One thing that can be said about Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is that he does not shrink from a fight. Nor is he afraid of taking on anyone whom he feels is leading the country down the path to disaster. Days after calling out Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader as a liar and then getting slapped down on the Senate floor for his pains. Cruz challenged President Barack Obama to a mano a mano debate on the Iranian nuclear deal, according to a Tuesday story on RealClearPolitics.
Cruz threw down the gauntlet on The Sean Hannity Show Monday night. “I will invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing, to debate the substance of the Iran deal. Let’s do it in front of the American people anytime in the next 60 days,” Cruz, who is running for president, declared.
It goes almost without saying that President Obama would be daft if he were to actually accept such a challenge. For one thing, he know that not only is Cruz is right on the substance, but going into a debate with him would be the equivalent of going into the ring with Mike Tyson in his prime. Cruz offered the president the option of sending Secretary of State John Kerry in his stead.
Cruz has been on a tear recently, first challenging his own Senate leader, now the president. Most analyst suggests that the strategy is all about stealing Donald Trump’s thunder. Trump has taken an anti-Washington, populist campaign to the top of the Republican polls. Cruz had hoped to do what Trump is now doing, albeit with more intellectual heft and less personal bombast. Calling out the president over Iran is just the latest move to steal back supporters from Trump and benefit when, as many think is inevitable, the larger than life businessman falls from grace.