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Staff meets to smooth over squabble between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

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Senior staffers for Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, met today to discuss their recent squabble over foreign policy and the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan.

"The chiefs are meeting," explained a source from Paul's office when asked about the back-and-forth between the two conservative senators.

Cruz's office confirmed the meeting but added that "our staff talks all the time."

That's the first sign that the two camps are working to defuse the situation that blew up after the two senators spoke to conservative activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Yesterday, Cruz sought to diffuse the situation with a statement sent to a group of reporters.

Although some would like to play up divisions among Republicans, I have no desire to play their game," he wrote. "Rand Paul is a courageous voice for liberty, and I’m honored to call him my friend."

Cruz pointed out that the two senators "do not agree on everything," but that they agree on a majority of issues.

"Substantive policy disagreements are a positive aspect of the political discourse, but in the fight for liberty, I am proud to stand with Rand," he said.

Paul responded in a Monday evening interview with Sean Hannity.

“We always have been good friends. I'm not real excited about him mischaracterizing my views. I won't let that pass," Paul said. He added that he didn't necessarily want an apology from Cruz.

"I'll settle for maybe he just needs to work on presenting his own ideas," he concluded.

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