Texas Senator Ted Cruz totally went off tonight on CNBC debate moderators and the media in general. He said they were partisans who were more interested in starting a fight than discussing substantive issues. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said. “This is not a cage match.” From there, he listed the questions candidate were asked and said, “How about talking about the substantive issues people care about?” Needless to say, the crowd erupted in applause and cheers, reports the Daily Caller.
Cruz was given a question on the debt ceiling but instead of answering, he took the moderators to the woodshed saying that the questions on the issues “illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.” Even though they tried to get him back on track, Cruz was not letting go.
“This is not a cage match and you look at the question: ‘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 people care about?” the Texas senator fumed.
According to CNBC, famous pollster Frank Luntz tweeted that “Ted Cruz’s focus group dials hits 98 with his attack on media bias. That’s the highest score we’ve ever measured. EVER.”
The Washington Times reports Cruz took issue with moderators over questions mocking businessman Donald Trump by asking if he were a “comic book hero,” and another asking Florida Sen. Marco Rubio if he should resign his Senate seat, instead of focusing on the issues. “Nobody watching at home believes that any of the moderators has any intention of voting in a Republican primary,” Mr. Cruz said.
Cruz wasn’t the only one with harsh words tonight, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, drew cheers for saying Democrat Hillary Clinton is supported by the biggest Super PAC of the 2016 campaign: The mainstream media. Rubio was hot on the media. When asked about the Sun-Sentinel article saying Rubio should resign for skipping votes, Rubio responded with “Yeah, let me say. I read that editorial today with a great amusement. It’s actually evidence of a bias that exists in the American media today.”
Not to be outdone, Toward the close of the debate, a question was asked of Jeb Bush about fantasy football regulation. When given his chance to respond, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacted incredulously.
“We have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football?” Christie said. Well, there’s one more debate under our belt.