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Ted Cruz Hits Back at CNN For Suggesting He’s Afraid to Appear on Network to Talk FL Shooting

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to Chris Cumo slamming him for not coming on CNN to discuss the Parkland, FL shooting by pointing to the debates he did on the network.

“Gosh, I seem to recall doing not 1, not 2, but THREE town hall debates w/ @BernieSanders on @CNN Each 90 min long. You can accuse me of many things, but being afraid of CNN is not one of them,” tweeted Cruz.

The tweet was in response to Cuomo accusing Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) of retreating to Fox News after the shooting:

“We invited Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz — he’s from Texas, but talks about this issue a lot — we invited the governor to come on the show this morning. They declined. We say, ‘Let’s get after it.’ It’s not a slogan, it’s an approach. You have to take these issues on. You’ve got to ask the tough questions, you must be held accountable. Rubio said this is an inexplicable tragedy — that couldn’t be less true. Governor Scott is actively fighting right now to penalize doctors who even ask patients in their state if they have firearms.”

Cuomo went on to explain that the officials would not be pressed on gun laws on CNN’s competing network.

“Where are they? They won’t come on here. They’re on Fox News this morning. The mothership,” said Cuomo. “So they won’t be pressed about gun control. What are they afraid of?”

Cuomo is correct that Cruz appeared on Fox News for an interview where he offered his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, and added that the Parkland tragedy — like other shootings — shouldn’t be used by Democrats “to try to politicize it.”

He went on to suggest the 17 deaths caused by the incident is just a part of life as “evil is sadly always present.”

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