Bringing the most applause of the evening, presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz fired back at CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, co-anchor of “Squawk on the Street” and “Squawk Alley” for the entire trio of moderators attempting to turn the Republican Presidential Debate into a proverbial “cage match”. As reported by Brett LoGiurato and Colin Campbell of the new media Business Insider on Oct. 28, 2015, the Lone Star senator none too subtlety lowered the boom on Quintanilla as he went off script during the live television broadcast.
As seen on the transcript of the entire debate via The Washington Post on Oct. 28, 2015, during the course of the GOP presidential debate held on the campus of the University of Colorado – Boulder, the three moderators; Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood asked a number of political questions, while some of the different queries were put forth in a fashion that at least one of the debate participants took as insulting. Within the first hour, Sen. Cruz unloaded on Quintanilla for asking, as seen by Cruz, unfair and inappropriate.
Eventually, Quintanilla asked the Texas legislator about his “hard-line” voting record in the US Senate, quizzing whether or not he was a “problem-solver”. Cutting Quintanilla off, Cruz made clear, “Let me say something at the outset: The question that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said.
Far from done, the Texan further fired off at the conduct of all three moderators; “This is not a cage match. And you look at the questions: ‘Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen?’ How about talking about the substantive issues.”
According to The Washington Post’s transcripts, Quintanilla attempted to respond over the roar of approval from the estimated 1,200 in attendance, “(inaudible) do we get credit (inaudible)?” Far from done, Cruz further stated over a stuttering Quintanilla, “And Carl — Carl, I’m not finished yet. The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, “Which of you is more handsome and why?”
With a full head of steam, Cruz charged forward with “Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. And nobody watching at home believed that any of the moderators had any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions that are being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other. It should be what are your substantive positions…”