Trump and Cruz Feud as Trump Plans to Skip Tonight's GOP Debate

January 28, 2016
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In news from the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has announced he will be holding a separate event at Drake University in Iowa tonight at the same time as the Fox News-hosted GOP debate. This comes after Trump said he wouldn’t participate in the debate after Fox refused to remove anchor Megyn Kelly as one of the debate’s moderators. In August, during the first GOP debate, Kelly asked Trump about his history of calling women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals." After that debate, Trump criticized Kelly, saying, "She starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. And, you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever." Instead of participating in tonight’s debate, Trump says he’s holding a special event to benefit veteran organizations, although it’s unclear how the scheduled free event will in fact raise money for these groups. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, has booked another venue in Sioux City, Iowa, for his proposed "mano a mano" debate between him and Trump on Saturday. Trump has dismissed Cruz’s calls for the one-on-one debate, derisively suggesting it be held in Canada, a reference to Cruz’s birthplace. Cruz’s campaign website has also begun selling a version of Trump’s "Make America Great Again" baseball cap—except this version of the hat reads "Make Trump Debate Again." Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog predicts Cruz and Trump are currently neck and neck in Iowa.

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