By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
NBC's Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd questioned Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in an interview on Sunday. Todd accused him of repeating talking points instead of providing answers to any of his questions.
Todd, who was visibly frustrated, noted that Cruz had spent the entire interview “trying to eviscerate Donald Trump.”
“If he’s the nominee, I take it you can’t support him anymore, can you?” the host said.
Cruz continued to begin a line about Trump, but was interrupted by Todd, who interjected, “But are you going to support him?”
“I recognize that many in the media would love for me to surrender to Donald Trump,” Cruz replied.
“It’s not about the media,” Todd interrupted again. “Senator, it’s about the numbers. He may win. Republican voters are the ones rejecting you. This is not a media conspiracy, Senator.”
Cruz replied, “Donald can’t answer questions about his foreign policy.”
“Why can’t you answer the question of whether you can support Donald Trump or not?” Todd challenged. “You can’t answer that question. Why won’t you answer that question, straight-forward, black and white?”
Cruz then insisted that NBC executives were “partisan Democrats.”
“You don’t get to just say that,” Todd replied. “It’s just not true. Go ahead. You’re broad-brushing here, and this is exactly what people hate about the media and politics. Broad brushes, right?”
“I’m not willing to concede this country,” Cruz said. “If we lose this, we lose our country.”
Todd then quoted Cruz, saying who had said that it’s time to make a choice. “If it’s a time for choosing, say it, for him or against him as the nominee!” Todd said. He added, “Let the record show, you have not taken a position on whether you can support Trump if he’s the nominee.”
“And let the record show you tried very, very hard to get me to commit to supporting Trump,” Cruz concluded.
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