Cruz: I'm the only one who can beat Trump
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Republican presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution Houston police chief stands by criticism of McConnell, Cruz, Cornyn: 'This is not political' MORE says he is the only candidate who can block Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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 ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director 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.