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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz made the rounds on the morning shows Wednesday, with in-studio interviews on CBS This Morning, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today.
Cruz did six interviews in all, hitting the three network morning shows, as well as CNN’s New Day, FNC’s Fox and Friends, and Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria. Despite being in the building to talk to Today, Cruz did not schedule a visit to MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
— Team Cruz (@TeamTedCruz) March 23, 2016
On CBS, Cruz’s interview with Norah O’Donnell followed one with New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton, who said Cruz has “no idea what the hell he’s talking about” when he suggests police “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
Cruz dismissed the NYPD boss as merely a “political henchman” of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio:
In a conversation with Savannah Guthrie on Today, Cruz discussed Donald Trump’s threat to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife. “Donald is a bully,” Cruz said. “I told him last night, don’t you try to attack my wife.”
“She is way out of his league. If he wants to get in a character fight he should stick with me,” Cruz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.
Cruz delivered the same line on CNN’s New Day, and some have suggested it was lifted from the film The American President.
Ted Cruz literally lifted a line from The American President pic.twitter.com/BdG7Qcr4Ye
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 23, 2016