- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz said he’d leave an empty seat for the millions of unborn children killed by abortion in a dig at President Obama after he announced plans to leave a seat vacant during Tuesday’s State of the Union address to honor victims of gun violence.

“If I’m elected POTUS, there’ll be an empty seat for the over 50 million unborn children killed since Roe #Stand4Life,” the Republican presidential candidate tweeted Friday.

Mr. Obama told supporters Friday that the empty seat will “remind every single one of our representatives that it’s their responsibility to do something.”

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“We’re going to leave one seat empty in the first lady’s State of the Union guest box for victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice,” he said. “We want them to be seen and understood, that their absence means something to this country.”

The announcement comes after the president took executive actions Tuesday to restrict gun ownership, including expanded background checks on gun purchases.

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