Cruz: I'm the only one who can beat Trump
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Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE says he is the only candidate who can block Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFlynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone Decline in EPA enforcement won't keep climate bill from coming MORE from the GOP nomination.

“In many ways, this is becoming a two-person race between me and Donald Trump,” he said Wednesday on “The Mike Gallagher Show,” as first reported by BuzzFeed.

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“I think Iowa and New Hampshire perform an incredible function in narrowing the field,” Cruz added.

“What Iowa and New Hampshire demonstrate is that the only person in this field who can beat Donald Trump is me. The other candidates are not able to beat Donald Trump.”

Cruz argued he is the only one in the race who can offer a conservative alternative to Trump.

“You can’t beat Donald coming from the left,” he told Gallagher. "If you campaign against Donald and say, ‘Hey, I’m more liberal than you, I’m more into amnesty than you, I’m going to be softer on radical Islamic terrorists than you,’ it doesn’t work.

“[It is] as we’ve seen twice now in Iowa and New Hampshire. We have to nominate the strongest proven conservative to win, beat [Democratic candidates] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Hillary Clinton to fundraise in DC for public charter high school MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report MORE in November and turn this country around.”

Cruz added that his philosophy would attract the same alliance of voters that sent former President Reagan into the Oval Office with landslide voter support in 1980.

“I think we will continue to see the Reagan coalition coming together and coalescing behind our campaign as the only candidate who has been able to beat Donald Trump at the polls," he said. "We’re coming together to get back to the Constitution, kill the terrorists, repeal ObamaCare and defend the Constitution.”

Trump won Tuesday night’s GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire, with Cruz finishing in third behind John Kasich.

Cruz had won Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses last week, beating out Trump despite the businessman leading most pre-caucus polls.