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USA: Ted Cruz slams ‘gentle soul’ Trump for skipping GOP debate02:21

USA: Ted Cruz slams ‘gentle soul’ Trump for skipping GOP debate

United States, Sioux City, Iowa
January 31, 2016 at 08:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit out at his competitor Donald Trump at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, criticising the New Yorker for not attending the Iowa Republican Debate on January 28. Cruz’s comments come as the state prepares to hit the ballots on Monday, February 1, 2016 for the Iowa Caucuses, the first major round of both Democrat and Republican presidential candidate voting.

"The reason that Donald missed the debate was not that he was afraid of (For News presenter) Megyn (Kelly) or any other questioner. It was that he didn't want the men and women of Iowa to examine his record and compare his record to what he's saying on the trail," claimed Cruz.

He went on to attack Washington's government for being "fundamentally broken," with a "bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists." He added that they "need to take power out of Washington and back to we the people," before stressing that this is "what this campaign is all about."

The event was held on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, where Cruz will face-off against rivals Trump and Rubio, among others. The latest polls show that currently Trump has a slight lead over the Texas Senator.

USA: Ted Cruz slams ‘gentle soul’ Trump for skipping GOP debate02:21
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Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit out at his competitor Donald Trump at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday, criticising the New Yorker for not attending the Iowa Republican Debate on January 28. Cruz’s comments come as the state prepares to hit the ballots on Monday, February 1, 2016 for the Iowa Caucuses, the first major round of both Democrat and Republican presidential candidate voting.

"The reason that Donald missed the debate was not that he was afraid of (For News presenter) Megyn (Kelly) or any other questioner. It was that he didn't want the men and women of Iowa to examine his record and compare his record to what he's saying on the trail," claimed Cruz.

He went on to attack Washington's government for being "fundamentally broken," with a "bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists." He added that they "need to take power out of Washington and back to we the people," before stressing that this is "what this campaign is all about."

The event was held on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, where Cruz will face-off against rivals Trump and Rubio, among others. The latest polls show that currently Trump has a slight lead over the Texas Senator.

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