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession.”

But according to Cruz “torture is excruciating pain that is the equivalent of losing organs and systems.”

If you find that answer confusing so did the moderators who asked for clarification. “I would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use,” Cruz said, with an awkward pause while he checked his notes.

Cruz said he did not think low-level officials should employ it, but still, if necessary, he would still use it.

It was a confusing answer.

Donald Trump was much clearer on his position. “I would bring back waterboarding. And I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

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