In response to Donald Trump bowing out of tonight’s Republican debate in Iowa, his rival for the nomination, Ted Cruz has challenged him to a one-on-one debate.
“I’m happy to go an hour and a half mano a mano, me and Donald with no moderators any time before the Iowa caucuses,” Cruz said on The Mark Levin Show Tuesday. Cruz said Trump can name his own moderator and Levin offered up his airwaves. “The fact that Donald is now afraid to appear on a debate stage, that he doesn’t want his record questioned … that reflects a lack of respect for the men and women of Iowa.”
Donald Trump has refused to take part in the debated hosted by Fox News due to objections with their choice of moderator Megyn Kelly.
Trump accused Megyn Kelly of being a “third-rate” reporter who was “toying” with him in the last Fox debate, referring to when she quoted previous statements of his where he referred to women as “pigs”.
Trump announced that he had plans for his own event in support of veterans which will take place at the same time as the debate.
“You know what we’re going to do?” Trump asked supporters at a rally in Gilbert, South Carolina Wednesday. “We’re gonna raise a lot of money for the vets. That’s what we’re gonna do.”
One veterans group, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA) has rejected Trumps offer of support.
If offered, @IAVA will decline donations from Trump’s event. We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts.
— Paul (PJ) Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) January 27, 2016
Fox News took a shot against Trump shortly after this recent rupture of relations. Fox released a statement indicating that a Trump Presidency would be harshly treated on the world’s stage.
“We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president. A nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings,” the Fox News statement said.
[CBS] [The Washington Post]