Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that CNBC, the network that served as key inspiration for the Tea Party movement, was too liberal to host the Republican debate on Wednesday.
“The questions asked in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media. This is not a cage match. Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Marco Rubio, why don’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? How about talking about the substantive issues?” the presidential candidate said to audience cheers.
He also bashed Anderson Cooper’s moderation of the Democratic debate earlier this month on CNN: “The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every thought and question from the media was, which of you is more handsome and why?”
“Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense, than ever participant in the Democratic debate,” Cruz continued.
“That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks. Nobody believes that the moderators have any intention of voting in a Republican primary. The questions being asked shouldn’t be trying to get people to tear into each other, it should be what are your substantive solutions to people –”
He was then cut off by moderator John Harwood, who said he couldn’t answer the question because Cruz used his time on “something else.”
CNBC is actually a network largely credited with inspiring the Tea Party movement — particularly a rant by CNBC host Rick Santelli, who called for a “tea party” to respond to the bailout of the economy in 2009 on the floor of the Chicago board of trade. Santelli also co-moderated Wednesday’s debate.