Cruz Calls Debate Moderators ‘Left-Wing Operatives’

The CNBC moderators of last week’s Republican presidential debate tried to smear the candidates to help the Democrats, according to Ted Cruz.

The Huffington Post reported that the Texas senator said Saturday at a campaign event in Iowa: “What you have is a bunch of left-wing operatives whose object is that whoever the Republican nominee is, they want him as battered and bruised as possible so the Democrat wins in November.”

Cruz demanded that only registered Republicans be allowed to moderate the debates. “If you’re not making the decisions yourself, if you’re not a conservative, if you haven’t known many conservatives, the questions you ask are not the questions that actually conservative voters care about,” he said.

The candidate continued: “How about instead of a bunch of attack journalists, we actually have real conservatives? Could you imagine a debate moderated by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin?”

Cruz complained that the CNBC reporters did not address issues like Obamacare. “I recognize media companies like to sell commercials and making a big food fight and getting everyone to insult each other is a lot of fun and will sell commercials,” he said. “I think primary voters want help making decisions and comparing the records, comparing the visions, comparing the policies of different candidates.”

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