Cruz: Trump ducking debates
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 3 in Texas Senate race Julián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting MORE is accusing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 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?”