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Ted Cruz Offers to Debate Donald Trump ‘Mano y Mano’

Struggling to maintain his slim lead in the Republican presidential race in Iowa, Ted Cruz has challenged Donald Trump to a two-candidate debate, The Hill reported.

The Texas senator, noting that Trump was boycotting the Fox News-sponsored debate, told conservative talk-show host Mark Levin: “If Donald is afraid of (Fox moderator) Megyn Kelly, I would like to invite him on your show to participate in a one-on-one debate between me and Donald, mano y mano.” Cruz offered to let the billionaire businessman select the moderator, or to face off against him without anyone asking questions.

“The fact that Donald is now afraid to appear on the debate stage, that he doesn’t want his record questioned, I think that reflects a lack of respect for the men and women of Iowa, that he’s unwilling to go to Des Moines and be questioned,” Cruz said. “This is a job interview. You need to be willing to answer the questions of the American people, and if Donald is afraid to defend his record, that speaks volumes.”

The senator added: “If he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary, what exactly does he think he’d do with Vladimir Putin? I promise you, Putin is a lot scarier than Megyn Kelly. How he is prepared to be commander in chief if he’s terrified of a television host?”

According to The Hill, Trump told reporters he considers Kelly a “lightweight” who is “not a reporter.”

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