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Cruz Rips Trump For Refusing To Debate Him

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday blasted front-runner Donald Trump for avoiding debates, The Hill reported.

“It’s been 41 days since we’ve had a Republican debate, because Donald Trump is unwilling to stand on stage and debate, because he can’t defend his positions or his policies,” the Texas senator said. “Donald concluded the people of New York didn’t deserve a debate, but you know what? I think the people of Pennsylvania deserve a debate. I think there ought to be a debate before the vote next Tuesday.”

Cruz was referring to the GOP primary election in Pennsylvania next week. He is hoping to reinvigorate his campaign in the Keystone State, after finishing in a distant third place in Tuesday’s New York primary. Trump holds a commanding lead over Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the contest for delegates to the party’s national convention in July.

The Hill noted that Trump declined to participate in the most recent planned debate. Instead, he spoke at a conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of Israel. Fox News cancelled the debate.

“Our friends in the media seem perfectly content with not having debates,” Cruz said. “I don’t recall seeing on Fox News a debate countdown, ‘41 days and counting since the last debate.’ … Why is it that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders respect the voters more than Donald Trump? Hillary and Bernie had a debate. They are scheduling another one. What does it say (when) Hillary Clinton, the embodiment of imperial Washington arrogance, is more willing to submit to the voters and appear to debate than Donald Trump?”

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