Cruz: Trump ducking debates
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBarr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference MORE is accusing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE of ducking additional GOP presidential debates.

A day after Trump’s triumph in New York’s primary, Cruz noted that well over a month had passed since the Republican presidential candidates held a debate, and he blamed the front-runner.

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“It’s been 41 days since we’ve had a Republican debate, because Donald Trump is unwilling to stand on stage and debate, because he can’t defend his positions or his policies,” Cruz told reporters during the Republican National Committee's spring meeting. 

“Donald concluded the people of New York didn’t deserve a debate, but you know what? I think the people of Pennsylvania deserve a debate. I think there ought to be a debate before the vote next Tuesday.”

Trump pulled out of the last scheduled debate in favor of a speech at the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. That forced the Fox News debate to crumble, and it was never held. 

Cruz laid the responsibility partly at the feet of the media and threw in a barb at Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance MORE

“Our friends in the media seem perfectly content with not having debates. I don’t recall seeing on Fox News a debate countdown, '41 days and counting since the last debate,’ ” he said.

There have been a dozen GOP debates so far in the cycle. Several have attracted blockbuster ratings for the networks televising them.

Cruz also compared Trump unfavorably with Democrats.

“Why is it that [Democratic presidential candidates] Hillary Clinton and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE respect the voters more than Donald Trump? Hillary and Bernie had a debate. They are scheduling another one. What does it say [that] Hillary Clinton, the embodiment of imperial Washington arrogance, is more willing to submit to the voters and appear to debate than Donald Trump?”