Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (R-Texas) on Friday claimed that CNN delayed airing an exclusive interview with him about gun violence prevention after the network suggested that Cruz and other GOP lawmakers were "afraid" of interviewing.
"That's funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence," Cruz tweeted in response to a CNN anchor asking for answers on gun violence. "Why not air the (entire) interview?"
That's funny, I spoke to CNN for 15 mins yesterday about proactive solutions to prevent gun violence (like passing the Grassley-Cruz bill—which Dems filibustered—that would add $300 million for school safety) yet CNN has aired NONE of it. Why not air the (entire) interview? https://t.co/c4GZcqTbs7— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2018
Cruz later tweeted a photo showing him at the interview on the Capitol steps. He claimed it was a "15-min exclusive given yesterday."
Here's a pic of the @CNN interview -- a 15-min exclusive given yesterday -- that y'all still haven't aired... (While falsely claiming I'm "afraid" to talk to CNN.) https://t.co/Bo8AzsuGFX pic.twitter.com/sEtt4bTeUT— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 16, 2018
The conservative senator made the comment in response to CNN "New Day" host Chris Cuomo demanding answers from Cruz after the shooting. Cuomo had accused Republicans of dodging interviews for his Thursday program after a high school shooting in Florida on Wednesday that left 17 dead.
"If Cruz thinks gun control improvement is not the answer, what is? Ask the question, Senator: what are we going to do to stop school shootings? Don’t just say what won’t work, work to find an answer!" Cuomo said.
If Cruz thinks gun control improvement is not the answer, what is? Ask the question, Senator: what are we going to do to stop school shootings? Don’t just say what won’t work, work to find an answer! https://t.co/NAmAQOTudu— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 15, 2018
On Thursday, Cruz hit the network for airing a graphic during Cuomo's show that showed the words "what are [Republicans] afraid of?" over a photo of Cruz, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-Fla.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).
The three lawmakers have faced backlash over their response to the shooting, largely from supporters of gun control laws.
Cruz brought up the series of lengthy debates he held with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Bernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions MORE (I-Vt.) on CNN late last year, saying: "You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them."
The Hill reached out to CNN on whether the network plans to air the interview.