The Cruz campaign blasted Donald Trump for ducking a debate next week, accusing the frontrunner of being too “scared” to face Cruz man-to-man.
Trump said recently that he was looking forward to a “one-on-one” battle with Cruz, but now that the race has essentially come to that, it doesn’t appear that he’s too interested in facing Cruz on the debate stage. Now the Cruz camp is publicly shaming Trump for dodging his opponent.
“Let’s be intellectually honest about what’s going on here – Donald Trump is scared to debate Ted Cruz next week,” said Cruz spokesman Ron Nehring. “Perhaps Mr. Trump is unable to speak for more than one minute about any given topic because of his shallow understanding of basic policies, or perhaps he is scared of voters learning the truth – that he has spent his entire adult life promoting liberal positions completely opposite of the conservative platform that he has campaigned on. Mr. Trump, if you won’t debate in Utah, we’ll bring the debate to you.”
“Donald can’t duck us for the rest of this campaign,’ Nerhring added, “and so we will happily press the issue until the public pressure becomes too much for him to bear. Anytime, anyplace…let’s do it, Donald.”
The challenge follows Trump’s decision not to attend a Fox News debate that was scheduled for next Monday. Saying “we’ve had enough debates,” Trump announced that he was not going, opting instead to speak at a three-day conference (which he could have still attended on a different day) hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
As The Daily Wire‘s Hank Berrien noted Wednesday, Trump has far more reasons to avoid a debate with Cruz than to engage in one, namely that he’s got everything to lose and nothing to win, he’d get creamed by the far more competent debater, and submitting to a debate would undermine his appearance of “control over his world.”
Trump refused (again) to participate in the Fox debate because of Megyn Kelly. If he can’t stand up to uncomfortable questions from her, how could he survive a debate with Ted Cruz, but more importantly, how would he fare with leaders of other countries, some of them hostile to the US?
Donald knows it would be impossible for him to compete with Ted when talking policy, procedure protocols and heaven forbid he should have to discuss the Constitution and the amendments, so the best way to avoid that is to declare there’s been enough debates.
Were he to bulldoze his way through to secure the nomination, his 10 word vocabulary will fail him miserably when he comes up against Hillary, who’s made a career of talking in circles while saying nothing and has had far more practice than he has.
His slogan of ‘make America great again’ is sounding as hollow as ‘hope and change’. It could mean anything or nothing at all and apparently his supporters are okay with that.