On the campaign trail in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticizes rival Donald Trump for skipping an upcoming debate, calling him a ''fragile soul.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz mocked main rival Donald Trump during a campaign stop in West Des Moines, Iowa over his withdrawal from the upcoming debate. Chiding him as "gentle" and a "fragile soul," Cruz dared Trump to engage in a one-on-one debate instead. "I'm going to propose a venue -- Western Iowa Tech, Saturday night in Sioux City, we already have it reserved," Cruz told the crowd. Trump, the Republican front-runner, pulled out of Thursday's debate -- only days before the first nominating contest -- in irritation at host Fox News for allowing anchorwoman Megyn Kelly to moderate, after her questioning angered him in a debate last year. "Now, if gentle Donald cannot handle Megyn Kelly, how about for a moderator instead, Mark Levin? And if gentle Donald is frightened by Mark (Levin) and Sean (Hannity) and Rush (Limbaugh), then we'll have no moderator whatsoever," Cruz suggested, referring to other conservative media figures. He then laid out the terms of the debate, to much cheering from the crowd. "I'll tell you what, Donald, you can invite half the people and control half the tickets, we'll invite half the people and half the tickets, and each of us will alternate asking questions from the men and women of Iowa who are going to vote in the caucus on Monday night," he added. In response to Cruz's initial challenge, Trump tweeted, "Even though I beat him in the first six debates, especially the last one, Ted Cruz wants to debate me again. Can we do it in Canada?" The real estate mogul has previously said that Cruz may be unable to run for president due to his Canadian birth.