- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has apologized for cracking a joke at Vice President Joe Biden’s expense even as Biden mourns the death of his son.

During an appearance Wednesday in Howell, Michigan, Cruz rattled off a Biden line he’s been using in speeches on the stump.

“Vice President Joe Biden. You know the nice thing? You don’t need a punchline,” Cruz said, prompting laughter from the audience.

By Thursday morning, Cruz used his Facebook account to say he was sorry.

In his post, the Texas senator says, “It was a mistake to use an old joke about Joe Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize.”

Questioned about the remark when he arrived for a Senate vote on Thursday, Cruz declined to answer a reporter’s question.

A funeral Mass will be held in Delaware Saturday for 46-year-old Beau Biden.

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